Letter from the Royal Statistical Society

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We are very pleased to receive the support of the renown Royal Statistical Society (United Kingdom) for our upcoming special issue on Statistics and Health. The Royal Statistical Society takes an active role in the discussions around open access and the availability of data, especially in the context of health systems. The organization also promotes initiatives to help develop statistical literacy and numeracy skills.

Letter from the Royal Statistical Society:

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4th March 2014

Dear Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences,

I am writing to you as President of the Royal Statistical Society. We are an international Society of statisticians with 6,000 Fellows around the world, and we celebrate our 180th anniversary this year. We were one of the organisations behind the International Year of Statistics, and we were very pleased that you were an active partner in this celebration of statistics.

I was delighted to hear that you are publishing a special issue in 2014 on the critical role of statistics in analysing the determinants of health. You are building on a long and wonderful tradition. To give one example from our own history, Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of statistics in the Crimean War to show how unsanitary conditions in hospitals were a principal cause of high mortality rates. She was the first woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 1858.

May I congratulate all of your authors and readers on their interest in this critical area, and I hope that you will be inspired by the work of early pioneers such as Nightingale and will follow in their footsteps.

All of us at the Royal Statistical Society wish you the very best in the work you are doing.

Yours sincerely,

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John Pullinger



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For all the students and researchers whom the IJHS wish to serve, the Editorial Board would like to thank the President of the Royal Statistical Society, Mr. John Pullinger, and its Executive Director, Mr. Hetan Shah, for their kind words of encouragement and inspiration.

We invite students and researchers who would like to contribute to our special issue to submit a manuscript by March 31st, 2014. More details are available in our Call for submissions.

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Gatien de Broucker

Économiste de la santé | Health Economist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Gatien is studying health economics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has a keen interest for health literacy and the management and development of health knowledge. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IJHS between 2013 and 2014.

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