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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Optimizing Health Outcomes for Children with Asthma in Delaware, 2015

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Nemours Children Health System​ launched an asthma intervention program titled, "Optimizing Health Outcomes for Children with Asthma in Delaware" on July 1, 2012 with funding from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) Award. In December 2014, Nemours engaged the services of the University of Delaware, Center for Community Research and Service, to conduct an analysis of the health services utilization among children enrolled in Medicaid that are served by the Nemours health system in order to help evaluate the asthma intervention. The analysis was meant to help answer two major questions related to the initial goals of the project: (1) Compared to a period before services were provided, has the frequency of serious asthma-related health incidents (defined as emergency department visits and hospitalizations) decreased? (2) Has the total cost of these services decreased? In investigating these questions, data on asthma-related health incidents, healthcare service utilization and healthcare costs extracted from the Delaware Medicaid clai​ms data and linked with Nemours asthma home health care visit data were analyzed pre- and post, geographically and by demographic characteristics. See the asthma project reports and publications in our​ Rece​nt Publications​​​ section.                                           

Health Service Utilization of Children in Delaware Foster Care, 2015

​The Delaware General Assembly established the Delaware Task Force on the Health of Children in Foster Care in 2014 with the assignment of examining health services for children in the Delaware foster care system.  CCRS supported the work of the task force by analyzing the Delaware Medicaid claims to compare health care utilization patterns of children in foster care with other children in Medicaid.  Data from the Delaware Division of Family Services was linked with the Medicaid claims data in order to identify the children in foster care along with variables of time in system and type of foster care.  See the Foster Care reports and publications in our Recent Publications​​ section.

Predictors of Premature Mortality among Medicaid Clients with Mental Illness, 2014-2015

​A retrospective cohort mortality study of mental health clients enrolled in Delaware Medicaid as of January 1, 2011was conducted for deaths occurring between January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. The primary investigator for this project was Dr. Mia Papas from the College of Health Sciences.  Associations with medical care utilization and premature mortality were analyzed by fitting logistic regression models.  Mental health clients were identified from a data set from the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Death data was provided by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).  CCRS linked the DSAMH and DPH data with the Delaware Medicaid claims in order to assess the health care utilization. 

Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities, 2013-2016

​Through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), working with the primary investigator - Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware – CCRS provided profiles of Medicaid health utilization comparing individuals with disabilities to the remaining population.  In addition, CCRS analyzed the Behavioral R​isk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for Delaware to measure health indicators (for example, cancer screenings) between the two populations.​  See:

The Impact of a New Emergency Department On Healthcare Utilization By Delaware Medicaid Clients: An Application Of The Travel Cost Method, 2014-2016

​Doctoral dissertation by Katherine Gifford, School of Public Policy and Administration, was successfully defended in June, 2016.  Using Medicaid claims data, emergency department utilization prior to and after the opening of the new Middletown, Delaware emergency department was analyzed using three methods:  logistic regression, negative binomial regression and seemingly unrelated regression. 

Feasibility of A Community Paramedicine Program in New Castle County, Delaware, 2016

​Senior thesis by Jeffery Kalcynski, College of Health Sciences​, which examined emergency department utilization in New Castle County.  Looking at diagnoses and procedures, the study identifies patient demographics and utilization that may benefit from a mobile integrated healthcare program.​

Identifying Individuals with Disabilities, 2015-2016

​Through the Association of University of University Centers on Disabilities, and in conjunction with the primary investigator, Center for Disabilities Studies  (CDS) at the University, CCRS is involved in a five-state project which is testing identifying individuals with disabilities using diagnosis codes in the Medicaid claims data set for the years 2008 – 2013. The protocol for identifying the individuals is being tested against data received from the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities merged with the Delaware Medicaid medical claims data.  Once individuals are identified, health care utilization for different types of disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism, etc) are summarized.

Adult Medicaid Patients with Type II Diabetes in Delaware, 2017

​An overview of Medicaid and the problem of Type II diabetes in the United States, including its underlying causal factors, will be summarized. Delaware’s Medicaid claims data will be analyzed to identify trends and disparities in care utilization among nonelderly adult Medicaid patients with type II diabetes between 2008 and 2015. The results of this analysis will be discussed in relation to existing research on type II diabetes and its connections with Medicaid.  In addition to a final report, this research provided a basis for a Master’s Thesis for a graduate student in UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

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  • Center for Community Research & Service
  • 297 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: (302) 831-6780
  • Email: ccrs-ud@udel.edu
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  • 100 West 10th Street, Suite 812, Wilmington, 19801
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