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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • 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
    MPA '13 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • 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
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • 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 Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • 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
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • 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
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • 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
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • 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
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.e
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  • 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
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • 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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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • 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
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • 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
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Recent Projects

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.​

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.​

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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