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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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Current & Recent Projects

State-Led Evaluation of the Delaware State Innovation Model (SIM), 2016-2018

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Delaware's State Innovation Model (SIM) Plan is part of a multi-year process involving multiple stakeholders—consumers, health care providers, payers, community organizations and others—aimed at transforming the state's health system in ways that improve quality and lower health care costs. DE SIM is funded in part from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) State Innovation Models initiative established through the Affordable Care Act​. The initiative is managed by the Delaware Health Care Commission​ and supported by the Delaware Center for Health Innovation​.

Researchers in CCRS are partnering with researchers at Concept Systems, Inc.​ on a mixed methods system evaluation of DE SIM.  The evaluation is designed to be participant-oriented and utilization-focused. We are engaging stakeholders in a continuous improvement approach to examining the processes and outcomes of the DE SIM initiative.

DE SIM Evaluation Team (CCRS)

Erin K. Knight​, PhD, MPH, Associate Director and Assistant Professor

Mary Joan McDuffie​, MA, Associate Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Hira Rashid, MA, Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

DE SIM Evaluation Team (Concept Systems, Inc.)

Scott Rosas, PhD, Senior Consultant

Jessica Gosa, MSW, LMSW, Client Services Consultant

Justin Kessler, MA, Client Services Consultant


Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Collaborative, 2016

Health in All Policies (HiAP)​ is a cross-sector approach to decision-making that addresses the complex factors that influence health and equity at the state and community level. It requires engaging and collaborating with non-traditional partners in sectors that may not view themselves as having and interest in or influence on health, or do not see themselves as having a role in health promotion. The purpose of this project is to research promising practices, as well as collect baseline data across sectors, in order to develop recommendations for building a statewide HiAP Collaborat​ive in Delaware. The project supports the Delaware Division of Public Health's efforts to implement its health equity strategy with other state agencies and community partners.

For more information about this project, please contact Erin Knight, PhD, MPH. ​


Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners

​​R​eproduced courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build 

a Healthier America​ www.commissiononhealth.org 

Health equity—the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people—is a fundamental (though sometimes overlooked) goal of public health. A right to the attainment of optimal health was articulated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization in 1948 and continues to be central to a human rights-based approach to health.

The Health Equity Guide was originally created with the intent to support the Delaware Division of Public Health in the implementation of its health equity strategy. In this way, it is intended as a practical resource for professionals. At the same time, we saw the need for a more politically-aware approach to evidence based practice in public health, and this guide is an attempt to drive public dialogue in the right direction. It provides tools for health equity advocates at different levels of influence to shape healthy public policies and practices

Project team:

Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, CCRS

Gabrielle Ransford, Public Health Associate, Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health

Paige Gugerty, Undergraduate Public Policy Fellow, CCRS

Erin Dugan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, CCRS

Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Director of Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health

To view or download the complete guide, visit our Recent Publications​ page. For an interactive version of the guide, or to download individual sections, visit Delaware Health Equity Guide​. ​

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Current & Recent Projects
 
  • Center for Community Research & Service
  • 297 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: (302) 831-6780
  • Email: ccrs-ud@udel.edu