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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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Contraceptive use of Delaware Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities.  McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Lee, Jae Chul, PhDGifford, Kathryn, PhDKnight, Erin, PhD, MPHBoudreaux, Michel, PhD. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8, 2017.​​McDuffie APHA Presentation Handouts FINAL.pdf 

Dentists’ Comfort in Providing Dental Care to People with Various Types of Disabilities in Delaware. Lee, Jae Chul, PhD; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA.  Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8, 2017.​​ 

Geographic Variation, Community Characteristics, and short and long-term contraceptive method selection by Medicaid enrolled women.  Gifford, Kathryn, PhD; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Xie, Liyang, MA; Knight, Erin, PhD, MPH; Boudreaux, Michel, PhD;  Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8, 2017.​​Gifford APHA handouts FINAL.pdf

Postpartum LARC utilization and subsequent births among Delaware's Medicaid population. Knight, Erin, PhD, MPH; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MAGifford, Kathryn, PhDBoudreaux, Michel, PhD.  Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8, 2017.​​Postpartum LARC APHA_Knight_FINAL.pdf

Relationship of Oral Health Literacy with Self-Reported Oral Health Status among Delaware Adults with Disabilities in Non-Group Settings. Lee, Jae Chul, PhD; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November 4-8, 2017.​​

Geographic Variation in Medicaid Financed Contraceptive Use in Delaware.  Gifford, Kathryn, PhD; Boudreaux, Michel, PhDMcDuffie, Mary Joan, MAKnight, Erin, PhD, MPH.   Presented at Academy Health 2017 Annual Research Meeting, June 25-27, 2017.Gifford AcademyHealth Geographic Variation Poster.pdf

Pregnancy, Birth and Contraceptive Use Among Delaware Medicaid Women with Disabilities.  McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Gifford, Kathryn, PhD; Lee, Jae Chul, PhD; Knight, Erin K., PhD, MPHBoudreaux, Michel, PhD.  Presented at Academy Health 2017 Annual Research Meeting, June 25-27, 2017.McDuffie AcademyHealth Disability poster Final.pdf

​Systems Approach to Evaluation of the Delawarer State Innovation Model.  Rashid, Hira, MS; Knight, Erin, PhD, MPH; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Duran, Kelly, MA; Rosas, Scott, PhD.  AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference​, January​ 30-31, 2017. ​rashid, H (2017) Academy Health.pdf

Promoting Evidence-Informed Public Health Programs and Policies for Individuals with Disabilities in Delaware using Medicaid Claims Data.  Lee, Jae Chul, PhD​; McDuffie, Mary ​Joan, MA.  AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference, January 30-31, 2017.  Promoting evidence-informed PH programs policies AcademyHealth 2017.pdf

Mapping Poverty, Medicaid Enrollment, and Access to Medical Care in Delaware; Selections from Center for Community Research & Service.  

Moser, Shelby, BS; Sedegui, Sonya, BS; Gifford, Kathryn, PhD., McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Peuquet, Steven W., PhD​Knight, Erin K., PhD, MPH; Chizeck, Seth, BS.  University of Delaware World GIS Day, November 16, 2016.

Impact of a New Emergency Department on Healthcare Utilization in a Medically Underserved Area​.  Gifford, Kathryn, PhD.   American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo,  October 29 - November 2, 2016.​​

Children in Foster Care: Cross-agency Research and Recommendations.  Gifford, Kathryn, PhD., Knight, Erin K., PhD, MPH​McDuffie, Mary Joan, MAZorc, Catherine, MD, MPH​.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo​,  October 29 - November 2, 2016.​

Health (Equity) in All PoliciesKnight, Erin K., PhD, MPHAchieving Healthy Weights in the 1st State, DE Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living​, Delaware State University and the DE Cancer Consortium; June 1, 2016. HiAP_K​night_6.1.16.pdf

Health Service Utilization of Children in Delaware Foster Care, 2013-2014Zorc, Catherine​, MD, MPH; Gifford, Katie, PhD; Knight, Erin K​., PhD, MPH; McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA. ACCEL Community Research Exchange - 2016​, May 23, 2016. ​ ​ACCEL Foster Care Presentation.pdf

​​Delaware's Children in Foster Care – Health Service Utilization​​. Zorc, Catherine​, MD, MPH and Gifford, Katie, PhD.  Delaware Health Care Commission; May 5, 2016.  Foster Care Health Care Commission.pdf

Building state capacity for health equity: A guide for health practitioners and partnersKnight, Erin​ K., PhD, MPH; Codes-Johnson, Cassandra, MPA; Ransford, Gabrielle.  Amer​ican Public Health Association Conference,​ November 4, 2015.

​​​Premature Mortality among Public Mental Health Clients Enrolled in Medicaid​. Papas, Mia., PhD;  McDuffie, Mary Joan, MA; Gifford, Katie, PhD, Mazade, Noel, Botticello, Amanda, PhD;  Tulsky, David, PhD; Pohlig, Ryan​, PhD;  Gallucci,Gerald, PhD; Ame​​rican Public Health Association Conference,​ November 4, 2015.​

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