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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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Selected Reports

Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners

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The purpose of this guide is to provide a resource to assist the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH)​ and its partners in moving farther upstream to address the underlying causes of health inequities in Delaware’s communities. By raising awareness of the social determinants of health and sharing strategies and lessons learned, the goal is to enhance our collective capacity to foster optimal health for all Delawareans. 

For an interactive version of the guide, please visit:  Delaware Health Equity Guide​

Authors: 

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​

Publication Date:  2015​

Funding Agency:  State of Delaware Division of Public Health​

Report: health equity guide.pdf

Optimizing Health Outcomes for Children with Asthma in Delaware: An analysis of health service utilization and cost among Nemours clients enrolled in Medicaid

This report presents the findings from our analysis of the healthcare services provided to children in the Nemours system covered by the State’s Medicaid program, and compares utilization of healthcare services and costs between children assigned to the Nemours Asthma Registry with two other categories of children served by Nemours. More specifically, it compares Asthma Registry clients with a cohort of children not in the re​gistry, but who have an asthma diagnosis; as well as with a cohort of Nemours clients without an asthma diagnosis to provide a frame of reference. Further, it examines utilization and cost across two distinct time periods, meant to represent baseline and intervention period. 

Authors: 

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Associate Policy Scientist, CCRS​

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

Hira Rashid, MA, Research Associate, CCRS​​

Publication Date: 2015

Funding Agency: Nemours Health and Prevention Services​, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation (CMMI) grant​

Reports:

Final Report:   Asthma Report Final.pdf

Report to the Delaware Task Force on the Health of Children in Foster Care

In June 2014, the Delaware General Assembly established a Task Force on the Health of Children in Foster Care. The Task Force was charged with studying the health and receipt of healthcare services of children in the custody of the State of Delaware. This report contributes to the work of the Task Force by providing an analysis of the healthcare services provided to children in foster care through the State’s Medicaid program. Medicaid claims data supplied by the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) and data supplied by the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) on foster care placements provide the basis for this analysis. The study provides aggregate information about selected diagnoses, prescription drug utilization and healthcare services billed for the 1,458 children in foster care during fiscal years 2013 and 2014. In order to better understand the health and healthcare utilization of children in foster care in context, we also present a comparison between the cohort of children in foster care and a comparable cohort of 124,667 non-foster care children participating in Medicaid during this time period.

Authors: 

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

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Associate Policy Scientist, CCRS

Katie Gifford, MS, PhD, Research Associate, CCRS​​

Steven W. Peuquet, PhD, Director, CCRS

State Of Delaware Foster Care Task Force

Publication Date: 2015

Funding Agency:  State of ​Delaware,  Nemours Health and Prevention Services​

Reports:  

Executive Summary: Foster Care Executive Summary.pdf

Full Report: Health of Children in Foster Care Task Force Report.pdf

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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