The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) provides a range of health policy–related services to many of Delaware's governmental and healthcare organizations, such as the Delaware Division of Public Health, the Delaware Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, and the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Frequently focusing on health policy issues facing state and local governments, IPA has responded to requests for:
- Tools and resources for local government officials, healthcare professionals
- GIS mapping and analysis
- Assessing the built environment and health impact of Delaware communities
- Analysis and evaluation of policy options for state government and nonprofit healthcare organizations
- Training programs related to the built environment and social determinants of health
Health Policy Expertise
- Improving the walkability/bikeability of communities in order to achieve environmental, health, and economic benefits to local communities
- Designing and updating funding mechanisms/formulas to allocate public funds to health prevention programs
- Analyzing small employers' knowledge, attitude, and opinions about options for expanding health insurance coverage
- Studying what the uninsured say about the quality of their health care
- Promising practices to narrow and eliminate racial and ethnic healthcare disparities
- Enhancing quality measurement using the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS)
IPA health policy projects often are conducted in collaboration with the School of Public Policy and Administration's Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research.
Courses in health policy and the economics of health care, offered through the University of Delaware's School of Public Policy and Administration and the graduate program of the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, provide SPPA research fellows an opportunity to learn a broad array of skills needed to analyze and craft sensible health policy and to manage public and nonprofit health service institutions.
For more information about Health Policy at the Institute for Public Administration, contact Eric Jacobson.