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Shane Flickinger, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health policy and administration in 2010 through a five-year, dual-degree option; and his wife, Mallory Flickinger, have pledged a gift to the College of Health and Human Development, which will support a health policy and administration undergraduate student who is completing an internship involving rural health initiatives and shows exemplary promise in the field.

Nicolas Jacoubs, an undergraduate student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), is the recipient of the 2018 Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award. The award recognizes community achievement by a HPA senior undergraduate student who has demonstrated service and commitment to a community or an underserved population, preferably in a rural area of Pennsylvania.

As the leader of the student club that manages a food pantry for Penn State students is set to graduate in May, she is calling on underclassmen to step up and ensure the critical service remains intact well into the future.

Susan Robinson, business adviser, TED Talk speaker and Penn State alumna, will present "Dis-labeled: You are not who they say you are" as part of the Health and Human Development Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series.

Dr. David Nash, a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement, will present the 21st Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture, “Educational leadership for population health.”

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health has received a $50,000 grant to fund a project entitled “Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison,” designed to improve the oral health of children in rural Pennsylvania. The project is funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) recently received the Rural Health Legislator of the Year Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH). This award recognizes an outstanding legislator from Pennsylvania for their work and support of rural health initiatives that address an identified need in their district or across the state.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its 2017 Faculty and Staff Awards. A reception honoring the awardees was held Nov. 15 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building at Penn State University Park.

Three Penn State researchers and their colleague replicated an earlier but provocative study that found that minority children are less likely to be identified as having disabilities as they attend U.S. schools.

Researchers in the College of Health and Human Development contributed to the 2017 Women’s Health Research Day Conference by sharing research and moderating panel discussions.

Academic achievement, involvement in professional associations recognized

HPA seniors Lilliya Gortman and Jennifer Bear are recent recipients of The AUPHA/Foster G. McGaw Scholarship.

PORH addresses rural population health through web-based portal

In an effort to extend population health initiatives in rural areas in Pennsylvania, and to provide rural health care providers and community-based organizations with data and tools, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has contracted with the Health Communities Institute (HCI) for ten, largely rural, counties in Pennsylvania.

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