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The Health Resources and Services Administration has recognized 10 states — including Pennsylvania — for outstanding quality performance of their Critical Access Hospitals in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year.

Women who experience a false-positive mammogram result are more likely to begin medication for anxiety or depression than women who received an immediate negative result, according to a study led by Penn State researcher Joel Segel. The finding highlights the importance of swift and accurate follow-up testing to rule out a breast cancer diagnosis.

The College of Health and Human Development announces its 2017 student recipients of the Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing.

The National Academy of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently named the 2017-18 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows, which includes Caprice Knapp, associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State.

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Dr. Jeffrey Wong, associate dean for medical education at Penn State, and Morgan Decker, medical student design partner, who discuss an innovative approach to medical education at Penn State.

As a supplement to the major, many health policy and administration students select a minor in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or Global Health to better prepare them for their career goals.

Amelia Browning, a Schreyer Honors College undergraduate student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), received the 2017 Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, outreach associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, and a Penn State alumna, to serve as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Affairs.

Twenty-two students will complete six weeks of fieldwork in either Senegal, South Africa or Tanzania this summer as part of their 21-credit Global Health minor capstone project. To help prepare them for the trip, health care coordinators from each of the countries visited campus last month.

Researchers in the Penn State College of Nursing are testing an intervention that involves family members in the recovery process for individuals with dementia, following their short-term hospitalization for acute medical conditions.

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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