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The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 14 graduates on Oct. 4 with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Five Penn State students studying health policy and administration gained hands-on experience this summer through internships at Johns Hopkins.

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Sheridan Miyamoto, who discusses the problem of sexual assault and health care’s response in underserved and rural communities.

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) are being implemented in an increasing number of states to address their misuse, and a team of Penn State researchers, including Young Hee Nam, Yunfeng Shi, Dennis Shea and John Moran, have been investigating their impact.

Larry Baronner, rural health systems manager and deputy director at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), was awarded the 2017 Calico Leadership Award at the State Flex Program Reverse Site Visit in Bethesda, Maryland.

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.

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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