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Nate Ashton, son of Bill and Kelley Ashton, both of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, will serve as the college marshal for the College of Health and Human Development at the Penn State commencement ceremony.

About 25 percent of Americans are residents of rural communities. Urban and suburban residents typically have access to public transportation, innovative medical care, and cutting-edge prevention programs; however, rural residents often do not have such resources.

Paul Kempinski, president of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said he understands the importance of cultivating and mentoring the next generation of leaders. That’s why Kempinski, a 1982 Penn State alumnus and enterprise vice president for Nemours Children’s Health System, participates in the Department of Health Policy and Administration’s annual Professionals in the Classroom event. Twenty-five professionals participated in the October event, including many Penn State alumni.

“As a mentor once told me, the secret sauce to a life well lived is to follow your passion both professionally and personally,” said Gene Woods. “Penn State gave me the foundation to do both." Woods, who earned three degrees at Penn State, took that advice to heart and has found a balance in life that has allowed him to advance his career.

Almost 70 percent women in the U.S. over the age of 40 get mammograms at least every other year, but minority and foreign-born women report lower rates even though they are at an increased risk for developing advanced breast cancer. Penn State researchers recently published their findings about mammography disparities in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Penn State alumnus and military veteran Kevin Lynch founded the Quell Foundation, which works to eliminate the social stigma of mental illness.

The Center for Health Care Policy and Research at Penn State has completed a 10-year evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s massive community health care study.

Undergraduate peer writing tutors work with health police and administration students enrolled in the writing-intensive courses HPA 301W Health Policy Issues and HPA 390 Professional Development under the guidance of HPA Senior Lecturer and Writing Coach Tom Knarr.

Health policy and administration student Stephanie Bernal shares her experiences and successes from her internship this summer.

While taking the course LER 497F (HPA 497D/F) Human Resource Management: The Swedish Experience, students traveled to Sweden for 10 days. During their time abroad, students from the College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Health and Human Development were able to learn about human resource management from university scholars and at a number of companies, including Volvo and IKEA.

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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