Past News in Health Policy and Adminisration (HPA)


Faculty member receives American Public Health Association award
Dr. Patricia Miranda, assistant professor of health policy and administration, is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding New Community Public Health Professional Award from the American Public Health Association Latino Caucus. Miranda began working in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in October, and her research looks at health care disparities affecting vulnerable populations.

HPA shows up in full force to support Women’s Resource Center fundraiser
This year’s Centre Country Women's Resource Center's 5K Steps to Safety fundraiser included an outstanding representation of participants from the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State. An HPA team and an HPA Master of Health Administration team, with combined participants totaling nineteen walkers/runners, raised funds and put their feet to ground to support efforts to curb violence against women.

Clark eager to contribute to HPA teaching/research
Dr. Jonathan Clark has joined the department as assistant professor and he is teaching HPA 503, Understanding Organizational Behavior, this fall. His teaching and research interests center on strategy, innovation, and organizational design in the hospital industry.

Master of Health Administration students reach semi-finals at case competition
Students Schaeffer Charles, Gabriel Oshode, Latoya Tatum, and Joe Hwang competed in mid-October at the fifteenth-annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. The competition was sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).

Grant-writing seminars aim to help health care organizations
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) will be hosting four upcoming training sessions—one in each geographic region of the state—on grant-writing basics for organizations in the health care industry. Health care providers and community-based organizations are invited to attend one of the six-hour sessions to learn more about how to write an effective grant proposal.

Seasoned health care manager/executive joins Penn State faculty
Joseph Dionisio has joined the Department of Health Policy and Administration as professor of practice and director of external relations and master of health administration (M.H.A.) professional development. He comes to Penn State after spending more than thirty-five years in health care financial management, including seven years as president and CEO of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

On-the-job injuries hurt home health care industry
Training can alleviate some of the pain that occupational injuries bring to the long-term care industry, according to Penn State researchers. The study looked at injuries among home health aides. "In our research, we saw a cascading effect," said Dr. Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration. "Employees who had no training or did not believe their training prepared them well had more injuries. Those employees were also much less likely than non-injured employees to recommend their organization as a place at which to work or seek services."

Master of Health Administration student named ESPN Academic All-American
David Lutz, a Master of Health Administration student and pitcher for Penn State's men's baseball team, was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America Third Team. Lutz, who maintains a 3.84 grade-point average, led Penn State in innings pitched and earned-run average (ERA) in 2010. He also holds the Big Ten records for single-season and career appearances.

Health care reform expected to expand job opportunities
The health care reform legislation passed in March is expected to expand insurance to cover 30 million more people, which will open up job opportunities in the field of health care administration. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at Penn State are designed to prepare students for these future leadership roles, and the department is finding ways to adapt its curriculum to address the forthcoming changes.

Alumna discusses involvement in health care reform
A year after graduating from Penn State, Devon Trolley is in the middle of the most heated political debates in recent years—health care reform. As a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow, she works with the health staff of one of the major proponents of reform, Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller (Democrat-West Virginia), to prepare background and preparatory materials for a variety of health reform topics. She returned to campus on April 19 to share her experience with faculty and students and to explain the details of the bill and how that might affect them.

Radio show draws on faculty expertise for health care reform piece
Two faculty members in the Department of Health Policy and Administration were interviewed for a recent WPSU radio segment about health care reform. Dr. Pamela Short, professor and director of Penn State’s Center for Health Care and Policy Research, discussed how the new legislation will affect young adults, including health insurance premium regulation and requirements for individuals to purchase health insurance. Short was involved in the previous push for national health care reform under President Clinton and now researches which populations lack insurance in the United States. Dr. Diane Brannon, professor, whose son is a recent college graduate, was interviewed about how the reform will affect her son. Listen to the interview about health insurance reform.

New health care reform bill is learning opportunity for students
President Obama signed new health care form legislation on March 23, and without skipping a beat, Dr. Dennis Scanlon, associate professor of health policy and administration, saw this as an educational opportunity. Students in a graduate-level course he teaches, HPA 597: Seminar in Health Care Finance and Policy, will be studying the impact of the new piece of legislation in its current form and as it progresses. The class was featured on a local television station, WTAJ.

Mayers Lecture centers on population health
Dr. David Nash, the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, will be presenting the 2010 Mayers Lecture. His lecture, titled "Population Health and the Path to a Better Health System," will be given on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at The Nittany Lion Inn. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

M.H.A. students place third in case competition
Three Penn State students in the Master of Health Administration program (M.H.A.), received third place in the annual Health Administration Case Competition hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on February 11, 2010. In the competition, twenty-four teams of health administration students from universities across the country were challenged with developing solutions to the same real-world dilemma. This year, the competition centered on hospital and physician alignment.
“It’s really interesting to be in these competitive situations,” says Jeff Knorr, one of the M.H.A. students from the team, “because it lets us see how great our M.H.A. program is.”

Study to identify early risk factors for cognitive delay in children
Penn State researchers Dr. Marianne Hillemeier, associate professor of health policy and administration, and Dr. Paul Morgan, assistant professor of special education, and Dr. George Farkas from the University of California, Irvine, are seeking a better understanding of the early risk factors for cognitive delays to give early childhood researchers and practitioners important information about a child's cognitive development before entering kindergarten.

HPA professor to present at Penn State Law conference on foster youth
Dr. Elizabeth Farmer, associate professor of health policy and administration, will be presenting at an upcoming interdisciplinary conference called "Youth in Transition," which is organized by Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law. Farmer's presentation is titled "Placement Considerations for Youth in Care."

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