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Health Services Research Colloquium - Fall 2014

On Monday, September 8th, the Health Services Research Colloquium has kicked off for the Fall 2014 semester with Dr. Sujoy Chakravarty’s presentation, “Hospital Adjustments to Changing Demand and Provision of Uncompensated Care: Does Ownership Make a Difference?” Future topics, speakers and dates are listed below.

For those in the University Park area, the Colloquium convenes in 118 Keller Building from 11:30 - 1:00 pm.

Remote participants can join the colloquium via webinar each week by accessing the Adobe Connect address: and dial in number (712) 775-7031 Meeting ID:890-919-955.

The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Center for Health Care and Policy Research and the Department of Health Policy and Administration.

For more information, please contact Tracy Johnson at 814-863-9756 /

Monday, September 22

Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Information and Public Health
University of Michigan

"Exploring the Electronic Health Record-Performance Improvement Gap - A Contextual Lens"

Monday, October 13

Austin Frakt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health
Boston University

"A Press Release Is Not Enough: How You Can Help Bridge the Research-Policy Communication Gap "

Monday, November 3

Joe Schafer, Ph.D.
Area Chief for Statistical Computing, Center for Statistical Research & Methodology
U.S. Census Bureau

"Emergent Issues in Survey Science for Health Science Researchers"

Wednesday, November 12

Paul Haidet , M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences, Director, Medical Education Research
Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center

"Provider Patient Communication"


The Awards Committee is still looking for nominees for the three award categories. If you know of any HPA alumni who you think would fit one of the categories below, please send their name to Steph at

Alumni Recognition Award

The Alumni Recognition Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna of the College of Health and Human Development or College of Nursing who has demonstrated professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement in a health and human development field or nursing. Must have graduated more 10 years ago.

Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the College of Health and Human Development or College of Nursing who has positively impacted the quality of people's lives through service to others above and beyond their call of duty. Must have graduated more than 10 years ago.

Emerging Professional Awards

The Emerging Professional–Graduate Degree Award and the Emerging Professional–Undergraduate Degree Award recognize graduates of the past ten years who have demonstrated professional excellence and/or exemplary voluntary community involvement in the health and human development or nursing professions.

Health and Human Development/School of Nursing Alumni Tailgate

College of Health and Human Development/School of Nursing Alumni Tailgate will be on October 12, 2013 (Homecoming, before the Michigan game which is scheduled for 5 p.m.) Location: Spikes Stadium along Porter Road. If you are planning to attend, please notify Diane Collins via e-mail:

2013 Professionals in the Classroom (PIC)

The 2013 Professionals in the Classroom (PIC) event will be taking place on October 24th and 25th. Graduate courses on October 23rd are also available for PIC. Please contact Ken Cook at, if you are interested in volunteering for this program.

Penn State Night at The Phillies - April 22, 2013

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association hopes that your new year has produced many new ideas and possibilities for growth. We also wish that your new plans blossom in the fast-approaching Spring!

We are writing with a fantastic opportunity for partnership between our local groups—the Philadelphia Phillies home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 22 (7:05 p.m. start). The game is also a Dollar Dog Night. We would like to partner with you to sell tickets for the game, which will raise funds for our respective organizations. Per each ticket we sell—which are priced at $24 and $26—we (collectively) will receive $8.00 per ticket. The proceeds would be split among the partnering groups to support the initiatives of each group’s choosing.

If 500 tickets or more are sold, we also receive additional benefits from the Phillies, including:

  • Having a group on the field for batting practice
  • Someone to throw out the first pitch
  • 4 VIP seats
  • Promotional message on the video board

The partnering organizations would determine a fair way to allocate these benefit.

We have created two event pages, which you can review and use to pass along the information. If partnership does occur, we would update them accordingly. We have until March 22 to sell tickets before the Phillies begin releasing the unsold ones in our block back to the public.

As you consider this opportunity with your respective groups, please keep us up to date with your decisions. If you choose to partner with us, please reply by Friday, March 1, in order to give everyone as much time as possible to sell tickets. We firmly believe that it is a great opportunity not only to make money, but to spend time with fellow Penn Staters, eat cheap hot dogs, and enjoy a cross-state rivalry. At a minimum, we hope you consider advertising the event.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from, and possibly working with, you. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Health Policy and Administration and Biobehavioral Health
Networking Happy Hour - Bethesda, MD

The Penn State College of Health and Human Development's BBH and HPA Affiliate Program Groups (APGs) invite you to to a BBH/HPA Networking Happy Hour in Bethesda, MD.

Date, Time, and Location

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Union Jack's, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue
Bethesda MD, 20814


Drink specials, appetizers, and the occasional singing of Penn State fight songs – what could possibly be better?

Street and garage parking available. Short walk from the Bethesda metro station on the RED line.


For questions or to RSVP, please contact:

Alumni Reception at ACHE Conference in Chicago

March 12, 2013

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Hilton Chicago
Conference Room 4C

Alumni Reception at the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, PA

March 20th, 2013

Alumni Reception at the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, PA, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Joyce Hanscom at

Stanley P. Mayers Dinner and Lecture

April 17th, 2013

Stanley P. Mayers Dinner and Lecture, 5:30 -10 p.m., The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA.

The Mayers Lecture will be delivered by Mary Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology; Director of NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, University of Pennsylvania. An invitation with details to be sent to alumni later.

HPA-APG and CT PSU Alumni Chapter Hockey Outing

January 4th and 5th, 2013

The HPA-APG is joining the CT PSU Alumni Chapter at the UConn/PSU Men’s Hockey game on January 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m. If you live nearby, please join us!

We are planning to have an hors d’oeuvres reception with the team at the Nathan Hale Inn on the UConn campus following the game on Friday January 4. The cost will be $15 per person. Please e-mail Terry at if you would like to participate in the postgame event.

On Saturday, January 5, we’ll be having an informal “tailgate” type gathering ourselves (not with the team) at the Nathan Hale Inn starting at around 5:00 p.m. Feel free to just show up at this one, no need to RSVP. You may purchase tickets to the games through UConn in advance or likely the days of the games as we do not anticipate sellouts.

Professionals in the Classroom

The Professionals in the Classroom event will be held on October 11-12, 2012. Please contact Ken Cook at for more information.

HHD Alumni Tailgate

Please join fellow College of Health and Human Development alumni at a tailgate before the Penn State vs. Navy football game on Saturday, September 15, 2012 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

HPA APG Neworking Reception in Washington, D.C

The Health Policy and Administration Affiliate Program Group invites you to an alumni networking reception in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Johnny’s Half Shell 400 N. Capitol St. NW Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP by May 4 to Kathleen Rider at or 814-863-4157.

Networking Reception

Please join the Penn State HPA-APG as we partner with HLNDV to bring you this event. This is the third time our groups have worked together and it has been a great way to expand our network and meet colleagues in healthcare management. This event is especially valuable as it offers the opportunity for CE credits. There will also be time for networking with alumni from the Delaware Valley. Please plan to attend this event!

View the invitation

CIHDS Workshop

The fourth annual CIHDS Workshop will be hosted at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA on Thursday, April 5, 2012. One of the aims of CIHDS is to foster an interdisciplinary environment for academia and industry to address challenges in improving healthcare delivery through the application of technology, engineering, and systems principles. This year our workshop is designed to facilitate a discussion and future work on operational perspectives and research perspectives to improve the healthcare system with care coordination, empowering the individual patient, and using data to make decisions.

Department to host MHA 25th Anniversary Celebration in April

Join the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of Health Policy and Administration on Friday, April 27, 2012 for an afternoon and evening of celebration as we commemorate the first quarter century of professional master of health administration education at Penn State, and launch our vision for the future. Hear department faculty and health care leaders discuss the changes and challenges facing health care leadership; see current students demonstrate their capstone projects; learn about our new World Campus Master of Health Administration program; join us for dinner and connect with alumni and supporters of the program and department.

ACHE Congress Reception

Please join us for an alumni reception at the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress in Chicago, Illinois.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago - "Atlanta Room"

No RSVP is needed; for more information, please contact Deb Barger at

HPA alumni meet at AUPHA workshop

HPA alumni who are health administration faculty at several different universities met at the 2011 Undergraduate Workshop in Birmingham, Alabama in November. The workshop was sponsored by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Penn State HPA Alums meet

(L-R): Keith Benson '91g, '01g, associate professor of management at Winthrop University; M. Paige Powell '03g, assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama-Birmingham; and Karen Kent '88, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at Xavier University.

Pittsburgh Alumni Reception

The HPA APG is having a reception at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh on March 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Joseph D. Dionisio
Professor of Practice and Director of External Relations and MHA, at

Basketball outing planned at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT)

The HPA APG is partnering with the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association for a basketball outing!

Watch the Penn State mens basketball team take on the University of Kentucky at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT on Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets are $27 each. To attend, please complete the registration form. Registrations must be received by Friday, November 4.

Networking event planned in Philadelphia

2nd Annual Healthcare Administration Program Alumni Networking Event
Thursday, May 5, 2011 • Philadelphia, PA

Penn State Reception at ACHE 2011

The Department of Health Policy and Administration cordially invites you to a reception introducing students, alumni, friends and faculty associated with Health Policy and Administration. The reception will be held in affiliation with ACHE’s 2011 Congress in Chicago, IL on March 21-24.

This will be an opportunity to connect with other alumni as well as current HPA faculty and students; more than 30 HPA students and faculty will be in attendance. Note that the RSVP is simply so we can get a general number count. Even if you don't RSVP, but find later that you can attend, please do so.

See details of the reception at

2011 Mentor of the Year

As part of our mentoring program, an outstanding Mentor is selected as Mentor of the Year. Selection is made after a review of nominations submitted by the protégés. The winner for 2011 is Randy Coulthard, who was nominated by his protégé Kelly Reinhardt. Congratulations, Randy!

2011 Mentoring Program Underway

This year's Mentoring Program kicked off on Saturday, February 26 at the Nittany Lion Inn at our annual Mentoring dinner. There are 28 new students who will be participating, Making this one of the largest classes we have ever had, and making us the largest mentoring program in the College of Health and Human Development. They will be working with mentors from five states, many of whom are new to the program this year. Thanks to Cathy Stout, Mentor of the Year from 2010, who gave a presentation on her experience as a mentor, and to Shane Flickenger, John Massimilla, Kelly Reinhardt, and Randy Coulthard who provided leadership for our break out sessions.

'Jump Starting Your Career' Workshop a Success

On Saturday, February 26, 2011 several of our alumni provided an opportunity for our HPA students and those considering the major to sit down and discuss what one needs to do to prepare for a career in various health care industries. Over 75 people were in attendance. Thanks to Ken Cook, Randy Coulthard, Stephanie Donolli, John Massimilla, Reshma Patel, Diane Spokus, and Steve Wagman for their help in advising our students.

Google Group Established for HPA Mentors

In an effort to provide a forum for mentors to exchange ideas, discuss problems, and otherwise communicate with each other, Ken Cook, Chairman of the Mentoring Committee, has established a Google Group for the HPA Mentoring Program. The group has been established as means for mentors to communicate with each other once they leave the Mentoring Dinner and are deep into the mentoring relationship with their protégés. Membership in this group is limited to past and current mentors as well as staff and faculty from the Department. Visit the HPA Mentoring Google Group homepage at You can e-mail the HPA Mentoring Group at For more information or to join the group, contact Ken Cook at

MACS Award Honors HPA APG’s Accomplishments

The Health Policy and Administration Affiliate Program Group (HPA APG) received the 2010 MACS Award from the Health and Human Development Alumni Society’s board of directors. The award is presented annually to one APG each year for outstanding accomplishments related to the MACS framework—which stands for Mentoring, Awards, Communications, and Social/Professional Activities. Steve Wagman ’82 HPA and fellow APG board member David McClung ’79 HPA accepted the award at the HHD Alumni Society board’s awards dinner on Friday, November 12.

The HPA APG has engaged alumni in many activities related to the MACS framework in the past year. In the area of mentoring, the APG’s annual “Professionals in the Classroom” day has continued to grow and this year featured more than twenty alumni from seven states. The APG presents several alumni awards, in conjunction with the HPA department, each year. In the past year, the APG has worked to update and expand its website, and communicates with alumni regularly as part of the department’s electronic and print newsletters. The APG has also dramatically expanded its offerings of social and professional activities for alumni, sponsoring events in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and State College, with additional events being planned.

Central PA Healthcare Executives Forum

September 24, 2010
Central PA Healthcare Executives Forum
Holiday Inn – Harrisburg East
Included a discussion on The Healthcare Organization’s Role in Public Policy: A Legislative Update
View the invitation

Professionals in the Classroom

October 14-15, 2010
This program invites HPA alumni representing many organizations and career paths within healthcare to speak on a variety of topics to supplement the course content of several HPA classes over the two day period. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Ken Cook at

2009 Department Alumni Award Winners

The recipients of the Department Alumni Awards are as follows

Emerging Professional Award Undergrad: Katie Starkey

Emerging Professional Award MHA: Sandhya Henry

Emerging Professional Award Ph.D.: Keith Benson

Alumni Recognition Award: Greg Cullison