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October 8, 2014

Judith A. Shinogle Award Lecture November 14

Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award Lecture and Reception
Friday, November 14, 2014
6:00-7:30 pm, Public Policy Building Room 206
Reception immediately following lecture
RSVP to Pam Mollen by November 10 (

Please join UMBC faculty, students, staff and guests for a presentation by 2014 Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award recipient Alison Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is a Ph.D. candidate in the health policy concentration. She received her BA from Boston University, and an MPP from George Washington University. An analyst in health care financing for the Congressional Research Service (CRS), she assists members of Congress and their staff with policy and legislative issues related to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Mitchell was a budget analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, a senior policy analyst for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, and a legislative deputy for a Los Angeles City Council member. Her dissertation research focuses on Medicaid managed care coverage for children. Specifically, she is analyzing whether Medicaid managed care coverage for children achieves cost savings for Medicaid and improves health care quality and access.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Memorial Fund in her memory to provide support for doctoral students committed to health policy research. At the time of her death, Dr. Shinogle was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Public Policy.

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August 27, 2013

MIPAR receives HUD grant to study asthma interventions in Baltimore

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant to MIPAR, the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI), and The Hilltop Institute at UMBC to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the reduction in asthma and associated Medicaid expenditures resulting from the implementation of GHHI’s interventions. GHHI is a national program spearheaded by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. The aim of GHHI is to integrate health-based housing interventions with weatherization to create access to healthy homes for children in low income neighborhoods.

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June 10, 2013

Brent Gibbons joins staff as post-doctoral fellow

MIPAR is pleased to welcome Dr. Brent Gibbons to its staff as a post-doctoral fellow. Brent received his B.A. and M.P.P. degrees from UMBC. He graduated from UMBC in 2013 with a Ph.D. in health policy. His primary areas of interest are mental health and disability policy, physical health, labor, and education policy. While in the Public Policy program, Brent obtained extensive research experience - as an intern with Macro International, a research assistant for Dr. David Salkever, and a researcher for the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His dissertation topic was "Effects of Employment on Mental Health for Those with Severe Mental Illness." As a post-doctoral fellow with MIPAR, Brent will assist senior faculty in developing proposals and conducting externally funded health policy research. His contact information is:; 410-455-8458.

April 25, 2013

Seth Messinger talks about physical rehabilitation after losing a limb

Listen to Dr. Seth Messinger on WTOP radio as he talks about his research on rehabilitation for people who have lost limbs, and the challenges faced by civilians trying to recover from the catastrophic injuries suffered in the Boston Marathon bombing. The segment ran at 3:20 pm.

February 20, 2013

Don Norris receives UAA recognition

MIPAR Director Donald F. Norris has been named an inaugural honoree of the new Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Service Honor Roll. This award recognizes the contributions of Dr. Norris to the association and the field of urban studies. The UAA credits honorees with contributing to the current breadth and richness of the discipline. Dr. Norris will be reorganized at an award luncheon for Honor Roll inductees on April 5 at the UAA conference in San Francisco.