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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 26, 2013

Stephen S. Johnston receives Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award

The UMBC Department of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award is Stephen S. Johnston, an outstanding Ph.D. student in health policy currently conducting research for his dissertation. Stephen will receive $1,500 to provide support for his scholarly advancement.

Stephen received his M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis from UMBC, where he was selected by the Economics Department as the Outstanding Graduating Student in 2007. His research interests include economics of health-related behaviors, pharmaco-economics, and mental health economics. Stephen is employed full time as a Senior Research Leader at Truven Health Analytics, assisting pharmaceutical clients with conducting retrospective observational research studies. He has co-authored a number of scholarly articles on pharmaco-economics, as well as other areas of health policy and economics.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Memorial Fund in her memory following her untimely death in 2012 in order to provide support for Ph.D. students committed to health policy research. Dr. Shinogle had a distinguished and productive career as a health policy analyst and health outcomes researcher. She received a Ph.D. in Public Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She had held positions as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of South Carolina, an economist with RTI International, and a NCHS/AcademyHealth Policy Fellow. At the time of her death, she was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

Donations to the Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund can be sent to UMBC, 8th Floor Administration, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 (make checks payable to the UMBC Foundation), or online at umbc.edu/giving.

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: g2@umbc.edu; 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.