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Analysis of the Impact of Introducing Video Lottery Terminals in Maryland

MIPAR has completed an analysis of the impact of introducing video lottery terminals (VLTs, also referred to as slot machines) in Maryland. The report found that uncertainty exists about how much revenue the introduction of 15,000 VLTs in Maryland will actually generate for the state.

New report on Maryland's Medical Child Care Centers

Maryland has two centers that provide child care to children with serious medical conditions. MIPAR conducted a cost-benefit analysis for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to assess whether the benefits that result from these centers are larger than the costs.

MIPAR and Hilltop receive Department of Education grant

MIPAR and The Hilltop Institute have been awarded a three-year, $590,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The study will examine health care disparities in access and utilization among individuals with disabilities. Nancy Miller (Public Policy) is the principal investigator and project leader. Annette Snyder (Hilltop) and Adele Kirk (Public Policy) are co-investigators.

Understanding Maryland gamblers

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released Gambling Prevalence in Maryland: A Baseline Analysis, prepared by a team from MIPAR. The team was led by Dr. Judith Shinogle, along with Dr. Donald F. Norris (Public Policy) and Dr. DoHwan Park (Mathematics and Statistics).

The survey of gambling habits and pathological gambling behaviors found that although gambling is largely a positive activity for Marylanders, 3.4% of Maryland adults experience problem or pathological gambling. The baseline study, mandated by a 2007 law that authorized video lottery terminals, provides a snapshot of the State’s gambling behaviors prior to the implementation of slot machine gambling.

In “Who Pays for the Maryland Lottery? Evidence From Point of Sale Data” Dr. Robert Carpenter (Economics), Dr. Donald F. Norris (Public Policy) and Ph.D student Evan Perlman used innovative GIS mapping of lottery terminal and census track data to explore the relationship between race, income, and lottery sales. Their findings show “the voluntary tax collected by the Maryland lottery comes disproportionately from census tracts populated by African Americans and low-income residents,” specifically those “with less than a high-school education, and people age 65 and older.” The article appears in The Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, Vol. 4, No. 1 (31-52).

Research project focuses on injured veterans

A new research project funded by the Department of Defense, "Developing a Meaningful Life: Social Reintegration of Service Members and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury," will focus on psycho-social issues associated with recovery from spinal cord injury. Investigators will survey military service members and veterans who survive battlefield trauma with spinal cord injuries in order to determine how they make the transition back to social participation with their families and communities. Dr. Seth Messinger (Sociology) is the principal investigator. This project is being conducted in partnership with Wayne State University.

Grant will evaluate innovative Maryland program to help mentally ill find work

MIPAR has received a three year, $1 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate Maryland's innovative program to help people with severe mental illness find meaningful work. The Maryland Mental Health Administration (MHA) started a program in 2002 to increase the accessibility and availability of evidence-based individual placement and support for supported employment services (EBP IPS-SE) for people with severe mental illness. EBP IPS-SE programs emphasize competitive employment, client choice, on the job training and continuous support. IPS-SE programs also include employer incentives to participate. This project will study the experience of Maryland's public health system in facilitating the diffusion of IPS-SE services in the state. David Salkever (Public Policy) is the co-investigator. Researchers from UMBC's Hilltop Institute will also participate in the project along with researchers from University of Maryland, Baltimore.

UMBC mourns the loss of Dr. Judith Shinogle

It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Judith "Judy" Shinogle was killed in an automobile accident on May 20, 2012. She was a Senior Research Scientist at the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy. Her death is a great loss to UMBC and the wider community. The UMBC community held a memorial service for Judy on June 26. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Memorial donations may be sent to Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fund (make checks payable to the UMBC Foundation), UMBC, 8th Floor Administration, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, or AKC Canine Health Foundation, P.O. Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27617 ( Read more

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.

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.

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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