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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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  • Emma Odren
    Emma Odren
    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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  • Fratern Masika Tarimo
    Fratern Masika Tarimo
    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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  • Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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  • Benjamin Attia
    Benjamin Attia
    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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  • Wei-Ming Chen
    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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  • Michelle Kung
    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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Delaware INBRE Projects, 2020.  CCRS, as part of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Centralized Research Service Network is collaborating on three INBRE Core Access Award projects:

Analysis of Socioeconomic Disparities in the Impact of Point of Sale Tobacco Advertising

The goal of this research is to assess the impact of Point of Sale Tobacco (POST) advertising on health outcomes in the state of Delaware.  Medicaid encounter and claims data will be combined with previously developed methodology that uses artificial intelligence and large-scale street-level image data from Google StreetView to geolocate POST advertising. POST advertising will be spatially correlated with relative rates of tobacco-related health problems while controlling for external factors. 

Principal Investigator:  Gregory Dobler, PhD, Assistant Professor.  Co-Investigators:  Federica Bianco, PhD, Assistant Professor; Stephen Metraux, PhD, Associate Professor & CCCRS Director; Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

Association between High Risk Treatment Regimens and Hypoglycemia among Medicaid patients with Diabetes

The goals of this project are to generate data regarding the association between specific diabetes treatment regimens and the risk of hypoglycemia among patients with Medicaid and to examine whether neighborhood characteristics modify the effect of treatment regimens in this patient population. This data will inform management strategies of patients with social risk factors and diabetes with the goal of improving diabetes outcomes among low-income patients in Delaware.

Principal Investigator:  Jennifer N. Goldstein, MD, MSc, Program Director, Clinical Research Education, Christiana Care Health System.  Co-Investigators: Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist, Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

The Impact of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative on Healthcare Utilization in Delaware

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiated the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative to create positive environments to enhance breastfeeding attitudes and experiences for mothers and babies. Hospitals gain this designation by implementing the WHO Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. While breastfeeding has been shown to positively impact infant health outcomes and becoming Baby Friendly is economically cost neutral, little evidence has shown the effect of Baby Friendly practices on early infant health outcomes.  The goal of this research is to estimate healthcare utilization before and after the implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at hospitals in the state of Delaware.

Principal Investigator:  David Paul, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System.   Co-Investigators:  Cecelia Harrison, MPH, Research Associate, Christiana Care Health System; Mia Papas, PhD MPH, Corporate Director, Christiana Care Health System.  CCRS research team: Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

Delaware INBRE is supported by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences under grant number P20GM103446.

Evaluation of the Del-CAN Program, 2016 – 2021: Researchers in the University of Delaware ​Center for Community Research and Service, Center for Drug and Health Studies and Department of Sociology are partnering with researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park on a systematic, mixed-methods evaluation of the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now (DEL-CAN) intervention which aims to reduce unintended pregnancies, reduce Medicaid costs for unintended pregnancies, and support policy development that enables contraceptive access to all women who desire it. The evaluation is designed to understand the DEL-CAN Plan’s effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, and to derive lessons about mechanisms leading to initial and sustained impacts in Delaware, and to impacts that are generalizable to other states. A five-year evaluation period, 2016 to 2021, is planned and the use of Medicaid transactions data will play an important part in the project. 

A copy of Governor Markell's Op Ed is available here: What States Can Do on Birth Control - The New York Times.pdf

Please see a recent Udaily article​ about the project.​

CCRS DEL-CAN Research Team

Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director and Assistant Professor

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

Rebecca McColl, MPA, Policy Scientist

Theresa Vanderloo​, BA, Sponsored Programs Coordinator​

Hira Rashid, MA, Graduate Research Associate

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Delaware Homeless: INBRE grant (Award # P20GM103446) to support research into identifying Medicaid clients in Delaware who are homeless or experiencing housing instability, and to investigate the healthcare utilization of these vulnerable clients.  A collaboration with Dr. Navin Vij, Christiana Care Value Institute  and Dr. Elizabeth Brown,  Delaware Medicaid and Medical Assistance Division.  This exploratory study seeks to assess the utility of International Classification of Diseases codes that indicate homelessness and housing instability.  

CCRS Research team:

Stephen Metraux, PhD, Director

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

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Opioid Research:  CCRS is involved in two projects focused on measuring opioid metrics within Delaware.  The first project is a multi-state collaboration lead by AcademyHealth State University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) using a distributed research network (DRN) model.  In all participating states, the Medicaid Medical Director participates in the steering committee which defines appropriate metrics.

CCRS is also involved with providing opioid metrics to the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).

CCRS Research Team

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist

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