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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 Anthony Johnson
    Eric Anthony 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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Health Equity Guide, 2019

Health Equity Guide

​A collborative research team from the University's Partnership for Healthy Communities, the Center for Community Research and Service and the Delaware Division of Public Health updated the Health Equity Guide first published in 2015.  The research team focused on structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities.

Research team:

Erin Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of the Biden School Center for Community Research & Service and Associate Director of the Partnership for Healthy Communities

Kalyn McDonough, MSW, Graduate Research Assistant for the Partnership for Healthy Communities and a Biden School doctoral candidate

Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Associate Deputy of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

State-Led Evaluation of the Delaware State Innovation Model (SIM), 2016-2018



Delaware's State Innovation Model (SIM) Plan was part of a multi-year process involving multiple stakeholders—consumers, health care providers, payers, community organizations and others—aimed at transforming the state's health system in ways that improve quality and lower health care costs. DE SIM is funded in part from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) State Innovation Models initiative established through the Affordable Care Act​. The initiative is managed by the Delaware Health Care Commission​ and supported by the Delaware Center for Health Innovation​.

Researchers in CCRS partnered with researchers at Concept Systems, Inc.​ on a mixed methods system evaluation of DE SIM.  The evaluation is designed to be participant-oriented and utilization-focused. We are engaging stakeholders in a continuous improvement approach to examining the processes and outcomes of the DE SIM initiative.

DE SIM Evaluation Team (CCRS)

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

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

Hira Rashid, MA, Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

DE SIM Evaluation Team (Concept Systems, Inc.)

Scott Rosas, PhD, Senior Consultant

Jessica Gosa, MSW, LMSW, Client Services Consultant

Justin Kessler, MA, Client Services Consultant

Hepatitis C Epidemiological Profile, 2017

HCV Virus

Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), CCRS coordinated the development of an Epidemiologic Profile on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) to support DPH’s efforts to understand the extent of HCV in the state of Delaware.  CCRS worked with DPH to identify and access different data sets that were used to develop the profile.  

CCRS Research Team

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

Janice Barlow, MA, Policy Scientist and Kids Count Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

Erin Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Policy Scientist

Max Holdsworth, MS, Graduate Research Assistant

Shelby Moser, MA, Graduate Research Assistant

For more information on HCV in Delaware:

Hepatitis C Epidemoiological Profile, December, 2017

Delaware Division of Public Health Adult Viral Hepatitis Program

Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Collaborative, 2016

Health in All Policies (HiAP)​ is a cross-sector approach to decision-making that addresses the complex factors that influence health and equity at the state and community level. It requires engaging and collaborating with non-traditional partners in sectors that may not view themselves as having and interest in or influence on health, or do not see themselves as having a role in health promotion. The purpose of this project was to research promising practices, as well as collect baseline data across sectors, in order to develop recommendations for building a statewide HiAP Collaborat​ive in Delaware. The project supports the Delaware Division of Public Health's efforts to implement its health equity strategy with other state agencies and community partners.

For more information about this project, please contact Erin Knight, PhD, MPH. ​

Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners, 2015

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​​R​eproduced courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build 

a Healthier America​ 

Health equity—the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people—is a fundamental (though sometimes overlooked) goal of public health. A right to the attainment of optimal health was articulated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization in 1948 and continues to be central to a human rights-based approach to health.

The Health Equity Guide was originally created with the intent to support the Delaware Division of Public Health in the implementation of its health equity strategy. In this way, it is intended as a practical resource for professionals. At the same time, we saw the need for a more politically-aware approach to evidence based practice in public health, and this guide is an attempt to drive public dialogue in the right direction. It provides tools for health equity advocates at different levels of influence to shape healthy public policies and practices

Project team:

Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, CCRS

Gabrielle Ransford, Public Health Associate, Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health

Paige Gugerty, Undergraduate Public Policy Fellow, CCRS

Erin Dugan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, CCRS

Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Director of Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health

To view or download the complete guide, visit our Recent Publications​ page. For an interactive version of the guide, or to download individual sections, visit Delaware Health Equity Guide​. ​

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