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During October and November 2015, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) presented six awards to honor organizations and individuals who took leadership roles in rural health causes. The awards were presented in venues throughout the commonwealth by Lisa Davis, director of PORH and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State.

Jennifer Scanlon has been named the new co-curricular program manager for the online Master of Health Administration program, a collaboration between Penn State World Campus and the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration. The co-curricular program manager of the online MHA program manages its day-to-day operations.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

Steven Wagman, a 1982 Penn State graduate with a degree in health planning and administration, now known as the health policy and administration program (HPA), fully subscribes to the philosophy of “paying it forward.”

Penn State will offer a new joint degree program that will offer students the opportunity to pursue degrees in law and health administration, preparing them for compliance, legal, policy and regulatory careers in the health care field.

Diane Brannon, professor of health policy and administration (HPA) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) retired July 1 after 31 years at Penn State.

Pamela Farley Short, professor of health policy and administration (HPA) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) has retired after more than 18 years at Penn State. She now joins the HPA faculty as a professor emeritus of health policy and administration.

Sharon Qi, daughter of Shan Dong and Jining Qi of Wallingford, Pa., has been named the Penn State College of Health and Human Development's student marshal for the August 2015 commencement ceremony, where she will receive a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration.

It does not get much more chaotic than Luke Pile’s wife going into labor with twins on the same day he earned a promotion at work. That is until you throw in his studies for a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree at Penn State. When Pile, a licensed nursing home administrator, applied to the online MHA program through Penn State’s World Campus and the Department of Health Policy and Administration, he and Penn State alum Kimberly Pile were still newlyweds. Together they agreed Pile earning a master’s degree would be fruitful and therefore worth the commitment.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has selected RAND Corp. and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research at Penn State to participate in a $52 million study to investigate how high-performing health care systems promote the use of new evidence in clinical practice.

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