Past News in Health Policy and Adminisration (HPA)

2008

Rural health-care professionals sharpen their skills
Twenty-four percent of Pennsylvania's 12.3 million residents live in small, rural towns. These residents rely on their community hospitals for emergency medical care. "The hospital is the anchor of health care in any rural community," said Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. "Keeping these hospitals viable is absolutely essential." A new academy is helping to improve the supervisory and management skills of more than 100 participants from rural hospitals, emergency medical services units and health-care providers.

Professionals visit HPA classrooms
Nearly twenty Health Policy and Administration alumni and local health care professionals visited Penn State October 9th and 10th to provide students with advice and insight regarding their chosen career paths.

Speaker to address Medicare issues at colloquium
Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration and the Center for Healthcare and Policy Research is sponsoring a health services research colloquium titled “Medicare Advantage: Current Status and Critical Issues,” featuring speaker Marsha Gold, Sc.D.

Webinar focuses on older workers
Dr. Diane Spokus, instructor of health policy and administration and co-author of AMACOM's recently released book Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training and Recruiting Older Employees, will be co-presenting some of the authors' ideas and findings on Wednesday, October 29th, in an online Webinar sponsored by NCOA.

Older workforce requires variety of recruitment strategies
Dr. Diane Spokus, instructor of health policy and administration and co-author of AMACOM's recently released book Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training and Recruiting Older Employees, will be co-presenting some of the authors' ideas and findings on Wednesday, October 29th, in an online Webinar sponsored by NCOA.

Short, Moran continue studying cancer's effects on employment
The American Cancer Society has awarded a research scholar grant to Penn State and principal investigator Dr. Pamela Farley Short, professor of health policy and administration, to continue studying the long-term effects of cancer on employment. 

Professor writes book on older employee retention
Diane Spokus, assistant professor of nursing co-wrotethe book “Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Employees,” which focuses on the retention of older employees.

Researcher Receives $4 Million from RWJ Foundation to Study Health Quality Reform Project
Dr. Dennis Scanlon has been awarded a three-year, $4 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to expand an evaluation of a RWJF national initiative, "Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)."

Local Health Care Markets Affect National Patient Safety Project
A national patient safety initiative involving major corporate employers and employer health care coalitions may set common goals, but success relies greatly on regional health care players and local market factors for actual implementation, says a recent study.

Efficacy of telemedicine remain unclear
Assistant Professor Jami DelliFraine and Associate Professor Kathryn Dansky, recently presented a comprehensive analysis of telemedicine clinical studies at the British Royal Society of Medicine Telehealth and E-Health meeting in London and say that telemedicine does work.

Treatment Foster Families Lack Proper Training, Study Shows
Examining the practices of foster parents who typically care for mentally and behaviorally challenged children is the focus of a current study by Dr. Elizabeth Farmer, associate professor of health policy and administration.

An Open Letter From Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Director
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Member, shares a letter with Penn State colleagues.

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