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Williams Elected Chair of American Public Health Association

HP&M faculty member Dr. Jessica Williams was elected chair of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) effective November 2018. As chair, Dr. Williams will seek connections between medical care and public health.  December 2018

2017 KU Cancer Center Research Symposium Award Winners

HP&M faculty and students participated in the 2017 KUCC Research Symposium and Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Conference and came away with some impressive awards.

The HP&M award winners in the various categories were as follows:

Pilot Project Award Winner - $35,000 award
Joanna Brooks, ACS-IRG winner - "Palliative Care in Oncology: Patient Utilization and Awareness"

Student Poster Competition Award Winner:
1st place - Ariel Shifter - "Learn-Inform-Recruit: Increasing the offer of urological cancer trials in community practice" - $1,000 travel award

Junior Faculty/ Clinical Poster Competition Award Winner:
TIE - 3rd place - Shellie Ellis - "When an Intervention is Not Designed for Dissemination: Developing a Strategy to Improve System-Innovation Fit" - $300 travel award

The LEARN INFORM RECRUIT team was awarded an additional $83,000 to pilot test materials they developed to support the offer of clinical trials in community urology practices.


S. Ellis, PI, C. Mackay, Co-I, A. Shifter, project manager, and colleagues from School of Journalism and Mass Communications

 December 2017



Doctoral Student Receives 2017 Summer Fellowship

PhD Student Gayle Brekke received a 2017 summer research fellowship at the Mises Institute at Auburn University. June 2017

Faculty Member Elected Chair of American Public Health Association

HP&M faculty member Dr. Jessica Williams was elected as the new Chair-elect of the Medical Care Section of the American Health Association at their annual meeting. November 2016

PhD Program Receives First Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship

New PhD student Dorothy Hughes was selected as one of the recipients of the University of Kansas Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship. Health Policy and Management is one of only two departments at the Medical Center campus to be awarded this prestigious fellowship. The fellowships were first announced in 2013 as a tool to help KU

HP&M Welcomes New Faculty

The Department welcomes new Assistant Professors Dr. Joanna Brooks and Dr. Jessica Williams. Dr. Brooks earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and most recently was a was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. Dr. Williams was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University and received her PhD in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in Health Economics from UCLA.

University of Kansas Physicians, INC. Chief Executive Officer, Jim Albertson III, has joined the Department as an instructor in the MHSA Program. Mr. Albertson will be teaching two of the MHSA finance courses. He has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare field as CPA, hospital CFO, healthcare attorney, medical business consultant and financial dean of a school of medicine.

Research Assistant Professor Christina Pacheco from the Department of Family Medicine has joined HP&M to teach the MHSA Health Policy course. Ms. Pacheco has more than seven years of experience in policy and law and nearly five years of research experience in tobacco cessation and control, environmental health, health disparities, and community based participatory research. August 2015

Doctoral Program Graduates Two New Phds

Doctoral students Melissa Jaffee and Norbert Belz earned their PhD in Health Policy and Management this August. They are the 2nd and 3rd graduates of the program.

Students Pereira and Popoola Present Posters at Academy Health

Doctoral students Phil Pereira and Taiye Popoolo made poster presentations at the June 26-28 Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health. Joining them at the conference were HP&M faculty members Mary Zimmerman and Tami Gurley-Calvez. Pereira's poster was entitled "Factors Leading to Cost Related Medication Nonadherence Among Older Americans and Its Effect on Hospitalizations and Long Term Health: A Longitudinal Examination." Popoola presented "Access to Extended Office Hours and Emergency Room Utilization."  June 2015

Doctoral Student to Present at National Cancer Meeting

HP&M PhD student Chris Mackay and her co-authors' abstract, "Cancer Center and Community Research Program Experience with Insurance Denials for Clinical Trial Participation after ACA Mandate" was selected as one of the top three abstracts to be presented at the seventh annual Cancer Research Institute meeting in Chicago this July.  Her co-authors are Kaitlyn Antonelli and Suanna Bruinooge from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as Dr. Shellie Ellis, HP&M faculty member. Chris will make a presentation and prepare a poster for the event. Chris is the Phase I Project Director in Clinical Trials Shared Resource department at the KU Cancer Center, and is starting her 3rd year in the PhD program in Health Policy and Management.  June 2015

Faculty Research Featured in Healthy Living Magazine

HP&M Faculty member Dr. Shellie Ellis's research on factors associated with overuse of hormone therapy as treatment for low-risk prostate cancer was published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseasesand  featured in Healthy Living Magazine In follow-up to this work, Ellis has received two grants--a Frontiers pilot grant and an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant--to fund Eliciting Urologist Decision Making: Recruitment and Data Collection Feasibility. These pilot projects will demonstrate the feasibility of recruiting practicing urologists to participate in a study collecting sensitive information about potential non-clinical influences on medical treatment decisions and lead to a national survey of urologists to better understand how urologists make prostate cancer treatment decisions. June 2015

PhD Student Pothapragada Recognized by Profession

Tiffany Pothapragada, clinical assistant professor in clinical laboratory sciences and HP&M doctoral student, was named one of the American Society for Clinical Pathology's 40 under 40.

Faculty Member attends KU-University of Costa Rica (UCR) Collaborative Faculty Seminar

Dr. Jarron Saint Onge participated in the KU-University of Costa Rica (UCR) Collaborative Faculty Seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica, sponsored by KU International Programs. KU and UCR share a long history of collaborative research, cultural, and academic exchange. He spent a week in May meeting with multiple research groups. Along with a small group of KU researchers, Saint Onge discussed and planned collaborative projects and identified future areas for potential collaboration, student exchange and intersecting research interests. Specifically, he spent time meeting with groups of public health and population scientists discussing research in key areas

HP&M Faculty in Cuba People-to-People Exchange

HP&M faculty members Drs. Ellen Averett and Mary Zimmerman recently returned from Cuba, where they participated in a People to People Exchange for state affiliate leaders of the American Public Health Association, to examine Cuba's public health and health care systems.  Joining them was Shirley Orr, President of SOCO Consulting and HP&M PhD student. They will present their findings at the fall 2015 Kansas Public Health Association meeting.  See more here. April 2014

Grant to Study Pregnancy and Disabilities

Dr. Tracey LaPierre received a GRF Grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU-Lawrence to complete a pilot study on pregnancy in women with disabilities.  HP&M faculty members Dr. Jean Hall and Dr. Mary Zimmerman are also collaborators on the grant. March 2015

HP&M Faculty Receive Awards

Congratulations to Jean Hall, Glen Cox, and Ellen Averett! Dr. Jean Hall was awarded the Steven F. Warren Research Achievement Award this fall. The award is given annually to a full-time academic staff researcher working in a department or research center on KU's Lawrence campus. In addition to being a Research Professor in HP&M, Dr. Hall is Director of KU's Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies. In October HP&M faculty member Dr. Glen Cox received the KU School of Medicine's Distinguished Medical Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Cox, who earned his MHSA in 2005, stepped down as HP&M Chair in August of 2014. He still serves as an HP&M faculty member, as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, and as Director of the Institute for Community and Public Health at KUMC. Dr. Ellen Averett was awarded the President's Award at the 2014 Kansas Public Health Association Conference in recognition of her efforts during the restructuring of the association. Dr. Averett earned her MHSA in 2000 and was President of the Association from 2013-2014. She now serves as Program Director of the MHSA program. December 2014

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