Please join us at UT Austin on March 5, 2018 for +Tech in K-12: A Symposium on Educational Technology Integration & Its Impacts
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What is StreetCred?
StreetCred is a national non-profit organization seeking to improve the health and future of children growing up in poverty by providing free tax preparation and financial literacy services in pediatric hospitals and clinics. StreetCred (mystreetcred.org) was co-founded in Boston by pediatrician and new University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and LBJ School of Public Affairs faculty, Michael Hole, MD, MBA. Dr. Hole is also a 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 for social entrepreneurship because of his innovative work through StreetCred.
As a pediatrician in Boston, Dr. Hole saw first-hand the impacts of poverty on child health and well-being, but he also saw the physical barriers families faced connecting to existing resources that would help them the most. He had a lightbulb moment – to maximize the time that his patients’ families were already spending in waiting rooms and during appointments. The result was StreetCred, with the goal of being a one-stop shop of anti-poverty tools.
Today, by the time parents leave the pediatrician’s office, with StreetCred’s help, they’ve filed taxes and refund money is on the way. StreetCred also now helps families apply for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Head Start, and FAFSA, and are planning to expand to help with setting up savings accounts and applying for housing subsidies, child support, and health insurance – all before exiting the building.
StreetCred is now in Austin??
Yes! Dr. Hole brought StreetCred to Austin and partnered with Foundation Communities and the People’s Community Clinic in northeast Austin. He is currently establishing the StreetCred program, as well as a new University of Texas-based social innovation initiative to address children’s health-related social needs in Austin and Central Texas. Read more (PDF).
How can I help?
StreetCred is seeking volunteers now for the 2018 tax season. No previous tax preparation is necessary! You can make a direct impact as a volunteer Tax Preparer or Translator (Spanish). With your help, families will be able to receive much needed tax refunds and credits by filing their tax returns on-site during their child’s appointment at the People’s Community Clinic. Volunteer Tax Preparers complete 8 hours of classroom training. Translators complete 2 hours of online training.
Tax Preparer: Work directly with families to file their taxes. You’ll ensure they get the right credits and deductions.
Translator: Serve as a translator for the many clients who speak only Spanish.
What is the time commitment?
The tax season is 4 months, mid-January to mid-April. StreetCred asks volunteers to sign-up for once weekly shifts (or twice every two weeks) for about 3 hours each time. Each volunteer will be trained before the mid-January start. Volunteer Tax Preparers complete 8 hours of classroom training. Client Liaisons and Translators complete 2 hours of online training.
Where would I volunteer?
StreetCred’s Austin pilot site is at the People’s Community Clinic in northeast Austin, located at 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752 (Google Map).
I want to help! How do I sign-up?
Online volunteer sign-up is completed through StreetCred’s local partner Foundation Communities:
- Go to: Community Tax Centers – Application Form (or http://bit.ly/streetcred_taxes)
- Register a username
- Fill out the 2-page application form. When you come to “Affiliation” on the second page, make sure to type “StreetCred” in the box next to the following prompt: “If you’re a member of another group, please name”. This will indicate that you will be volunteering at the StreetCred site at the People’s Community Clinic (vs. another Foundation Communities site).
2018 APPAM Policy Council Election
Top policy scholars and researchers from all over the world are part of the 2,500 membership of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs have been closely involved in the Association for many years as both elected officers on the Executive Committee and members of the governing board, the APPAM Policy Council.
The Policy Council is the leadership group responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the Association. CHASP Director and LBJ School Associate Professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, has been an APPAM member for over 15 years and is currently an elected member of the Policy Council. Dr. Osborne is honored to be nominated as part of the 2018 cohort to continue her role on the council.
Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, the home of social policy at the LBJ School and The University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, and family demography. She holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
All APPAM members in good standing are able to vote through information sent via direct email from December 11, 2017 to January 10, 2018.
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
- APPAM Policy Council election and how to vote
- Dr. Osborne’s Policy Council nominee profile
- Dr. Osborne and her work through her research group, the Child and Family Research Partnership
LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Colloquium
Dr. Todd Olmstead: An Analysis of Austin’s Community Health Paramedic Navigation Program
Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 12:15-1:30 pm
The LBJ School of Public Affairs – Sid Richardson Hall 3.122
(Bring your own lunch)
CHASP Faculty Fellow and policy professor Dr. Todd Olmstead will talk about Austin’s Community Health Paramedic Navigation Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Colloqium on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:15pm.
The Community Health Paramedic (CHP) Navigation Program is operated by Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services to provide patient navigation services to low-income Travis County residents with multiple chronic conditions and frequent recent ED utilization. This study uses a classic two-group pre-post research design to estimate the impact of the CHP Navigation Program on ED utilization. No fancy models (econometric or otherwise) will be presented. Instead, study conclusions will be supported by a series of charts and long division. The presentation will conclude with a rundown of the trials and tribulations encountered while conducting the analysis.
Dr. Olmstead is an associate professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he was an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, where he was the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Award. Olmstead is the health economist on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health in the area of behavioral health. Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of (a) integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units, (b) providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems, and (c) providing early childhood obesity prevention programs to children attending Head Start centers. Other projects include estimating the impact of community health paramedic programs on the use of health care services. In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety and administrative rulemaking.
Dr. Olmstead received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, M.S. in Operations Research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.
All are welcome. The LBJ School of Public Affairs is located at 2315 Red River Street, Austin 78712.
Women are at the highest risk of developing a substance use disorder during their reproductive years (18-44), yet 85% of those who need care for substance misuse neither receive it or feel like they even need it. Reducing substance misuse for this group is especially critical as these women may be either pregnant or contemplating pregnancy.
The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to reduce substance misuse and is an especially important technique for reaching the non-treatment seeking majority. While SBIRT is known to reduce substance misuse, little research exists on its application for women in reproductive health settings.
Dr. Todd Olmstead, CHASP Faculty Fellow and health scholar at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and his colleagues studied the use of SBIRT with women being treated at two academic hospital-based reproductive healthcare clinics over a period of almost three and a half years. The women were first screened for cigarette smoking, or misuse of alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescription medication, and then randomly allocated to SBIRT delivered electronically (e-SBIRT) or by clinician (SBIRT) or to enhanced usual care.
Their findings were published in the new paper, A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Electronic- and Clinician-delivered Brief Intervention for Women, in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. See below for full abstract.
Dr. Olmstead is an associate professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, M.S. in Operations Research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.
A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Electronic- and Clinician-delivered Brief Intervention for Women
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (December 2017)
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment may reduce substance misuse but has received minimal study among women treated in reproductive health settings.
To determine whether Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment delivered either electronically or by clinician is more effective than enhanced usual care in decreasing days of primary substance use.
Women from two reproductive centers who smoked cigarettes or misused alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescription medication were randomly allocated to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment delivered electronically or by clinician or to enhanced usual care. Assessments were completed at baseline, and 1-, 3- and 6- months post-baseline. Co-primary outcomes were days/month of primary substance use and post-intervention treatment utilization. A sample size of 660 women was planned; randomization was stratified by primary substance use and pregnancy status. Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment groups were compared to enhanced usual care using generalized estimating equations and effect sizes were calculated using Cohen’s d.
Between September 2011 and January 2015 women randomized included: 143 (16.8% pregnant) in electronic-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, 145 (18.6% pregnant) in clinician-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, and 151 (19.2% pregnant) in enhanced usual care; retention was >84%. Based upon the generalized estimating equations model, predicted mean days per month of use at baseline for primary substance were 23.9 (95% CI=22.4-25.5) for electronic-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, 22.8 (95% CI=21.4-24.3) for clinician-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment and 23.5 (95% CI=22.2, 24.9) for enhanced usual care, which respectively declined to 20.5 (95% CI=19.0-22.2), 19.8 (95% CI=18.5-21.3) , and 21.9 (95% CI=20.7-23.1) at one month, 16.9 (95% CI=15.0-19.0), 16.6 (95% CI=14.8-18.6), and 19.5 (95% CI=18.1-21.1) at three months, and 16.3 (95% CI=14.3-18.7), 16.3 (95% CI=14.4-18.5) , and 17.9 (95% CI=16.1-19.9) at six months. Estimated declines were greater in electronic-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment [β (SE) =-0.090(0.034), p=0.008; Cohen’s d =0.19 at one month, 0.30 at three months, and 0.17 at six months] and clinician-delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment [β (SE) = -0.078(0.037), p=0.038; Cohen’s d=0.17 at one month, 0.22 at three months, and 0.06 at six months] compared to enhanced usual care. Treatment utilization did not differ between groups.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment significantly decreased days of primary substance use among women in reproductive healthcare centers; neither resulted in more treatment utilization than enhanced usual care.
Martino S, Ondersma SJ, Forray A, Olmstead TA, Gilstad-Hayden K, Howell HB, Kershaw T, Yonkers KA, A Randomized Controlled Trial of Screening and Brief Interventions for
Substance Misuse in Reproductive Health, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2018), doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2017.12.005.
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)’s Fall Conference is the leading policy research conference in the country and draws top scholars from multiple disciplines. Academics and researchers present their latest work contributing to the ever important knowledge base of evidence to inform data driven policy decisions. Graduate students, the next generation of policy leaders and scholars, also have the opportunity to network with their mentors and peers. (See which #LBJsocialpolicy students are attending #2017APPAM.)
The faculty fellows of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs are long-time presenters as well as leaders in the Association. CHASP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne currently serves on the APPAM Policy Council, the association’s leadership team; CHASP Faculty Fellow and former CHASP Director Dr. Carolyn Heinrich is current APPAM President; and Angela Evans, who was a CHASP Faculty Fellow prior to being appointed Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a past APPAM President.
This year’s fall conference is in Chicago and the theme is “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions.” CHASP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne and Faculty Fellow Dr. Paul von Hippel are presenting:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM – Water Tower (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Paul von Hippel – Presenting Panel Paper: The Effects of Increasing School Choice and Family Resources on Achievement and Segregation: Chile from 2002 to 2013
Advocates for school choice argue that competition among schools can increase student achievement. Skeptics worry that some forms of school choice may increase segregation, and argue that children’s achievement is primarily shaped by family resources such as parental education and income. We estimate the effects of expanding school choice in Chile, where between 2002 and 2013 the share of students attending private voucher schools grew from 38 percent to 55 percent, while median family income doubled, income inequality declined, and the percentage of mothers with a high school degree increased by 20 percentage points. Using a panel regression with municipality fixed effects, we find that growth of the private voucher sector did not increase test scores or grades but did increase attendance rates. Increases in parental income and education raised grades and test scores but did not improve attendance. Segregation increased with growth of the voucher sector and with growth in family incomes, but did not decline with reductions in income inequality. (Click for paper at SSRN.)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM – Stetson BC (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Cynthia Osborne – Discussant Panel: Noncustodial Father Involvement and Child Wellbeing: Implications for Social Policy (Family and Child Policy)
- Do Noncustodial Parents Have More Contact and Better Relationships with Their Most Recent Noncustodial Child? (Lawrence Berger, Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer and Angela Guarin Aristizabal, University of Wisconsin – Madison)
- Nonresident Father Involvement and Their Children’s Food Insecurity over the Life Course (Laura Cuesta and Sarah Gold, Rutgers University)
- The Role of Fathers in Reducing Income-Based Inequalities in Children’s Behavioral Outcomes (Lenna Nepomnyaschy (1), Daniel Miller (2), Maureen Waller (3) and Sarah Gold (1); (1) Rutgers University, (2) Boston University, (3) Cornell University)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM – Stetson BC (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Cynthia Osborne – Presenting Panel Paper: Fathers’ Perspectives on Fatherhood Programs
The increase in father involvement over the past several decades has been accompanied by a growing interest among researchers in studying the role that fathers play in the lives of their children. Findings from these studies overwhelmingly show that children with involved fathers fare better across a wide range of domains compared to children without an active father. Policy makers have taken notice, and increasingly, programs are available for fathers that teach parenting and co-parenting skills, help fathers gain self-sufficiency, and aim to reconnect fathers with their families. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, developed the Fatherhood EFFECT program (EFFECT) to support fathers, strengthen families, and increase father involvement through evidence-based fatherhood programs across the state. EFFECT aims to improve children’s wellbeing by helping fathers become more involved, responsible, and committed to their children through parent education skills, guidance, and support systems. Additionally, EFFECT aims to increase protective factors—family functioning and resilience, social support, knowledge of parenting and child development, co-parenting, concrete support, and nurturing and attachment— to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and promote positive family wellbeing. Using a mixed-methods approach that relies on administrative and survey data collected from more than 1000 fathers participating in four program sites across the state, as well as interviews and focus groups with program administrators, father educators, and fathers, we conducted an outcomes and implementation evaluation of the program. This paper shares findings related to three key questions: What motivates fathers to participate in the program, why do fathers continue to attend the program, and what changes in knowledge, skills, and behavior are associated with program participation. (More about the Dr. Osborne’s fatherhood work: Child and Family Research Partnership.)
Michael Hole, MD, MBA recently joined The University of Texas at Austin (UT) as a joint faculty member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical School. Dr. Hole is a pediatrician and social entrepreneur developing products, services, and policies to reduce US child poverty. Prior to coming to UT, he was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and practiced at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Boston Medical Center, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hole earned his MD and MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in public management, community health, and social innovation.
We welcome him as a new faculty at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a fellow at the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP).
Please join us: Dr. Hole will be speaking about his work at the CHASP Faculty Lunch Talk on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (SRH 3.124).
Congratulations to our new CHASP Ambassadors representing the Center of Health and Social Policy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference on November 2-4, 2017! Each year the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) hosts a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and this year’s theme is “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions”.
About our CHASP Ambassadors attending 2017 APPAM:
Elisabeth Altazan – Elisabeth is a first-year dual degree student in the MPAff program at the LBJ School and the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture and she also interns with the Austin Transportation Department. Elisabeth recently managed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Healthy Communities initiative for the Louisiana State University AgCenter and was an investment manager for the Capital Area United Way. Through her professional experience, Elisabeth saw the direct impact from data analysis and program evaluation to community intervention and change and this prompted her graduate studies. After leaving LBJ, Elisabeth plans to continue to work for a city government in advancing equitable community development. She is primarily interested in urban issues such as affordable housing, neighborhood development, food access, mobility, and poverty alleviation. Follow Elisabeth on Twitter.
Erika Parks – Erika is a second-year MPAff student in the LBJ School and works as a graduate research assistant for the Child and Family Research Partnership, the LBJ School’s largest research center. Before graduate school, Erika worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center and saw firsthand the dearth of data that many government organizations faced. She came to graduate school to learn more about how to improve this deficit, as well as to explore different ways to pursue her passion: improving the ways families interact with the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Erika has explored legislative policymaking and consulting, but her first and true love is research. Erika is particularly excited about the theme of APPAM this year, “Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions”, as evidence-based and data-informed social policymaking is one of her passions. After graduation, Erika plans to apply her research and analytic skills in state or local government or at a nonprofit. Follow Erika on Twitter.
Luisa Alejandra Tello – Luisa is a second-year Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) student from Colombia and currently serves as president of the Social Policy Network for Students and Alumni (SPN). Growing up in a developing country shaped Luisa’s interest in social policy, specifically poverty alleviation. During her undergraduate economics program in Colombia, Luisa worked with forcibly displaced communities that arrived in Bogota trying to escape from violence in the rural areas. Prior to attending the LBJ School, Luisa worked with a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program working to provide access to higher education to Colombian youth, and she also interned for the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Luisa is currently working with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the United Nations (UN) on a brief that will assess the readiness in terms of monitoring and evaluation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. She hopes to work for an international development organization, like the World Bank or the UN, after graduation. Follow Luisa on Twitter.
The Center for Health and Social Policy supports students of the LBJ School of Public Affairs who are interested in social policy issues through the CHASP Ambassador Program by providing sponsorships and access to relevant events, conferences, and opportunities.
Food aid and international food assistance from the United States is crucial to addressing the humanitarian crises gripping the globe today. The country’s role offers a highly visible symbol of Americans’ commitment to feed the world’s hungry.
The Farm Bill shapes the design of the nation’s food aid program and, therefore, directly impacts the lives of millions of people around the world. The upcoming 2018 Farm Bill offers Congress an opportunity to advance program efficiency and global impact, informed by a growing body of research.
CHASP faculty fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs assistant professor Dr. Erin Lentz collaborated with colleagues at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on a new policy report, International Food Aid and Food Assistance Programs and the Next Farm Bill. The authors find that ending cargo preference restrictions and domestic procurement restrictions can help generate more funds for U.S. food aid programs, saving lives, without increasing taxpayer costs.
Key points from the report, from AEI:
- The United States is, by far, the world’s largest food aid donor. In recent years, it has contributed more than 40 percent of the global food aid that helps feed the hungry.
- The cargo preference policy reduces the effectiveness of US international food aid policy. If the cargo preference requirement were eliminated and contracts for shipping were awarded on a competitive basis, US food aid programs could feed an additional 1.8 million hungry people.
- Alternative ways of providing food assistance—local and regional procurement and cash and vouchers—could significantly reduce costs and increase the speed of food assistance delivery.
The full report can be found at www.aei.org/publication/international-food-aid-and-food-assistance-programs-and-the-next-farm-bill.
Dr. Erin Lentz has worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs. She is currently pursuing three research agendas. She studies U.S. and international food aid and food assistance policies. With her collaborators, she is developing the Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index. Also, she researches innovative measures to combat food insecurity in southern Africa. Dr. Lentz received a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.S. in applied economics and management from Cornell University. Lentz is also a member of the City of Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board.
- Op-ed in The U.S. News and World Report: How to Feed More People Worldwide
- World Development Journal: The Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness of the Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid
- 10/19/17 Co-author’s (Christopher B. Barrett) testified to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Modernizing the Food for Peace Program + Video