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Michele Deitch: COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities

March 29, 2021

There is a troubling lack of transparency about data regarding the spread, toll and management of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities, according to a new report from CHASP Faculty Fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs criminal justice expert Michele Deitch at The University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

Dr. Michele Rountree: Vision for Change

Feb. 5, 2021

Distinguished teacher Michele Rountree inspires social work students and students across campus to be curious and to use their voices for social change. Read more.

Dr. Cynthia Osborne named Vice President of APPAM's governing board

Feb. 1, 2021

CHASP Director Cynthia Osborne, the associate dean for academic strategies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, was elected vice president of the governing board for the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The governing board is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the association, which aims to improve public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

Dr. Michael Hole: New Impact Factory Initiative

Jan. 26, 2021

A new "engine" that aims to improve health and prosperity for 1 million vulnerable people in Texas and beyond by 2030 has been co-established in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Impact Factory, a first-of-its-kind, cross-sector collaboration, will foster civic innovation, entrepreneurship and service learning beyond the classroom.

New report from Michele Deitch on Crisis of COVID-19 in Texas Prisons and Jails

Nov. 9, 2020

Texas has had more COVID-19 infections and deaths among incarcerated people and staff than any other state in the country, according to a new report from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report, titled "COVID and Corrections: A Profile of COVID Deaths in Custody in Texas," indicates that at least 231 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails, including both incarcerated people and staff.

Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff Appointed Director of the Population Research Center at UT Austin

June 5, 2020

Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D., a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, has been appointed as the Director (September 2020) of the Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been an integral part of the PRC and has served as the Development Core Director and Postdoctoral Training Director.

Guidance for Sheriffs and Jail Officials in Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

March 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis grips the world, prison and jails face especially challenging conditions that could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Correctional facilities are ill-prepared to implement social distancing and other public health measures in such densely populated environments, and the virus can spread like wildfire in these settings.  Add to that the fact that so many people in prisons and jails have chronic health conditions, and the situation has the potential to be a death sentence for many people in custody. And public health experts warn that if outbreaks are not controlled in cus

CHASP Lunch Talk 2/12 with Dr. Cynthia Osborne: Program Evaluation 101

Feb. 3, 2020

Whether you are a policymaker or a program manager, you will need to determine if your program actually works as intended and why or why not. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, will discuss how to begin to answer the question of “Does it work?” including how to develop a strong logic model that guides the evaluation of programs. More.

Dr. Michael Hole Helps Bring Mobile Health Services to More Kids

Dec. 3, 2019

Dell Children's Express bus makes rounds in Central Texas. Dell Children’s is partnering with Texas Women Infants and Children to offer health care for WIC clients.

Dr. Todd Olmstead & new grant to research employment outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS

Nov. 6, 2019

CHASP Faculty Fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs Dr. Todd Olmstead joins as health economist on $3.3 million 5-year R01 grant funded by the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities on how to improve employment outcomes for unemployed persons living with #HIV/#AIDS. Learn more: https://lbj.utexas.edu/lbj-school-researcher-explores-employment-outcome... #LBJsocialpolicy

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