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Perspectives Blog > Beyond the Classroom: Health Services in Schools and How They Pay for Them

May 29, 2019

Beyond the Classroom: Health Services in Schools and How they Pay for It. By Anna Gu, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassadorfilled with phlegm. I was managing not only my own cycle of sore throats and stomach bugs, but also those of the class – twenty-two small bodies with individual allergies, behavioral ticks, and swiss-cheese holes of attendance gaps.

Perspectives Blog > Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: Federal vs. State Solutions

May 22, 2019

Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: Federal vs. State Solutions. By Megan Kruse, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students projected to enter colleges and universities in Fall 2018 was 19.9 million.

Perspectives Blog > Towards a Better Metric of Work

May 17, 2019

Towards a Better Metric of Work. By Jack Collis, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorIn 2018, the United States’ unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent for the first time since the end of the dot-com bubble in early 2000.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Michele Rountree

March 27, 2019

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Michele Rountree. By Sarah Gonzalez Claytor, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorGrowing up in a military family, Dr. Rountree moved every three to five years throughout her childhood and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Arizona because she was interested in people.

Perspectives Blog > What I Learned by Helping People Sign-up at HealthCare.gov

Feb. 26, 2019

What I Learned by Helping People Sign-up at HealthCare.gov. By Annie Henson, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorFrom November 1st until mid-December, I can’t quite recall how many times I was greeted by this page as I sat in front of a computer in my little corner of a little cubicle at the Foundation Communities office. Sitting next to me as I clicked through this website was a rotating cast of the Austinites: a musician, a recent college graduate, a family of three.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Jennifer Holme

Feb. 22, 2019

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Jennifer Holme. By Melissa Bellin, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. Dr. Jennifer Holme has always been interested in issues of equality and inequality. This interest stems from her childhood, where she saw distinct differences between her school community and her neighborhood. Dr. Holme attended a school in an affluent area of San Diego, while her neighborhood was composed of mostly working-class residents. As a child, Dr.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Pat Wong

Feb. 14, 2019

 

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Pat Wong. By Guillermo Dominguez Garcia, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. The LBJ School of Public Affairs first-year master's student Guillermo Dominguez Garcia sat with Associate Professor of Public Affairs and CHASP Faculty Fellow to learn about his background in welfare and poverty and his advice for policy students.

Perspectives Blog > The Texas Maternal Mortality Crisis: Looking Towards Solutions​

Feb. 4, 2019

The Texas Maternal Mortality Crisis: Looking Towards Solutions​. By Sarah Gonzalez Claytor, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​Texas made big news in 2016 when the media reported that its maternal mortality rate had more than doubled between 2010 and 2012. In 2018, new research commissioned by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force found that the shocking increase was due in part to reporting errors on death certificates.

Perspectives Blog > Jails: Texas’ Largest Mental Health Institutions

Jan. 25, 2019

Jails: Texas’ Largest Mental Health Institutions. By Emma Nye, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​If you looked into Texas jails any day in 2015, you would find between 12,000 and 16,000 people with mental health disorders – between about 6.5% and 7.4% of the total Texas prison population. That may not sound like a lot, but it means that Texas jails have become the largest mental health institutions in the state.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Michele Deitch

Jan. 22, 2019

Michele Deitch holds a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience working on criminal justice and juvenile justice policy issues with state and local government officials corrections administrators, judges and advocates.

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