News Category: chasp ambassadors


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.

Meet our Spring 2019 CHASP Ambassadors

Feb. 1, 2019

The Center for Health and Social Policy supports the professional development of LBJ School of Public Affairs students interested in social policy issues through the CHASP Ambassador Program. CHASP Ambassadors receive financial support to attend social policy relevant events and conferences, networking opportunities, and professional skills development including contributions to CHASP's Perspectives blog during their time as Ambassadors.

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.

Perspectives Blog > Affirmative Action by a Different Name: How Sports Helped Me Get into Harvard

Dec. 19, 2018

Affirmative Action by a Different Name: How Sports Helped Me Get into Harvard. By Melissa Bellin, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​Most students apply to Harvard. As an athlete, Harvard applied to me. When I was 17, I received a hand-written letter from the Harvard hurdles coach. He had followed my high school track career, and he asked me to consider applying in the fall. I remember staring at the letter, dumbfounded.

Perspectives Blog > Issue to Watch at the Upcoming Texas Legislative Session: Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners

Dec. 12, 2018

Issue to Watch at the Upcoming Texas Legislative Session: Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners​. By Maranda Kahl, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorTexans across the state lack adequate access to primary care services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designates 185 out of the 254 counties in Texas as “medically underserved.” As a whole, the state ranks 47th in the nation in practicing primary care physicians (PCPs) per capita.

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Debra Umberson

Nov. 16, 2018

A Conversation with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Debra Umberson. By Amelia Hetherington, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorDr. Debra Umberson is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the Population Research Center (PRC) at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for The Center for Health and Social Policy.

Perspectives Blog > Finding Inspiration in Today's Political Climate

Nov. 2, 2018

Finding Inspiration In Today's Political Climate. By Annie Henson, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorDawning my lanyard and comfy walking shoes, I took to the streets of downtown Austin in September for the eighth annual 2018 Texas Tribune Festival, also known to fans as TribFest.

Meet our Fall 2018 CHASP Ambassadors

Sept. 26, 2018

The Center for Health and Social Policy supports the professional development of LBJ School of Public Affairs students interested in social policy issues through the CHASP Ambassador Program. CHASP Ambassadors receive financial support to attend social policy relevant events and conferences, networking opportunities, and professional skills development including contributions to CHASP's Perspectives blog during their time as Ambassadors.

CHASP Ambassadors at SXSWEdu 2018

March 9, 2018

Meet our CHASP Ambassadors who represented the Center of Health and Social Policy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at SXSWEdu March 5-8, 2018.

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