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8th Annual CHASP Alumni-Student Reception with Alumna Lisa Graham of Notley Ventures

March 5, 2019

All LBJ School alumni and current students who are interested in social policy issues are invited for an evening of great food, drinks, and conversation at the Center for Health and Social Policy 8th Annual CHASP Reception on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:30pm-7:00pm at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The interdisciplinary field of social policy includes health, healthcare, education, criminal justice, children and families, housing, transportation, mental health, reproductive health, food, aging, and more

Dr. Cynthia Osborne on New National Committee Report on Reducing Child Poverty

March 5, 2019

More than 9.6 million children lived in families with annual incomes below the poverty line in 2015. Child poverty costs for the United States range between $800 billion and $1.1 trillion annually. When children grow up in poverty, they have lower earnings and income, are more dependent on public assistance, have more health problems, and are more likely to commit crimes.

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.

Perspectives Blog > Coercive Debt and the Definition of Domestic Violence

Feb. 18, 2019

Coercive Debt and the Definition of Domestic Violence​. By Amelia Hetherington, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorBefore returning to graduate school at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, I worked as an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. At Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA), our advocates specialized in either immediate crisis interventions and protections, or longer-term economic empowerment.

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.

New Research from Dr. Stephen Russell on Over-Representation of LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare

Feb. 13, 2019

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youths are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Perspectives Blog > The Business of Criminalizing Immigrants

Feb. 12, 2019

The Business of Criminalizing Immigrants​. By Jade Vasquez, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​In the week before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump told a crowd of Wisconsin supporters, “As we speak, the Democrat [sic] Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country.” The President isn’t the first to try to turn fears of criminality to tangible gain; past presidents, CEOs and investors in the private prison industry have been doing it for decades.

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.

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