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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.

New UT PRC Texas Aging & Longevity Center Led by CHASP Faculty Fellows

Jan. 24, 2019

[Exerpt from UT Austin New Aging & Longevity Center to Address Future Needs of Texas’ Growing Elderly Population, 1/24/19] Nearly 15 percent of Texans — 4 million people — are 65 or older, and by 2040, older adults will make up more than a fifth of the population. This growing population is likely to present new challenges that researchers within the university’s Texas Aging & Longevity Center (TALC) are prepared to take on.

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.

Dr. Cynthia Osborne: New Paper on Which Children are Appointed a CASA Advocate

Jan. 11, 2019

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are independent and specially-trained community volunteers who are appointed by juvenile and family court judges to represent the interests of children who enter state custody after being removed from their families by Child Protective Services (CPS). CASAs develop personal relationships with the children they serve and act as “the eyes and ears” of the judge, bringing a depth of knowledge about the child’s needs and interests that CPS caseworkers and children’s attorneys may not have the time or resources to optimally develop.

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. Erin Lentz

Dec. 6, 2018

Erin Lentz, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and food policy scholar at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. She received a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.S. in applied economics and management from Cornell University. She received a Fulbright fellowship to Bangladesh to research the secondary effects of food aid in local communities. She 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.

Michele Deitch Sworn in as Member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Nov. 30, 2018

The Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States welcomed Michele Deitch, an award-winning teacher and senior lecturer at the LBJ School and The University of Texas School of Law, into its ranks on November 6, 2018.

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.

Dr. Sarah Brayne and the New Texas Prison Education Initiative

Nov. 14, 2018

Through the new Texas Prison Education Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin faculty and graduate students volunteer their time to teach inmates who can earn transferable college credits. Research shows that college prison programs can help reduce recidivism, improve wellbeing, and more.

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