Month: October 2018

DPP Alumni Seth Brohinsky Featured on WGBH Radio


Seth Brohinsky, MPA 2007, Project Director, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA  discussed the results of a national WGBH News poll on attitudes and perspectives that Americans have towards higher education with Jon Mathieu, WGBH’s Morning Edition anchor.  Seth shared that the poll addresses a variety of issues from whether colleges should factor race into their admissions process to higher education’s role in protecting students from sexual assault.  Findings indicate that of the 1,002 Americans who participated in the poll, two-thirds believed in attending college.  Seth notes that the results of the poll offers positive views of colleges and universities and the impact they have on society.

Read the interview at: WGBH News Poll: Americans Mostly View Higher Education Favorably

Dr. Lloyd Blanchard Speaks at APPAM Policy Camp


Lloyd BlanchardDr. Lloyd Blanchard, UConn’s Department of Public Policy Associate Professor in Residence and UConn Associate Vice President of Budget, Management and Institutional Research, gave the Featured Alumni Plenary Talk at the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Camp at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University on September 28, 2018.  Dr. Blanchard addressed the need for diverse perspectives at the policy table.  He shared his experiences as a person of color in a variety of leadership positions of sectors including academia, government, nonprofit, private, and policy areas.  Dr. Lloyd Blanchard earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Alumni Chelsea Ross, MPA 2011, New Associate Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing


Congratulations to alumna Chelsea Ross on her new position as Associate Director for New England, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the Source for Housing Solutions.  Chelsea has been with CSH for the past four years most recently serving as a CSH Senior Program Manager.  In her new leadership position, Chelsea will continue to expand her work in the area of supportive housing providing both CSH’s and her expertise in the field to the New England region.

Read Chelsea Ross’s Welcome Letter

Coventry, RI Selects John Arnett, MPA 2014 as new Finance Director

Mr. Arnett began his new position as the Finance Director of the Town of Coventry, RI on September 4, 2018.  John’s previous experience working at both the U.S. Small Business Administration and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDC) in Massachusetts will serve him well in his new position.  In addition to his MPA from UConn, John holds a Certificate in Public Finance from UConn.  DPP congratulates John and wishes him much success.

Dr. Kerri Raissian Helps Bring a New Nuance to Breastfeeding

Kerri Raissian

Our fellow DPP Assistant Professor, Dr. Kerri Raissian, co-authored The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health published in the Social Science and Medicine: Population Health journal.  The article was featured in UConn Today’s Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’.  Dr. Raissian and Dr. Houston Su’s research brings access to healthcare information for expecting mothers into light.  They found that a prenatal mother’s intention to breast feed reflects their knowledge, attitude, and social norms about infant feeding.  The infants whose mothers intended to breast feed had fewer incidents of ear infections, respiratory syncytial viruses, and used fewer antibiotics during the first year.  Since multiple health organizations recommend breastfeeding for the first six months, the authors realize that mothers who do not intend to breast feed may not be aware of this information, which means they have limited access to healthcare services.  The article concludes that policy intervention is needed in order to improve the health of infants.

Read Dr. Raissian and Dr. Houston Su’s The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health

Read UConn Today’s Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’