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Schroeder Center for Health Policy Hosts Dr. Doug Staiger

On October 2nd, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy hosted with W&M Economics the second of three panels, "Strengthening the Current and Future Nursing Workforce," to continue celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Summer 2023 Internship Fellows

Selected reflections from three Schroeder Center for Health Policy students who received financial assistance for policy internships in summer 2023.

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Schroeder Center Supports W&M Honors Research

The Schroeder Center is pleased to support Lilly Pope ('23, Public Policy and Kinesiology) and Caleb Fulford ('24, Government and American Studies) as they conduct their honors work in the health policy area. 

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One Tribe One Day at the Schroeder Center

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy is proud to participate in William & Mary’s One Tribe One Day events on April 18, 2023. We appreciate your considering the Schroeder Center as a place for your support.

Smith (’22) Presents Telehealth Research at National Primary Care Conference

David Smith (BA, Economics, ’22), a recent premed graduate of William & Mary, had the unique opportunity to use his research from an independent economics course to present a poster at the 50th annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Howard Discusses New Book on Social Safety Nets

Chris Howard, Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy, recently spoke to William & Mary students about “Social Safety Nets for Food and Medical Care.” 

Health Policy Interns Share Their Experiences

W&M students discuss their health policy summer internships at Healthsperien, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Institutes for Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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W&M Alums Launch Careers in Health Policy

The Schroeder Center hosted a Health Policy Careers panel with W&M alums, who spoke about how their own W&M undergraduate experiences shaped their work on Capitol Hill, in government agencies, and in the private sector. 

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Hesselbacher Talks about the Global Women's Health Index

Courtney Hesselbacher (W&M, Public Policy, ’06), U.S. Enterprise Portfolio Director at Gallup, describes the Hologic Global Women's Health Index as part of the Schroeder Center's "Women's Health" speaker series.

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W&M Alum, Wherry, Speaks about Women’s Health and Public Policy

The Schroeder Center welcomed its first speaker, W&M economics alum (BA, ‘03) Laura Wherry, as part of its Spring 2022 speaker series on “Women’s Health.”  Dr. Wherry, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Service at NYU, spoke about “Women’s Health and Public Policy.”

W&M Students Conduct Research on Healthcare Innovation

During the fall 2021 semester, students in the Schroeder Center’s Health Policy Research Lab focused their attention on improving the value of healthcare in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Changing Policies on 988, the Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Stephanie Pasternak and Jodi Kwarciany from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presented to the W&M community about the 988 mental health crisis hotline and putting mental health policy to practice.

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Dr. Mutter Addresses the Opioid Crisis

Ryan Mutter, Ph.D., gave a presentation to the W&M community on “Responding to the Opioid Crisis.” Dr. Mutter, a Principal Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), received his BA in economics from W&M ('98) and obtained his Ph.D. in public policy from UMBC.

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Dr. R. Lorraine Collins Discusses Cannabis Use and Policies

Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, spoke to W&M students about the question, "Does Research on the Health Effects of Cannabis Influence Policy?"

Prof. Jennifer Mellor Educating Students and Policymakers on Health Policy

Professor Jennifer Mellor wears many hats at William & Mary. She's a Public Policy faculty affiliate, Director of Graduate Studies for Public Policy, Director of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, and member of the Economics Department. Recently, she was profiled in the W&M campus newspaper, The Flat Hat, for her wide ranging contributions to health policy research and teaching.

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Jeff Lunardi Talks about the State's Policy Role in Mental Health

Jeff Lunardi, a W&M graduate (BA, ’05; MBA, ’07) and Executive Director of the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC), gave a talk entitled “Addressing Behavioral Health in Virginia: State Policy Role.” 

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Students Attend National Undergraduate Conference

Five W&M undergraduates recently presented their health policy research at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which is “the largest symposium of its kind in the world, bringing together nearly 4,000 undergraduate students each year from all fields and disciplines.”

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Williamsburg

The William & Mary Health Policy Journal Club and the Schroeder Center for Health Policy recently hosted a talk with Carol Sale and Paulette Parker from the Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF). 

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One Tribe One Day at the Schroeder Center

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy is proud to participate in William & Mary’s One Tribe One Day events on April 13, 2021.

The Impact of COVID-19 on College Students Studying Abroad

On Wednesday, October 28, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy concluded its multidisciplinary speaker series on the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual talk from Dr. Eric Pedersen, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Pedersen’s research focuses on the areas of young adult/adolescent substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Disparities, Determinants and Data in the Era of Covid-19

On Wednesday, October 14, William & Mary’s Schroeder Center for Health Policy continued its multidisciplinary speaker series on the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual talk by Rashida Dorsey, Ph.D., M.P.H., the founder and principal of WisdomBuilds, LLC

Deputy Secretary Figueroa Speaks about COVID-19's Effects on Virginia

On Wednesday, September 23, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy continued its multidisciplinary speaker series on the COVID-19 pandemic with a virtual talk from Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Marvin Figueroa.

Building Health Policy Analysis Skills

Maggie Delaney, ’21, had a plan. In the summer between her junior and senior years, she would secure an internship where she could implement the lessons she learned in her classes at William & Mary.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Faculty and staff of William & Mary’s Public Policy Program were excited and proud to confer degrees to 53 undergraduates and 12 graduate students in our on-line graduation ceremony in May.

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Nursing Home Dollars and Cents

New W&M research shows that higher Medicare payments lead facilities to increase the amount of nursing facility care provided to Medicare residents

A Remembrance of L. Clifford Schroeder, Sr.

Although he did not attend William & Mary himself, L. Clifford Schroeder, Sr. had a strong love of the College and took great pride in what W&M students can do to address pressing problems affecting society.

W&M Students Prepare for the Age Wave

For many William & Mary students, the first weekend of the Spring 2020 semester meant easing back into the routine of campus life after the winter break. But for nearly two dozen William & Mary students, that first Friday afternoon was the start of a deep dive into one of the most serious challenges facing the U.S. and other aging societies: How do individual families and the country as a whole pay for the long-term care that so many aged and disabled persons need?

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Bill Carpenter Talks about Cancer Care

The Schroeder Center hosted a visit by Bill Carpenter, MHA, Ph.D., who gave a research talk to William & Mary faculty, staff, and students about "Studying Cancer Care to Understand Healthcare More Broadly."

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Schroeder Center Announces Two Summer Research Assistant Openings

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy will hire two research assistants for the summer of 2019. One research assistant will focus on work related to the School Health Initiative Program (SHIP), and the other will focus on recent policy changes affecting persons covered by the Medicare program.

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Researchers Receive Grant to Study Nursing Home Quality and Services

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awarded a grant to researchers at William & Mary's Schroeder Center for Health Policy and Swarthmore College to study what happens when Medicare cuts the rates it pays to nursing homes.

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Healthcare Policy Expert, Amanda Smith Cassidy, Speaks to W&M Students

The Schroeder Center recently hosted a visit by Amanda Smith Cassidy, an alumna of W&M’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program and an expert in the field of healthcare policy.  Cassidy currently works at Arnold & Porter as a Health Policy Advisor.

Investigating Uber's claim as an accident deterrent

W&M student Brittany Young '20 spent her seven weeks as a fellow with the Summer Research Program sponsored by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, looking into the impact of Uber on motor vehicle accidents in Virginia.

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Schroeder Center Highlights Student Health Policy Research

As part of its 15 year anniversary events, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy highlighted the research of seven current William & Mary undergraduate students in a poster session attended by nearly 50 faculty, staff, and students.

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Timothy Jost Brings His Health Policy Expertise to William & Mary

National health policy expert, Timothy Jost (JD), shared his experiences with William & Mary students and faculty. Mr. Jost, Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, is an expert in the fields of health law and policy and health care regulation. (Photo by Stephen Salpukas)

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William & Mary Shapes Health Policy

As part of the celebration of its 15th year, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy hosted a panel discussion of William & Mary Public Policy Program alumni who are currently working in the health policy field. (Photo by Stephen Salpukas)

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New Report Released on Inpatient Care in Virginia Hospitals for 2016

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy released its newest report detailing inpatient care provided in Virginia’s community hospitals. The report describes nearly 844,000 hospitalizations in 2016 at 82 of Virginia’s acute, critical access, and children’s hospitals.

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Schroeder Center Receives AHRQ Grant

Together with Tufts University and the University of Pittsburgh, William & Mary’s Schroeder Center for Health Policy was recently awarded a nearly $1 million grant to study the interrelationships between the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Avoiding Preventable Hospitalizations

A recent study by the Schroeder Center, published in Health Services Research, uses Virginia data to look at one reason why some parts of Virginia have higher rates of avoidable hospitalizations than others. The study focuses on whether having more primary care physicians nearby is linked to fewer avoidable hospitalizations.

Does Expanding Coverage Hurt Those Already Insured?

Do public policies that expand coverage hurt those who already have insurance, such as older adults with existing Medicare coverage? That's the question examined in a study published in August 2017 in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. The study was authored by health economists Melissa McInerney (Tufts), Jennifer Mellor (William & Mary), and Lindsay Sabik (University of Pittsburgh).

Student RAs Get Hands-on Experience with Data Analysis in Program and Policy Evaluation

One of the best ways for students to polish their research skills is by assisting a faculty member. In summer 2017, three W&M undergrads worked as research assistants to different faculty, all sponsored by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy. Each student got hands-on experience working with the types of data needed to evaluate programs and public policies.

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Undergraduates Study Healthcare Issues in Virginia

For the third consecutive year, undergraduate students from William & Mary and medical school students at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) carried out intensive research projects related to health policy and health services research as part of the annual SC-BI research program.

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Annual Report on Inpatient Care in Virginia Hospitals is Released

A new report from William & Mary’s Schroeder Center for Health Policy provides a detailed description of the inpatient care provided in Virginia’s community hospitals during nearly 850,000 hospitalizations in 2015.

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Students Complete Summer Health Policy Fellowships

For the second consecutive summer, William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) students researched issues around health policy, public health, and health services research as part of the Schroeder Center – Brock Institute (SC-BI) research program.

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Schroeder Center Publishes New Study on Medicare Readmissions

A new study to be published in Health Economics features research conducted by Schroeder Center faculty and staff on what happens when Medicare penalizes hospitals that have excess readmission rates for patients treated for pneumonia, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure.

Students board the 'SHIP' to healthy living

It's not often school-age kids swarm for a taste of cabbage. But that's what happened at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, as students eagerly flocked to a cafeteria cart serving cooked samples of bok choy.

Rachael Rowland Speaks about Health Policy Issues and Health Insurers

Rachael Rowland, Vice President of State Affairs for Anthem, Inc., recently spoke to William & Mary students about health policy issues that are important to health insurers. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in some states, the perspective of private health insurers is an important one in understanding the health insurance market.

Innovative Geospatial Research on Access to Primary Care Physicians

Michael Daly, a Research Associate at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, recently presented preliminary findings about the best way to measure access to primary care physicians. Daly’s presentation featured preliminary analysis using a novel geospatial measure of physician accessibility and showed that the new measure of accessibility is associated with improved ambulatory care access in Virginia.

Fellows Present Research on Virginia Health Policy Issues

Student research fellows at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy presented results from their work to staff from the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care and the Williamsburg Health Foundation and faculty from William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). These presentations represented the capstone of a joint seven-week research experience completed in conjunction with EVMS.

Michael O'Donnell Speaks about "What Works Best in Workplace Health Promotion"

Michael O'Donnell (Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.) speaks about health promotion in the workplace and on national health policy. Dr. O'Donnell is President/Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion as well as Clinical Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.

Leigh Kades Speaks About National Organ Donation and Transplantation Policies

Leigh Kades spoke to faculty and students about creating effective and safe national organ donation, allocation, and transplantation policies. Ms. Kades is Policy Editor for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Liaison for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/UNOS Policy Oversight Committee.

Medicaid Expansion Update: Virginia General Assembly

During a September 2014 special legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly opposed expanding Medicaid to the state’s uninsured on a procedural vote of 64 to 33 in the House. This vote was the culmination of many legislative and gubernatorial efforts on this issue in the last two years.

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W&M/EVMS Retreat Features W&M Faculty and Schroeder Center Affiliates

The second faculty retreat for researchers and educators from the College of William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) took place on Friday, October 11 at the EVMS campus in Norfolk. The event provided another opportunity for faculty from both institutions to interact with each other and with representatives from Sentara Healthcare and to discuss potential research and educational collaborations.

Schroeder Center Welcomes Bethany Welstead

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy is pleased to announce the hiring of a new health policy analyst, Bethany Welstead. Welstead earned her Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) in epidemiology from Emory University in May 2013, after receiving her B.S. in health sciences and B.A. in economics from Furman University.

Proposals sought for EVMS/W&M collaborative research

Faculty and staff from William & Mary joined their counterparts from Eastern Virginia Medical School Tuesday to discuss what might be the most fruitful areas for collaborative research.

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Schroeder Center Recognizes Students for Studies in Health Policy

The Schroeder Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Health Policy Awards for Student Scholarship program. Based on their exceptional memos, this year’s student Health Policy Award winners are Ryan Buckland, Irina Calos, Amber Will, and Jordan Bowman.

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Schroeder Center Awards Grants to Faculty

This spring, the Schroeder Center awarded its first set of Small Grants Program awards to four faculty members for research in health policy. The new program will increase support for faculty-led health policy research projects at William & Mary, an important objective of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy.

Schroeder Center Reviews Health Data for the Historic Triangle

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy is pleased to share a recent report prepared by Jennifer M. Mellor, Elizabeth Vestal, and Carrie Dolan, entitled, “Health Outcomes and Health Determinants in the Historic Triangle,” that presents information on the current health of the Historic Triangle.

New Study on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cardiac Care

Daifeng He, a Schroeder Center faculty affiliate, Jennifer Mellor, Director of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, and Eytan Jankowitz, a William & Mary graduate (Class of ’11), have a new study on cardiac care disparities, entitled, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Surgical Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction: The Role of Hospital and Physician Effects,” forthcoming in a 2013 issue of Medical Care Research and Review.

CMS Administrator Visits W&M

Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Virginia’s former Secretary of Health and Human Resources, addressed a large group of faculty, students, and interested guests at the College of William & Mary on September 24, 2012.

Schroeder Center Convenes Community Health Data Workshop

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy convened a Community Health Data Workshop for local health and human services providers on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.

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McInerney and Mellor Examine Recessions and Seniors’ Health

A new study forthcoming in the Journal of Health Economics by economists and Schroeder Center faculty affiliates Melissa McInerney and Jennifer Mellor provides a comprehensive look at the effects of recessions on seniors’ health.

New Study Looks at Medicare Payment Changes

In a new study, “Hospital Responses to Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System: Evidence from Florida,” forthcoming in the Journal of Health Economics, vol. 31, issue 4 (September 2012), Daifeng He and Jennifer M. Mellor examine the effect of Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) on hospital outpatient volume.

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Elizabeth Vestal Comments on Obesity Epidemic

Elizabeth Vestal, policy analyst at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, spoke with Daniel B. Wood of the Christian Science Monitor about what government can do to address obesity and whether government efforts have been successful in curbing the epidemic growth in obesity rates. Mr. Wood included comments from his conversation with Elizabeth in his story: “Supersize America: Whose Job to Fight Obesity?”

Melissa McInerney Receives Prestigious Grant

The Schroeder Center is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Economics and Schroeder Center faculty affiliate, Melissa McInerney, Ph.D., is one of five 2012 Sandell Grant Program Recipients.

New Funding from the Russell Sage Foundation

The Schroeder Center is pleased to announce a recent grant from the Russell Sage Foundation awarded to Melissa McInerney (W&M), Jennifer Mellor (W&M) and Lauren Hersch Nicholas (University of Michigan). The grant will be used to study health effects stemming from recession.

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Let's Move!

“Our students come here looking for opportunities to discover new things and to work closely with faculty and share ideas. The SHIP project helps give them that,” says Professor Mellor.

Fast Food Proximity Weighs on Obesity (The Virginia Gazette)

How near children live to fast-food restaurants may contribute to their becoming obese. That’s one finding in a new study by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy at William & Mary. The project is featured in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.

William & Mary to host forum on healthcare reform

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy will host a forum on healthcare reform and how it may impact Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Schroeder Center symposium discusses Virginia healthcare reform

In today's economic environment, electronic health records (EHR's) offer the biggest opportunities and the biggest risks in healthcare reform, Michael Tripathi told participants at the Schroeder Center for Healthcare Policy's 2008 Healthcare Symposium at the College of William and Mary.

Health Policy Takes Center Stage

Beyond the general policy coursework of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, Master's candidates often pursue a particular policy field of interest. A significant number of students within the program have chosen to study health policy and a select few have been honored as Schroeder Healthcare Policy Fellows (Cory Kaufman, Geoffrey Peck, David Sitcovsky, Massey Whorley, and Stefanie Whorton).

Healthcare gap is widening - Harder for poor people to find a doctor

A new report reveals that when it comes to access to health care, the rich stay well and the poor get sicker. The Schroeder Center for Healthcare Policy at the College of William & Mary released grim results from a survey on access to physician care in greater Williamsburg.

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Study shows need for additional veterans care facilities in Virginia

According to a study conducted by the SchroederCenter for Healthcare Policy at the College of William & Mary, Virginia will need up to three new care centers to meet the projected long-term care needs of Virginia veterans.