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Arkansas could be doing a better job of reaching out to Latino families to get health insurance for their kids. That’s one finding in a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.
Arkansas’ uninsured rate for Hispanic children is 11 percent, comparable to the national average, but more than double the uninsured rate for all children in the state. Marquita Little, health policy director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, says while historic gains have been made since the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, the state could make more progress.
“We’ve expanded Medicaid coverage and extended that coverage to adults,” says Little. “That’s helped, because if parents enroll in coverage, they also enroll their children. But we could also implement a federal option that would remove many of the barriers that allow children who legally reside in our state to enroll in our ARKids First program.”
She explains children in many Hispanic families face a five-year waiting period to enroll in the ARKids First program. She says taking advantage of the federal option would remove that barrier without costing the state additional money.
Little says one common challenge is covering families of mixed immigration status.
“That creates a barrier a lot of times,” says Little. “Because of misinformation about how immigration status within a family may impact a child’s eligibility for coverage.”
She says if children are U.S. citizens and meet the other eligibility requirements, their family’s immigration status has no bearing on getting them covered.
To fight the misconceptions about coverage, education and outreach are critically important, says Sonya Schwartz, policy fellow with the Georgetown Center.
“We’re focusing a lot right now on the outreach and enrollment aspect, because this is the end of the open enrollment period, there are two more weeks for people to enroll in ‘healthcare.gov’ and state marketplaces,” says Schwartz. “And so, we want to make sure that we reach all the remaining eligible but uninsured Hispanic kids.”
The report says nationwide, most of the 1.7 million uninsured Hispanic children are eligible for coverage but haven’t been enrolled.
In recent years the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has practiced “Giving at Graduation.” Each year we select a local organization and encourage our students and graduation attendees to bring items for that organization.
In the past we’ve supported such groups as Volunteers in Public Schools; the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Mobile Dental Clinic; and places that deal specifically with homelessness, such as the Jericho Way Resource Center; Our House; and The Van.
We see every graduation as an opportunity to help others,, and we hope high schools and other college and universities around the country will do the same. At your graduation ceremony this spring, we encourage you to consider giving opportunities. We’ve found that even small acts of giving go a very long way. As an example, one year we asked for toothbrushes and toothpaste.
We truly think graduation ceremonies are great times to come together and not only celebrate the accomplishments of graduates and their families, but also to have significant community service impacts.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock holds a library of signed books by authors from Kennedy biographer Ted Sorensen to Texas joker Kinky Friedman — hundreds of volumes that nobody set out to collect.
These 400 books, give or take a tome, add up to an acquisition of “historic significance,” dean Skip Rutherford says. “In years to come,” he expects, “they will be very valuable.”
Most are from authors who have appeared in the Clinton School’s speaker series, an 11-year-old lineup of free, public lectures. The school does not pay for these talks, but if the speaker just happens to have a book for sale — and what author doesn’t? — it buys a book.
Some are donated, as by the school’s namesake, former President Bill Clinton. Every so often, he sends another box of books, Rutherford says.
In time, the books spilled from Rutherford’s office to that of Nikolai DiPippa, director of public programs, and finally out of the door of the red-brick school building next to the Clinton Presidential Center.
So now, they fill a line of glass-doored cases, specially built for them in the school’s classroom and study center in the River Market.
“It’s a great reminder, I think, for the students,” Rutherford says. They aspire to public service, and practically every book stands for exactly that.
Guest speakers give the school’s 100 students a chance to “interact with decision makers, educators and political leaders,” Rutherford says. The books are a who’s-who of big-name visitors to the school and to Little Rock.
Figure it this way; The collection includes a copy of editor Seweryn Bialer’s book, Inside Gorbachev’s Russia, from 1988. The hardcover in good condition goes for about $30 on the used book website abe.com. Bill Clinton donated this copy, having written his name in the back. Clinton’s autograph, as president, can be worth $500, according to a report on National Public Radio. But this inscription might be even more interesting. Dated two years before he ran for president, the autograph indicates Clinton had his mind on international relations even then, as governor of Arkansas — if so, an insight hard to calculate in dollars.
Or this: a copy of Primary Colors, signed by Joe Klein. It was hot buzz as published almost 20 years ago. Reviewers generally sniffed out the fiction as a thinly disguised farce about Clinton’s first presidential bid, originally credited to “Anonymous.” Time magazine columnist Klein denied several times having written it, but he finally owned up — and set pen to this copy. It’s not for sale, but if it went up for auction, the bidding might be anonymous.
Or this: a signed copy of Jesse Ventura’s book, American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies the Government Tells Us (2010). More recently, the former Navy SEAL, professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota has said he might run for president. “If we’re going to turn our politics into entertainment,” he told the Washington Examiner, “then I got a good shot.” If he won, the office could do an airplane spin on his current autograph value of $50, the going price for a signed index card on Amazon.com.
“He couldn’t have been nicer,” Rutherford says.
The dean’s favorite part of the collection? Might it be? — from basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, who, instead of a book, inked a basketball.
Might it be? — Arkansas governor-turned author, TV pundit and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s bipartisan inscription to the Clinton School, “a great treasure for Arkansas.”
Might it be? — a signed copy of Mitch Albom’s best-seller, Tuesdays With Morrie, with the message added: “Giving is living.”
Might it be? — Texas musician and writer Friedman’s inscribed advice to Clinton to do as Winston Churchill said to friends and confidants, but not to the public, and not in the newspaper. Basically, translated from the unprintably irreverent: Hang in there.
“I read a lot of civil rights history,” he says, “and here it is, signed by Taylor Branch.”
“Either write something worth reading,” as Founding Father Ben Franklin said, “or do something worth writing.”
Do, write, and have a book on these shelves among authors including Al Gore, John McCain, David Pryor, Madeleine Albright, John Lithgow, Richard Dawkins, even Dr. Phil (McGraw).
Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, “rode a bus from Memphis to get here,” Rutherford remembers.
“The speaker series has got to where we have publishers and authors calling us,” DiPippa says. Another talk, another book.
The book collection is on display for students, faculty and campus visitors. To have a look by appointment, call DiPippa at (501) 683-5206. More information about the Clinton School of Public Service is available at clintonschool.uasys.edu.
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“Reinventing the Classroom, Rethinking Education,” Harry Lewis
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Harry Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and articles, including his celebrated book on higher education, “Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?” As a member of the Harvard faculty since 1974 and the former Dean of Harvard College, he has helped launch thousands of Harvard undergraduates, including both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, into careers in computer science. With “Reinventing the Classroom, Rethinking Education,” Lewis explores the movement of information online and how it challenges the old rule of the lecture hall as the place where information from the professor is passed on to the students, while also exploring the emergence of mass online education and rethinking how faculty use classroom time.
“From Punishment to Public Health: Transforming Global Drug Policies and Supporting Human Rights,” Ernest Drucker
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Sturgis Hall)
– Ernest Drucker is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in New York, where he conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the U.S. and abroad. For 25 years, Drucker was the Director of Public Health and Policy Research at Montefiore/Einstein and founding Director of Montefiore’s 1000 patient drug treatment program until 1990, an NIH funded principal investigator since 1991, and author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, texts, and book chapters. His book, “A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America,” was published by The New Press in September of 2011.
“Jazz: Evolution of an American Art Form and Its Place on 9th Street,” Jazz Symposium
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Mosaic Templars Cultural Center) *In partnership with the Oxford American and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
– This panel discussion will be moderated by musician and lifelong jazz enthusiast, Chris Parker, and feature panelists Amina Claudine Myers (born in Blackwell, Ark.), a New York-based jazz singer and pianist; John Cain, a Little Rock-based activist and 9th Street historian; and Nathan Hood, a Hot Springs-based baritone saxophone player. The panel will share personal experiences as jazz musicians and lovers of the genre, as well as the art form’s historical context within the African American microeconomics that existed in U.S. cities prior to the Civil Rights movement.
At 7:30 p.m. — following the 60-minute symposium — a jazz ensemble led by Chris Parker will play a 60-minute set of music. Featured members of the ensemble will include bassist Bill Huntington, drummer Yvette ‘Babygirl’ Preyer, and saxophonist Nathan Hood. Parker, Huntington, Preyer, and Hood have worked with an impressive and wide range of musicians, including Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John, Benny Powell, Art Pepper, Isaac Hayes, and Harold Ousley, among others. Admission for the performance is $10 regular or $5 for students/artists.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Arkansas,” a film screening
Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Join us for a film screening of “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Arkansas,” which originally aired on KATV-7 on January 19, 1987 as a 30-minute television special. Narrated by Arkansas native Deborah Mathis, it includes Dr. King’s attendance at Ernest Green’s Little Rock Central High School graduation and his commencement address at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.
“A Conversation with Recording Legend Michael Fine”
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
– Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Director Phillip Mann will moderate a wide-reaching discussion with seven-time Grammy Award winner and Classical Producer of the Year, Michael Fine. Widely acknowledged as one of the top classical recording producers in the world, Fine has held the post of Vice President of Artists & Repertoire at Deutsche Grammophon – the first American to hold the post of Artistic Director in its hundred-year history. Highlights of Fine’s producing career include work with Andrea Bocelli, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the London Symphony. Fine will premiere the chamber orchestra version of his “Suite For Strings” with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on its Intimate Neighborhood Concerts Series at 7:00 p.m. on January 21 at 2nd Presbyterian Church.
“Peter and the Starcatcher,” a panel discussion
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– Arkansas Repertory Theatre producing artistic director, Bob Hupp, will host a panel discussion on the upcoming production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the prelude to J. M. Barrie’s fantasy classic “Peter Pan.” Based on the popular Dave Barry books, and mixing British pantomime with playful elements of childhood make-believe, this adventure journeys into the forgotten realms of the imagination and the secret history of the ‘Boy Who Would Never Grow Up.’ “Peter and the Starcatcher” embarks on an ocean voyage as Molly, a young Starcatcher aboard the good ship Neverland, races to escape the comical clutches of the dread pirate Black Stache. Accompanied by a trio of Lost Boys, she is soon marooned on a not-so-deserted island filled with otherworldly enchantments and exhilarating danger, all leading more to the untold story of Peter Pan.
“Historical Significance and Current Trends in the Iowa Caucus,” Steffen Schmidt
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Steffen Schmidt’s is a University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and an internationally recognized expert on American elections. He’s the author of 70 articles in scholarly journals and 11 books, including the best-selling college textbook “American Government and Politics Today (19th edition),” which has been read by over 3 million college students, and the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and Teacher of the Year award. Known as “Dr. Politics,” Schmidt has been analyzing the Iowa caucuses and US national politics since 1972 and is currently teaching a free, short online course on the caucuses.
Dan Visconti, award-winning composer
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
– Dan Visconti is an American composer whose compositions often explore the rough timbres, propulsive rhythms, and improvisational energy characteristic of jazz, bluegrass, and rock. His work has been performed by some of the top interpreters of contemporary music in some of the best venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has received numerous awards. For his ongoing initiatives innovating concert experiences that address social issues through music, Visconti was awarded a 2014 TED Fellowship and delivered a TED talk at the 30th Anniversary TED Conference in Vancouver. Visconti serves as composer and Director of Artistic Programming at Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, a nonprofit organization that reaches new audiences with an emphasis on civic outreach, educational programming, and collaborative projects with other artists. He is also composer-in-residence at the Fresh Inc Festival, where he works with young entrepreneurs in building musical careers in line with their own unique vision and values.
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This article was originally published by Arkansas Money & Politics.
Several high school students in the Little Rock School District are learning how to build their own business from the ground up this semester as part of the new pilot program called Spark, a partnership between the City of Little Rock’s Department of Community Programs and Junior Achievement of Arkansas, with help from the Little Rock School District, Iberia Bank and the Clinton School of Public Service.
Students began the 15-week course by doing research and devising a business plan for a product that would be relatively cost-efficient to produce as well as meaningful to consumers. The winning idea? A small wall clock that buyers can customize with art. The program culminates with the marketing, selling, and order fulfillment of the clocks — just in time for holiday orders.
The interactive class, being taught at both Central and Parkview high schools, offers training using a blended-learning approach that incorporates real-world lessons with classroom instruction on the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business success.The sessions contain interactive content, including videocasts led by subject matter experts that explore concepts such as brainstorming a product or service. Lessons also discuss the importance of conducting market research to refine the product or service to meet consumers’ evolving needs.
“As a former Junior Achievement graduate and former entrepreneur myself, this type project has always been an ambition of mine,” says Dana Dossett, Director of Community Programs for the City of Little Rock. “Since most jobs are generated from small businesses, learning effective entrepreneurship skills at a young age are crucial to the future of our youth as more startups open and succeed. The potential opportunities this type of joint project embodies are endless.”
“The Junior Achievement program really goes above and beyond the state frameworks for entrepreneurship,” said Little Rock Central business and marketing teacher Mary Tippin. “I love how theory is being put into practice.”
As the course winds down, Tippin’s students are in beginning production of the clocks with the hopes that their marketing efforts result in even more orders over the next few days. The goal is to fulfill initial orders in time for Christmas.
“The new Spark Program gives students the opportunity to play a greater leadership role in the process with volunteers encouraging them to find their voice and spark the entrepreneurial spirit,” states Chad Kauffman, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Arkansas. “They have the opportunity to apply concepts used by this generation’s entrepreneurs, such as e-commerce and crowd-funding. In addition, participants are provided an opportunity to present their own business ideas for selection and launch of their own business. Those selected will be presented with additional training, mentoring, and seed funding to start and staff their business.”
The Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy is proud to announce local nonprofit Our House has been selected to work with our inaugural Researcher in Residence Dr. Muthusami Kumaran in Spring 2016.
Our House operates a comprehensive program that utilizes a multi-generational approach to assist homeless and near-homeless families transition into the workforce and civic life. Our House Executive Director Georgia Mjartan and members of her staff will be matched with Dr. Kumaran in partnership with the Center on Community Philanthropy to craft a meaningful data project aimed to build capacity for innovative data collection and analysis as Our House continues its work towards its powerful mission.
We were excited by the number of applications submitted by Arkansas nonprofits, and the selection process was very competitive. We are pleased to have already received much energy and enthusiasm around our inaugural Researcher in Residence program, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership between the Center and Our House.
This work will also be leading up to our National Conference on Community Philanthropy and Public Service on April 7-8, 2016 whose theme is Elevate Children. Registration will open in January 2016. You can learn more at our website.
Dr. Kumaran has worked, studied, and been published extensively around the world. He is currently an assistant professor of Nonprofit Management and Community Organizations in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He received a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Madras, India, where he also earned his two Master’s degrees and a Bachelor’s of Science.
“Strengthening capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector is critical for communities across the state,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “Launching the Researcher in Residence initiative is an important step toward fostering more data driven practice and performance within the field.”
Dr. Kumaran has been awarded numerous honors including the Life Time Achievement Award for Services to NGO Sectors from the Soka Ikeda College of Arts & Science for Women in Chennai, India in August 2015 and the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award in June 2015. Dr. Kumaran will be on the Clinton School campus January through May 2016.
“In a data-driven, outcomes-oriented world, this innovative Researcher in Residence position will offer our students some incredible skills and opportunities for future careers. It also represents another in a long list of meaningful community engagement initiatives championed by our Center on Community Philanthropy,” said Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School. “We’re looking forward to having Dr. Kumaran here with us.”
On November 10, The Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy sponsored a community conversation in Sumner, MS concerning the future of the Emmett Till Multipurpose Complex in Tallahatchie County, MS. Forty Tallahatchie County residents attended the community dialogue to discuss ideas for future activities and programs for the building to house. Second year Clinton School students Katherine Brown, Melvin Clayton, and Akaylah Jones facilitated the dialogue.
The Emmett Till Multipurpose Complex, a county building, has been vacant for four years. Two community leaders, Jessie Jaynes and Patrick Weems, have come forth to organize the community to voice opinions about the re-opening of the building to benefit the community.
“The Center is proud to support these community leaders in Tallahatchie County,”said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “Gathering input from all residents is necessary and a practice of community philanthropy we encourage.”
At the gathering, community members expressed hope that building will re-open to offer services for the betterment of Tallahatchie County residents.
“Our first meeting was a monumental success,”said Jessie Jaynes, Tallahatchie County community leader. “To have such a diverse cross-section of our community come together and participate in such wonderful spirit was simply inspiring.”
Sumner, MS was the place of the 1955 trial of the kidnap and murder of 14 year old Emmett Till. The county courthouse has recently been restored to the way it looked during the 1955 trial, where J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant were acquitted of the charges, later confessing to the kidnap and murder.
The Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy promotes the giving of time, talent, and treasure for lasting positive change in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. You can learn more at www.clintonschool.uasys.edu/community-philanthropy.
Forty-seven students are currently working on their final field service projects throughout Arkansas and the world to complete the Clinton School’s Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program.
The students are partnering with public service organizations on projects related to economic and community development, health care, social inequality, and efficient energy consumption, among other areas. The projects require individual students to work with community leaders to help build healthy, engaged, and vibrant communities, and demonstrate their ability to work effectively in public service.
Through the course, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their time at the Clinton School to real-world scenarios.
“Field service is a major component of our program,” said Dean Skip Rutherford. “Each project reflects on the individual skills and interests of our students and often leads to jobs after graduation.”
This is the third public service project students complete during the two-year MPS degree program, along with a team-based project in Arkansas during their first year and the International Public Service project, an individual project completed during the summer between their first and second year.
Here are some examples of current student projects and project locations:
Nouroudine Alassane (Linguere, Senegal)
Organization: Heifer International (www.heifer.org/Senegal)
Alassane will create a baseline for the Sahel Project prototype using surveys and focus groups to create a baseline benchmark for Heifer’s program in the Sahel region of West Africa. This will serve as a model for all other projects in the Sahel aimed at fighting water and food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty among the populations in this region.
Kathryn Baxter (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (http://
Baxter is developing a toolkit of teen pregnancy prevention strategies tailored to meet the needs of Arkansas communities. Baxter will interview and survey youth-serving professionals across the state and develop an original resource of effective strategies and resources based on the identified needs of participants.. The toolkit will be used by local health education teachers, school nurses, school administrators, and staff of community organizations to implement the approaches that will be most effective in their own communities.
Abby Bi (Washington, D.C.)
Organization: U.S. Chamber of Commerce (https://www.uschamber.com)
Bi is working at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, which is helping advance the positive social, economic and environmental impact of business. Bi is creating case studies on circular economies, which are restorative and regenerative by design and aim to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. Bi is also researching supplier diversity in the international supply chain. The project will explore how to reduce waste in business processes and leverage business for economically empower women, minorities and small businesses.
Romerse Biddle (Texarkana, Ark./Texas)
Biddle will develop the foundation for a strategic community development plan that will include: economic integration, identification of barriers to full economic and community participation, desires of the community, community assets and challenges, and assist the community in the development of five-year community vision for the community
Katherine Brown (Pine Bluff, Ark.)
Organization: City of Pine Bluff Economic and Community Development Department (http://pbecd.com/about.html)
Brown is researching supportive housing models for persons with disabilities for the City of Pine Bluff Economic and Community Development (ECD) Department. Brown will analyze best practices, especially in light of existing supportive services within the city, and generate a report specifying feasible housing development models and a review of available grants to implement the models.
Amanda Cullen (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: DePaul USA (http://www.depaulusa.org/our-
Cullen is conducting a needs assessment of the community surrounding the Jericho Way Resource Center in Little Rock. By surveying local residents for their needs and opinions regarding Jericho Way, Cullen will generate data and recommendations to increase community engagement with this organization.. The assessment results will be used by Depaul USA to meet the needs of local residents, build a stronger sense of community between local residents and Jericho Way participants, and to ensure that Jericho Way is known as a resource for anyone to access.
Andrew Forsman (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Department of Human Services (Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support) / Corporation for National and Community Service (www.humanservices.arkansas.
Forsman will conduct an organizational analysis of the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support and spearhead creation of their logic model and theory of change. He will also collaborate with Division staff to develop a performance monitoring system for their capacity building efforts.
Georgia Genoway (Monrovia, Liberia)
Organization: Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (www.gboweepeaceafrica.org)
Genoway is conducting an impact assessment of the Gbowee Peace Foundation-African Girls Leadership Initiative (AGLI). AGLI provides full scholarship, financial aid, leadership and mentorship opportunities to girls and women in Africa. Genoway will develop a comprehensive report by analyzing information generated from interviews. The report would be used by GPFA to secure funding for expanding and improving the program.
Jennifer Guzman (Washington, D.C.)
Organization: Vital Voices Global Partnership (www.vitalvoices.org)
Guzman is working with the Human Rights team at Vital Voices Global Partnership to evaluate the effectiveness of the “Institute Model” frequently utilized for training and capacity-building programs. The Vital Voices Institute Model convenes local actors from across the criminal justice and service-provider sectors in program-based countries to build a framework for a coordinated response to gender-based violence crimes, thereby improving victim access to justice and services. Guzman is a McLarty Global Fellow at Vital Voices.
Lakaija Wood Johnson (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: UAMS College of Nursing (http://nursing.uams.edu/)
Johnson is conducting a process evaluation of the “A Day in the Life of a Nurse” Program. This event is a one-day component of the “Growing Our Own in the Delta” (GOOD) project that seeks to promote nursing as a career for high school students from the Arkansas Delta region. The GOOD project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. After conducting an assessment of current practices, Johnson will develop & enhance strategies to recruit underrepresented and disadvantaged students interested in pursuing professional nursing education.
Bolton Kirchner (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Arkansas Children’s Hospital (www.archildrens.org)
Kirchner is developing a program evaluation plan for a school-based health center at Franklin Elementary School in the Little Rock School District. A school-based health center reduces disparities in health by providing physical, mental and wellness services where students learn, decreasing the barriers children and their families face when seeking care. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a vital partner in this school-based health center, providing leadership and clinical services. This evaluation plan will help improve clinic processes and in the future it will measure the impact on students’ attendance, grades, and health, showing how this investment allows students to be more engaged learners today and healthier into the future. Based on the experience of developing and conducting the evaluation, Kirchner is also creating and presenting a program evaluation workshop to increase the skills capacity of ACH staff.
Coby MacMaster (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Organization: Office of Mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss (http://www.grcity.us)
MacMaster is working with local officials to build a roadmap for the implementation of the city’s sustainability goals at a neighborhood level. He will research best practices in environmental sustainability for city and municipality governments, along with ways to integrate these practices at a neighborhood level. By exploring the practices of other local governments and examining what is currently being done in Grand Rapids, MacMaster will provide specific initiative recommendations for the City of Grand Rapids to move forward.
Amanda Mathies (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas- Little Rock (www.ualr.edu)
Mathies will be compiling a large and diverse dataset of individual peacemakers, which will make advanced statistical analysis possible for the first time. The overarching goal of this project is to collect individual-level data from peacemakers in order to better understand peacemaker persistence and success. Mathies will be presenting her findings at the International Studies Association Conference in March of next year.
Emma McAuley (Chicago, Ill.)
Organization: The Field Museum (http://www.fieldmuseum.org/)
McAuley is working with the Field Museum to evaluate the Field Ambassador program, a professional development course for teachers at the Field Museum. She is examining the ways in which teachers continue to utilize the program after finishing their initial year-long commitment in order to help improve the experiences for the teachers. The purpose of the project is to develop an organizational framework that will help to improve the sustainability of the program as well as allow teachers to have more ownership over their experiences as Field Ambassadors.
Molly Miller (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Arkansas Community Health Workers Association (www.archwa.org)
Miller is working with ARCHWA to develop its organizational capacity to influence health care systems in Arkansas. By examining the current status of Arkansas’s CHW workforce as well as the training opportunities currently available to Arkansas CHWs, Miller will identify gaps in training that will be used to organize Regional Training Meetings for Arkansas CHWs. These meetings will focus on capacity building through sharing best practices and will empower Arkansas CHWs to take on a more prominent role in the Arkansas health care system.
Ashley-Brooke Moses (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Department of Human Services (Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support) (http://humanservices.
Moses is gathering best practices from high school service-learning programs across the state through interviews and focus groups with high school service-learning students, service-learning faculty members, and partnering community service sites. Data gathered from participants will be used to update service-learning program materials and ensure that necessary resources are available for high schools to implement service-learning programs as part of their academic curriculum. By updating materials and providing additional resources for schools, The Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support will support an effort to engage more high schools in service-learning participation.
Florence Mueni (Little Rock and Monticello, Ark.)
Organization: Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home and Family Services (www.veralloyd.org)
Florence is developing a best practice framework for transitional programs for youth aging out of foster care at Vera Lloyd. The framework will be used by Vera Lloyd to design specific services that will prepare youth in foster care for independent living.
Michelle Perez (Washington D.C.)
Organization: Vital Voices Global Partnership (www.vitalvoices.org)
Perez is conducting an evaluation of the global mentoring programs of Vital Voices Global Partnership to assess whether these are helping women leaders become more effective, specifically within The Global Ambassadors Program, The VVLead Fellowship and The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The mission of Vital Voices is to invest in women leaders who improve the world. Their work focuses on deep investments in high potential leaders to accelerate economic opportunity, expand political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Perez is a McLarty Global Fellow.
Shanell Ransom (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Organization: Wells Fargo Regional Foundation/ Community Development Corporation (https://www.wellsfargo.com/
Ransom is working to create and implement a documentation system for the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation/Community Development Corporation: Neighborhood Grants Program National Pilot. The documentation system will be used as a progress log to note successes, deficiencies, and identify processes to change when replicating the program. This project will highlight best practices and recommendations for program expansion and inform future decisions for permanent programs in Seattle, Washington, Houston, Texas, and Baltimore, Maryland.
Maddy Salzman (Washington, DC)
Organization: U.S. Department of Energy (http://energy.gov/eere/
Salzman is working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technology Office on its Home Energy Score program, which helps homebuyers understand how much energy a home is expected to use and provides suggestions for improving energy efficiency. Salzman’s project focuses on identifying capacity for program growth and developing a program sustainability plan.
Kat Short (Manila, Philippines)
Organization: Community and Family Services International (http://www.cfsi.ph/)
Short is conducting a summative participatory monitoring and evaluation of a Typhoon Haiyan-focused livelihood recovery project. By monitoring livelihood projects and conducting focus groups with beneficiaries, Short will address issues and recommendations, as well as provide an analysis of successful projects. The report will be used by Community and Family Services International (CFSI) to steer future livelihood projects in order to empower beneficiaries in rebuilding their lives and wellbeing.
Dustin Smith (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
Organization: Barefoot College (www.barefootcollege.org)
Smith is piloting a monitoring and evaluation toolkit for Barefoot College’s Barefoot Solar Initiative in rural communities of Kenya and Tanzania, which will be standardized at the organization. The Barefoot Solar Initiative teaches women from rural communities how to build, install, and maintain home solar electrification systems. Data collected with this toolkit will be used to demonstrate the impact of the Barefoot Solar Initiative to current and future partners and to improve the community electrification process.
Becky Twamley (St. Paul, Minn.)
Organization: Twin Cities Mobile Market/ Wilder Foundation (http://www.wilder.org/
Twamley is interviewing customers of the Twin Cities Mobile Market to assess how access to healthy food choices influence eating habits and what interventions are likely to improve nutrition and overall health. She will also survey health care professionals at a neighborhood clinic about their role in influencing nutrition and food choice of their clients. The data collected will set the groundwork for future research linking access to healthy food and health outcomes.
Nathan Watson (Little Rock, Ark.)
Organization: Arkansas Good Roads Foundation (www.argoodroads.com)
Watson is conducting an economic impact assessment to measure the economic impact road development has caused in Arkansas. By analyzing data such as sales tax, industry reports, and employment statistics, Watson will identify any economic change due to road development in the state. This impact assessment will help inform the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation as they create a strategic plan to leverage Arkansas’s transportation systems for economic growth.