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Four graduate students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Home Energy Affordability Loan (CCI-HEAL) program to explore the connection between baseline housing conditions, asthma prevalence, and related health care costs in Arkansas.
“The study, aimed at asthma-related health, draws connections to the state of housing in Arkansas,” said Ryan Boswell, Engagement Manager for CCI-HEAL. “Focused on a review of both healthy and energy-efficient homes, the report the team developed stresses the need for coordination between multiple stakeholders to ensure that Arkansas housing is promoting health in the state.”
Some of the project’s key findings in Arkansas:
Clinton School of Public Service students, Austin Harrison of Louisville, Miss., Georgia Genoway of Liberia, Coby MacMaster of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Maddy Salzman of Wellesley, Mass., examined secondary data and interviewed health and housing experts across Arkansas as part of their team-based, first-year Practicum project at the Clinton School.
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization which operates the Clinton Climate Initiative’s HEAL program. The Clinton Climate Initiative develops scalable projects that can be tailored to local conditions while also serving as innovative models for tackling global climate change. Specifically, HEAL is the first of a new breed of employer-sponsored “energy benefits” which bring energy efficiency and sustainable practices to the workplace.
More information is available at https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center/about/heal
After eight months of research, the Newport Economic Development Commission will reveal the much-anticipated Jackson County Community Alumni Network.
A central aspect of the Network is a database that contains contact information for Jackson County current and former residents. This Network will exist to connect current and former residents to their hometown, market economic opportunities, and help mobilize on legislation and development initiatives that affect the area.
“The Jackson County Community Alumni Network will allow us to reach out to people who love Newport and Jackson County and recruit them as part of the growth process leading to our bright future,” said Jon Chadwell, Executive Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission.
Helping the organization plan the project were University of Arkansas Clinton School students Joyce Akidi of Pader, Uganda, Charles Alex Lanis of Ada, OK, Shanell Ransom of Columbia, SC, and Jeremy Ratcliff of Raleigh, NC. The team researched database creation and management to design the Alumni Network for Jackson County. The team also collaborated with a committee of community leaders to constantly engage the voice of Jackson County.
Similar to many Delta towns, Jackson County experienced economic challenges in recent years and many people and businesses have left the city seeking communities that offer additional opportunities. The city has since recovered from the economic decline of the 1980s and 1990s, and now host’s very popular attractions such as Depot Days, PortFest, and the Delta Visual Art Show.
The intended impact of the Community Alumni Network is to eliminate economic stagnation by increasing economic development in Jackson County. The influence of this project is limitless but the desired effects are retaining residents. Population growth will lead to an increase in tax revenue, resulting in additional funding for the Newport Economic Development Commission initiatives, and countywide infrastructure development.
“The anticipated impact of the Alumni Network is huge. Anytime we can let people who care about our community know of the great opportunities happening today, they always want to get involved,” said Julie Allen, Executive Director of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. “It will bring a lot of resources and talent back to Newport, plus we will get reconnected with family and friends in new and exciting ways.”
The Network will be unveiled at a reception and public presentation on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5 pm. This will take place at the Newport Economic Development Commission, 201 Hazel Street, Newport, Arkansas.
About the Newport Economic Development Commission
The Newport Economic Development Commission (NEDC) was created in 2002 by a vote of the citizens of Newport and it is those citizens that we work for each day. The Strategic Plan of the NEDC includes job-creation incentives to new and existing manufacturers, investing in infrastructure improvements to benefit business development, offering the ever popular ReNewport Grants to retail businesses and much more.
More information about the Newport Economic Development Commission is available at www.newportaredc.org
Four students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service (UACS) have partnered with the University of Arkansas System to map and determine the broadband capacity of three communities around the state for online degree seeking students in Arkansas.
Clinton School students Jessica DeLoach Sabin of Little Rock, Ark., Kat Short of Hot Springs, Ark., Nathan Watson of Fayetteville, Ark., and Nouroudine Alassane of Bassila, Benin, conducted research in Helena-West Helena, Monticello, and Batesville. The findings of the study will serve to inform the continued development and launch of the UA System’s online university, eVersity.
“eVersity is a 100 percent-online university that will deliver high-quality, affordable, workplace-relevant degree programs intended for working adults. We plan to offer degrees in the areas of Business, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management and Information Technology,” said Dr. Michael Moore, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas System. “Ensuring access for students is a priority, that is why our project with the Clinton School is so important.”
In partnering with eVersity, students of the Clinton School hope to increase knowledge of internet resources available in cities throughout Arkansas so that all citizens can have access to resources necessary for online education.
This project is one of 12 to be completed by 45 Clinton School students across the state of Arkansas. These students are in their first semester of classes in the school’s Master of Public Service degree program.
About University of Arkansas System
The University of Arkansas System is a comprehensive, multi-campus, publicly aided institution dedicated to the improvement of the mind and spirit through the development and dissemination of knowledge. Founded in 1871 and headquartered in Little Rock, the UA System includes six universities, five community colleges, two law schools, one independent graduate school, and one advanced high school across the state.
More information about University of Arkansas System is available at http://www.uasys.edu/
The University of Arkansas System eVersity is a 100 percent-online university that will begin offering courses in October 2015. It will deliver high-quality, affordable, workplace-relevant degree programs intended for working adults.
More information about eVersity is available at: http://www.uasys.edu/2014/12/ua-system-faculty-to-come-together-to-develop-initial-eversity-curriculum/#sthash.t1sr2aKK.dpuf
Angela Toomer of Little Rock, Ark. completed her University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Capstone Project with Heifer International, conducting an impact evaluation of Heifer USA’s workplace Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model.
The workplace CSA offers Heifer employees the opportunity to purchase a weekly box of produce grown by smallholder Arkansas farmers. The CSA project is designed to provide rural farmers with access to consistent and profitable markets, while strengthening the local economy by keeping Arkansas food dollars within the state.
Using interviews and a survey, Toomer measured changes in employee diet during CSA participation and found that employees participating in the CSA ate more fruits and vegetables during the CSA season. Fruit and vegetable consumption increased from 1-2 servings per day before the CSA season to 3-4 servings per day during the CSA season. Employees also tended to cook at home more often, as opposed to, for example, eating out at restaurants, while receiving the CSA boxes weekly.
In addition, Toomer measured baseline health biometrics for the first year of the study to learn whether CSA participation was correlated with improved health. Using anonymous data collected by Heifer’s wellness company, Toomer analyzed Body Mass Index (BMI), LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels before and after the first year of the workplace CSA. Though health changes have not yet been found, these initial measurements will be useful for Heifer in continuing to monitor health changes related to CSA participation.
“I am really excited about the study results. It helps Heifer USA staff to continue to refine the workplace CSA model for farmer groups to replicate not only here in Arkansas but also across the country,” said Ben Wihebrink, director of operations at Heifer USA. “Securing markets is one of the hardest parts of being a small-scale farmer. Helping farmers secure workplace markets and make a change in community food consumption is a wonderful thing.”
It is crucial to find creative and effective solutions to widespread health problems in both Arkansas and the nation. According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, over half of Americans have one or more preventable diseases related to poor diet quality, such as obesity and heart disease. Companies and organizations can benefit from putting into place programs that make employees healthier and more productive. The results of this study suggest that workplaces should consider offering a CSA to employees alongside an effective wellness program.
About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Student Government Association would like to invite you to a Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of the students of Garissa University College.
The vigil will take place this Friday, April 17th, at 7PM at the Clinton School, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Jennifer Guzman will be working with the Human Rights Program Team on an evaluative research project to help Vital Voices learn more about the effectiveness of their “Institute Model” for training. Institutes bring together actors from across the criminal justice and service-provider communities of their countries to build a framework for coordinated response to these crimes and to improve victim services. The project will also look into how the Institute Model supports women leaders working to address gender-based violence in their countries.
Michelle Perez will be working with the Global Programs on an evaluative research project that will help Vital Voices learn more about the effectiveness of different types of mentoring programs, mainly for women in business.
The fellowship will begin in early September and continue through the Fall. It will take place in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall (1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201)
About our bell: Originally on “The Eagle,” a train that ran from St. Louis, Mo. to Mexico City, the bell was later displayed in the Missouri Pacific Station in Little Rock. After the restaurant in the Missouri Pacific Station closed, the bell was acquired by private owners and then later donated to the Clinton School of Public Service.
For more information and to see a full list of participants, visit http://www.
As part of his coursework, Brad Cameron from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service worked alongside Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT) to create a video-led teacher-training program to improve teachers’ classroom-based skills in Southwest Uganda.
Cameron of Conway, Ark., assessed a video-led teacher-training program over the summer and collaborated with videographers to improve the quality and accessibility of these videos. His work involved planning revisions to existing video footage, developing tools to continuously assess whether videos improve teachers’ skills, and creating a plan for providing ongoing support to teachers.
More than two million qualified teachers are needed to adequately teach children around the world, according to an UNESCO report. This need is especially pronounced in schools serving rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, where teachers have limited access to resources and few professional training opportunities. This video-led training program addresses this need by providing professional training and bringing teachers together to improve their efficacy in the classroom.
LRTT is leveraging the creativity, ingenuity, and dedication of teachers within Southwest Uganda and is providing them with a common language to improve their skills based on educational research. The organization provides training videos via battery-powered micro-projectors.
“At LRTT, we are committed to a future where every child receives a great education regardless of the context they are born into,” said Simon Graffy, founder and director of LRTT. “We meet this challenge head-on by leading transformational teacher-training projects in areas where such training is scarce.”
Cameron is in his second year of classes in the school’s Master of Public Service degree program. He completed this project as part of the degree program’s curricular requirements.
About Limited Resource Teacher Training
LRTT provides low-cost, high-quality teacher-training programs. They have provided 1,235 training sessions to teachers in 6 countries. LRTT employs a growing network of contributing teacher Fellows from the UK and US that has grown to include 130 teachers contributing a minimum of one month working with teachers around the world.
More information about Limited Resource Teacher Training is available at www.lrtt.org.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service invites non-profits, government agencies, businesses, foundations or other organizations working on issues of social change to submit ideas for field projects to be accomplished during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Clinton School students are working towards their Masters of Public Service degrees. In their field projects, they apply what they are learning in the classroom to real public service projects.
The Clinton School is currently accepting proposals for Practicum and Capstone field projects.
Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and accomplished by small teams of students from September 2015 through May 2016. Applications for Practicum projects are due on April 11, 2015.
Individual students select Capstone projects based on their career goals. Students devote over 250 hours to implementing their Capstones, which begin at different times of the year depending on student course schedules. Proposals for Capstone projects are accepted on a rolling basis through August 2015.
In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, the projects allow Clinton School students to add value to the organizations they partner with.
The school seeks field projects that meet an identified need of an organization or group of people. This allows for work to be accomplished that is beneficial to both the community and the student.
“Over the past six years our work with the students and faculty of the Clinton School of Public Service has been a great benefit to Newport and Jackson County,” said Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission. “The projects have helped our community provide better opportunities for our citizens and have allowed the students from the Clinton School to gain experience that will help them transform other communities in the future. It is one of the most mutually rewarding activities that we have undertaken for our town.”
Clinton School field projects include work such as:
• Facilitating discussions on social issues
• Conducting needs assessments to study a problem and determine a plan to implement solutions
• Identifying and developing community/organization assets
• Designing and implementing surveys to collect information about a problem
• Building or strengthening partnerships, coalitions and/or teams
• Conducting interviews and focus groups
• Mobilizing people to take action on social issues
• Researching best practices
“The students, the partner organizations, and the community have all benefited from the field service projects,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We encourage interested organizations to submit proposals to work with us next year.”
Organizations interested in partnering with the Clinton School can submit a proposal online at: http://clintonschool.uasys.edu/academics/field-service-program/apply-to-be-a-field-service-partner/.
To obtain additional information about the application process, contact the Assistant of Field Service Education, Hilary Trudell, at email@example.com or 501-683-5200.