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Kerry and Gingrich tackle global warming at Brademas Center debate

Kerry and Gingrich tackle global warming at Brademas Center debate

A major forum sponsored by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU Wagner brought together Senator John Kerry and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on April 10, 2007, in Washington, D.C. to debate global climate change and how Congress should tackle the issue.

Kerry and Gingrich discussed the role of government and the marketplace before an overflow crowd of more than 250 people in the Russell Senate Office Building. Journalists from about 50 media outlets -- from C-SPAN to the Washington Post, and from the Weather Channel to The New Republic -- covered the two-hour discussion.

NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall offered introductory remarks, noting the event is part of a continuing series of forums organized by Wagner Professor Paul Light that examines how Congress can work to resolve not only issues of the day, but also critically important issues of the future.

Additionally, NYU President Emeritus John Brademas, who is a distinguished former member of Congress, welcomed the participants, while Professor Light served as the moderator.

The Associated Press began its dispatch on the event this way:

Climate change is heating the earth and also warming relations between Democrat John Kerry and Republican Newt Gingrich.

Kerry, a past presidential candidate, debated Gingrich, a potential one, in a friendly exchange Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Then the two argued for nearly two hours about whether the government should cap emissions of greenhouse gases or whether tax breaks will encourage businesses to do so.

The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress is housed at NYU Wagner, where it seeks to advance the understanding of Congress its powers, processes and political character among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public.

Keystone Fellowship on Leadership Selects 18 Fellows

Keystone Fellowship on Leadership Selects 18 Fellows

Sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York, the COJECO Keystone Fellowship is a new leadership development program grounded in a partnership between COJECO — the central coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York — and NYU Wagner.

Now, the Keystone Fellowship has announced an inaugural, 18-person cohort of Fellows, representing diverse Jewish activists and the broad array of organizations and affiliations across the Jewish community of New York.

Starting in January, 2015, these outstanding Fellows will have the opportunity to study issues of institutional governance, fiduciary responsibilities, and leadership learning. The year-long Keystone Fellowship will also include an intensive, three-day retreat,  fifteen group sessions, and a weeklong, immersive learning experience in Israel.

NYU Wagner will award the participants an executive graduate certificate upon their successful completion of the Fellowship program.

"In the Jewish world, there is a pressing need for well-trained and thoughtful volunteer leaders to steer our organizations, from synagogues to schools, to those providing social welfare and culture, to those engaging in political action and social justice," said David Elcott, NYU Wagner's Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership, and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in Jewish Studies. "As the demands and pressures facing Jewish agencies and organizations increase, supporting further advancement of mid-level leader becomes even more urgent."

Details on the Keystone Fellowship  and a list of the new Fellows are available at COJECO.


Kovner-Behrman Health Forum Focuses on Coordination of Cancer Care

Kovner-Behrman Health Forum Focuses on Coordination of Cancer Care

Established by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner in 1996, the annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum focused on “Coordination of Cancer Care: The Patient Perspective” on April 20, with a discussion featuring Associate Professor Ingrid M. Nembhard of the School of Public Health and the School of Public Management at Yale and Ethan Basch, an oncologist and Director of Cancer Outcomes Research at the University of North Carolina.

Sherry Glied, Dean of NYU Wagner, offered words of welcome, while Professor Kovner set the tone with emotional remarks. Speaking to more than 100 attendees, he recalled his parents’ and brother’s struggle with cancer, and emphasized the life-and-death importance of the evening’s topic for so many, from the standpoint of cancer patients and their loved ones in particular.

The featured guests illuminated the challenging, evolving world of coordinated care in cancer treatment, citing growing interest among healthcare organizations and medical providers in new approaches.

They described pioneering innovations, such as: nurse navigators who help individuals with cancer to coordinate their  treatment; computer tablets for gathering and  sharing knowledge about a patient's diagnosis  and progress across all of his or her caretakers;  performance-based bonus payments for hospitals  that streamline costs through intensive care  coordination and management; and relational  skills building exercises to foster a greater degree  of mutual respect and communication between the patient and providers.

Many of these approaches still require additional study and development, while others are already in use, though not uniformly. The challenge will be to demonstrate their value and bring the most promising ones to scale. The 19th annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum, in focusing on the issue of care coordination, marked an important step in this direction.

“The current model of care delivery does not have the patient at its center,” lamented Dr. Basch. But he, and Professor Nembhard, both described a rising level of interest in care coordination, notable instances of success around the country, and even, as Basch put it, a nascent “cultural change to bring the patient to the center of care.”


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