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Global Research Institute names Natasha Iskander as Research Fellow

Global Research Institute names Natasha Iskander as Research Fellow

Natasha Iskander, assistant professor of public policy at NYU Wagner, has been named a research fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Professor Iskander conducts research on labor migration and its relationship to economic development, labor mobilization, and processes of institutional innovation and organizational learning. She recently authored Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development in Morocco and Mexico (Cornell University Press: 2010), which examines how nations' governments elaborated policies to build a link between labor emigration and local economic development.

There are six 2011-'12 Global Research Institute fellows, the second cohort to receive research support from the Institute. The focus this year is the theme of immigration. The fellows' work contributes to the development of policy recommendations designed to keep North Carolina competitive on a national and global level.

 

GovLoop/NASPAA Scholarship Competition - Part II

GovLoop/NASPAA Scholarship Competition - Part II

Brian Footer

NYU Wagner has not just one, but two finalists in the national Public Service Scholarship essay-writing competition sponsored by the GovLoop social network for government and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He's Brian Footer, who is working toward an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in Financial Management.

Way to go, Brian!

Brian is one of 15 finalists. His essay was chosen from more than 170 submissions by judges from GovLoop and NASPAA. In the next and last phase of the competition, the three winning pieces on how to prioritize federal sending in fiscally constrained times will be picked by the GovLoop network of more than 50,000 members in an online vote, and will be eligible for a scholarship award of as much as $2,500.

"If the U.S. government had only $100 million left in the budget," Brian's thoughtful and well crafted submission begins, "I would begin devising a grant program to direct money to local governments in the pursuit of assisting the most fragile and disenfranchised populations. I believe government's inherent social value is establishing services essential to provide basic human needs. This, however, is not a mandate for government to deliver services. Rather, government should be a coordinator of parties and resources, and no one understands the unique demands of each geographic community better than local government."

The piece goes on to explain how the locally guided grant process would work.

Brian's own career as a passionate public servant is more than 10 years in the making.

He moved to New York City to work on Christine C. Quinn's successful campaign for re-election as City Council Speaker, and later served as the Speaker's Scheduler. Prior to arriving in the city, he lived in Washington, D.C., and worked on Capitol Hill, for the Democratic Governors Association as a fund raiser, and for the US Tax Court as a Clerk.

He is now a Legislative Policy Analyst to the New York City Council's Committee on Aging and Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Brian volunteers his time at the Abzyme Research Foundation, helping to advocate for development of abzyme technology in hopes of producing the world's first effective HIV vaccine and improved treatments. After two years of effort and dedication toward developing a small-donor program, Brian is a member of the Board of Directors.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Prelaw from Ohio University.

 

Health Finance Certificate

Advanced Professional Certificate in Health Finance

This graduate-level certificate offers knowledge and skills for financial managers in healthcare organizations. This certificate will allow you to conduct financial analysis, understand issues of budgeting, cost determination, pricing and rate setting in a healthcare environment. It also provides a solid understanding of the economic principles in the context of the field of health care.

Students must complete 16 credits to obtain this Certificate (courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted).

Required Courses:

Students must complete or waive the following courses:

  • CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
  • CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
  • CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

Electives:

Students can choose electives from the following list of courses:

  • HPAM-GP 4840 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations I: Financial Management and Budgeting
  • HPAM-GP 4841 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations II: Capital Financing and Advanced Issues
  • HPAM-GP 4830 Health Economics: Principles
  • HPAM-GP 2845 Advanced Health Care Payment Systems
  • PADM-GP 4142 Tools for Managing Nonprofits: Compliance, Internal Control, Ethics
  • HPAM-GP 2855 Budgeting for Health Professionals

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In Review: 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Delivery in the United States'

In Review: 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Delivery in the United States'

" 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States' is one of the best-known and longest-standing (first edition, 1977) compendiums on the unique problems of US health care policy. And with good reason -- like other grand textbooks such as Harrison's for internal medicine, Guyton's for psychology, or Robbins' for pathology, this text authoritatively demonstrates the breadth and depth of current foundational knowledge of its field."

So begins a complimentary Journal of the American Medical Association online review of the now classic textbook (New York: Springer, 2008, 9th ed.) edited by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner and Wagner alumnus James R. Knickman. The book has sold has sold more than 300,000 copies since its publication in 1977.

"[D]espite the considerable expertise presented," according to the review written by S. Ryan Greysen, MD, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University, "the text remains approachable for professionals in health care delivery or policy, whether novices or masters in the field."

To read the review, click below.

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