1. Wolverine Caucus: Taking the Pulse of Local Government Leaders on Fiscal Health: Slow Recovery From the Great Recession Poses Concerns About the Future

    Mark Rivett posted February 11, 2020

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
    5th floor, room 5550, 201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) has been tracking Michigan local government fiscal health since it was launched near the end of the Great Recession in 2009. This presentation will highlight long term fundamental trends identified in the surveys, including a slow and halting recovery since the Recession, along with local leaders’ concerns about the future. The MPPS is conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League, and Michigan Townships Association. It is the nation’s only census-style survey of every unit of general purpose local government across an entire state, and routinely receives responses from more than 70% of Michigan’s local governments..

    Tom Ivacko, Interim Director of CLOSUP

    Tom Ivacko joined CLOSUP at its founding in the fall of 2001 and currently serves as interim director of the Center. He also oversees the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program and has been a co-author on more than 75 MPPS publications covering a wide range of state and local government policy topics. He previously served as study manager, program manager and administrator for 11 years with the American National Election Studies at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Outside of work, Tom serves as a board member and past president of a nature area non-profit organization that focuses on stewardship and elementary school environmental educational opportunities in Ann Arbor, MI. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Michigan.

    Debra Horner, Project Manager of CLOSUP

    Debra Horner is a project manager in U-M’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) where she helps run the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program, an ongoing annual survey of local government officials across the state. In addition, she directs the undergraduate internship program for U-M’s Political Science Department and periodically teaches a course on Michigan politics and policy at the Ford School. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan and has experience with survey research projects both in academia and in the private sector. Debra’s primary areas of research focus on individuals’ political attitudes and political participation, as well as policymaking at the state and local levels in Michigan.


  2. Wolverine Caucus: Child and Family Public Policy – How Can Data and Data Science Help?

    Mark Rivett posted January 13, 2020

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
    5th floor, room 5550, 201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    There are major challenges facing child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the United States. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, there are over 430,000 children in foster care. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), there were approximately 850,000 juvenile arrests and 45,000 juvenile offenders living in residential placements in 2016. Complex family issues, including poverty, unemployment, mental health and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs interfere with important measures of child safety, family stability and the interruption of offending trajectories.

    The Child and Adolescent Data Lab began in 2015, with a mission to harness the power of data to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents and their families.

    Joseph P. Ryan

    Joseph P. Ryan

    Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, ISR

    Joe Ryan’s research and teaching build upon his direct practice experiences with child welfare and juvenile justice populations. Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in the field. He is currently involved with several studies including a foster care placement prevention study for young children in Michigan (MI Family Demonstration), a study of the educational experiences of youth in foster care (Kellogg Foundation Education and Equity), a randomized clinical trial of recovery coaches for substance abusing parents in Illinois (AODA Demonstration), and a Pay for Success (social impact bonds) study focused on high risk adolescents involved with the Illinois child welfare and juvenile justice system.


  3. Wolverine Caucus: Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

    Mark Rivett posted July 31, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    It is widely known that diabetes is among the leading causes of death In the United States. And the American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $347 billion in 2017. The financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes continues to increase.

    In this era of medical breakthroughs, new research suggests that those who have developed type 2 diabetes may actually be able to reverse the disease with weight loss, diet changes and exercise! Over the last 20 years, researchers have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of dietary fats and carbohydrates in the development of diabetes. New lower cost technologies that provide users easy and accurate continuous glucose monitoring is dramatically changing the way type 2 diabetes is managed, and this bodes well for future prevention of this disease. Please join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Caroline Richardson as she provides us insightful research on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson; Associate Chair for Research Programs

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson is professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a health services and implementation researcher with a focus on incorporating physical activity promotion into primary care clinical practice for individuals with chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary artery disease, COPD and back pain. Until May 2015, Dr. Richardson was director of the VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center that coordinates implementation research related to diabetes care and diabetes prevention nationally at the VA. Dr. Richardson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1994. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001.


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