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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Panel and BBQ on June 29: How Does National Health Policy Affect Local Hospitals?

*** PROGRAM UPDATE:  A couple of updates to today's event - due to the threat of rain, the event will be held in the rain location -- Hinman Forum (atrium area) of the Rockefeller Center.  Also, Ms. Formella will not be able to join us for the event. Tina Naimie, Vice President of Corporate Finance for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, will take her place on the panel.  Stinsons BBQ still available at 5 PM in the Rocky Overhang area near the Center's front entrance. ***

The 2010-2011 First-Year Fellows and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth are pleased to present the following panel and BBQ to kick off summer programming.  We hope that you can join us!

BBQ Dinner by Stinson's available at 5 PM - Panel to begin at 5:15 PM
Gold Coast Lawn on the Dartmouth College campus
Gold Coast Lawn is located off of Tuck Dr in front of Gold Coast Hall - access Tuck Dr from North Main St.
  (Rain Location: Hinman Forum, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth)

With the recent passage and subsequent debates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and rising concerns over Medicare and Medicaid, national policy has an increasingly significant impact on how local hospitals administer care and how states must coordinate costs and policies. What happens to administrative costs with current mandates? What is good about the recent health care insurance reform and what still needs to be done? What is the role of states and what should it be? How are municipalities and communities of real people affected by these policies?

The panel of Upper Valley experts will discuss the implications of national health care policies on states, hospitals, and communities. Co-President of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Nancy Formella, President of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Michael Harris '72, and New Hampshire State Senator Matthew Houde '91 will answer questions after their remarks on the panel.

The Panel:
Nancy Formella, MSN, RN: Nancy Formella currently serves as a co-president of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She received her BSN from the University of Iowa and a MSN from Marquette University, and has taken additional graduate-level courses at Marquette University and the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to New Hampshire, she worked in various capacities in the Mayo Health System in Minnesota. Nancy Formella joined DHMC in 1999 and was appointed president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 2007 and has received several awards for nursing leadership and administration. 

Michael Harris, Ph.D: Michael Harris recently served as Dartmouth College's Director of the Teacher Education and will be serving as the superintendent in Lyme. He is a Dartmouth '72 with a Ph.D. in education from University of New Hampshire. Not only has he served as a special education teacher and superintendent of Lebanon schools, but also serves as president for the board of trustees for Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Matthew Houde, NH State Senator: Matthew Houde graduated from Hanover High School and Dartmouth College (Class of 1991). Since graduating from the University of Connecticut Law School, he has practiced law in both Connecticut and New Hampshire. He currently serves as Associate Director of Career Services at Vermont Law School and has served as a member of the Board of the Centering Healthcare Institute. He is the District 5 representative and Democratic whip in the New Hampshire state senate.

Tina Naimie is the Vice President of Corporate Finance for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  She started at D-H in February of 2011.  Prior to coming to D-H, Tina was the Chief Financial Officer at New London Hospital, New London, New Hampshire from 1995 to 2011.  At New London, Tina was responsible for finance, information systems, materials management, revenue cycle (billing, collection, registration, coding & transcription), decision support, risk management and corporate compliance.  Tina previously worked for Ernst & Young as a CPA in its Orlando, Florida and Manchester, New Hampshire offices providing audit and consulting services to healthcare and not for profit clients.  She is currently the chair of the board for Turning Points Network in Sullivan County.  She is a past president and Fellow of the New Hampshire/Vermont Healthcare Financial Management Association.   Tina received a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.   She currently resides in Bow, New Hampshire with her husband and two children.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Leading Voices in Politics and Policy: Judd Gregg

Students in Public Policy 20: Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy, this summer have a great opportunity to discuss important issues in American politics and public policy with leaders in the field.

In addition to the classroom visits and the public lectures, students also have a chance meet the guest speakers outside of those venues. This photo is from a student lunch with the kickoff speaker, former NH Senator Judd Gregg.

Via Flickr:
Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) (pictured) opened up the 2011 summer lecture series, "Leading Voices in Politics and Policy."

Before his lecture, Gregg had lunch with students enrolled in the integrated Public Policy 20 course. (seated l-r) Brendan Woods '13, Lawrence Anfo-Whyte '13, Gregg, Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics Bruce Sacerdote and (top l-r) Sean Zhang '13, Brendan Woods '13, Associate Professor of Government Deborah Brooks, Stephen Smith '13, Patrick Healy '13, Michael Sanchez'13. After lunch, Gregg spoke to the rest of the class of 45 students.

For more information on the public lecture series and course visit Dartmouth Now

(photo: Joseph Mehling)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Judd Gregg, Tim Geithner Open Dartmouth Politics and Policy Summer Lecture Series This Week

We hope that you will be taking advantage of the American Policy and Politics experts that will be participating the "Leading Voices in Politics and Policy" lecture series this summer.  The series begins this week with talks by Judd Gregg and Tim Geithner.

Judd Gregg, a former Republican U.S. senator and congressman, representing New Hampshire, who also served two terms as governor of New Hampshire, and has dedicated more than three decades of his life to public service will start the lecture series. Watch the lecture live on Dartmouth's YouTube channel Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ET or in person at Moore Theatre in the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Tim Geithner ’83, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; will give his lecture on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 4 p.m., at the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium. If you are off-campus, you can also watch the lecture broadcast live on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.

Share the lecture series information with your friends, and stay tuned to our Rockefeller Center blog and facebook page for some exclusive, behind the scenes content and reaction from students enrolled in Public Policy 20 - the summer term course that anchors the "Leading Voices in Politics and Policy" lecture series.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 Senior Class Marshals include Four Rocky Leadership Fellows

Congrats to Rockerfeller Leadership Fellows from the Class of 2011 -- Joe Coleman, Emily Broas, Sarah Frostenson, Chris Han -- and the other Dartmouth students that have been selected to be 2011 Class Marshals.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

PRS Students Testify Before Claremont, NH Committee

On the evening of May 24, 2011 four Dartmouth students from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Claremont, New Hampshire to present and discuss their research into methods for conducting an inventory of residential properties in Claremont. Travis Blalock '12, Kelsey Clark '11, Austin Major '14, and Eric Yang '14 met with Claremont's "City Center Project" Steering Committee, several town officials, and interested citizens during the monthly meeting of  the Steering Committee.

Rockefeller Center PRS students, Travis Blalock '12, Kelsey Clark '11, Austin Major '14, and Eric Yang '14, testify before Claremont's "City Center Project" Steering Committee on May 24, 2011.

The housing stock survey is the first stage in the project which is  funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The students discussed survey methodology in general, and other cities' efforts to inventory housing stock. They provided Claremont officials with a range of options for collecting external and internal information about each property, as well as information about the owners and residents. These options ranged from quick and inexpensive assessments to more detailed methods requiring additional time, money, and expertise. The students' presentation led to an extended discussion about methods which would best fit Claremont's goals and constraints.


The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Leading Voices in Politics and Policy - Summer 2011 Lecture Series

As recently announced, Dartmouth will host several notable American Politics and Policy experts as part of the new public policy course, "Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy," during the Summer 2011 academic term.  Guest speakers in this course will also be giving a lecture which will be open to the public.

In the Dartmouth Now announcement, President Kim said that the lecture series “will provide an opportunity for students and members of the larger community to share a common intellectual experience.”  We hope that you will join us for these public lectures.

Both the public lectures and the PBPL 20 course will address major topics shaping current policy and political debates at the national level. These issues include the federal deficit, health care reform, the public education system, financial bailouts, and partisan politics.  You can review the list of speakers below, add them to your calendar directly (from the Rockefeller Center Google Calendar), or invite others to the lectures via Facebook events.

The current list of public lectures can be found online.  All public lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m., locations to be announced.  Confirmed speakers, as of June 1, 2011 include:

PRS Students Testify Before New Hampshire Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee

On May 24, 2011, three Dartmouth student researchers from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Concord to testify before the Health, Human  Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catie Burkhard '11, Karen Doster '11, and Hope McIntyre '11, presented their PRS report, "Shared Decision Making: Background Information and Policy Options for New Hampshire," that describes, summarizes, and analyzes shared decision making in doctor-patient relationships.

Rockefeller Center PRS students, Catie Burkhard '11, Karen Doster '11, and Hope McIntyre '11, testify before the New Hampshire Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee on May 24, 2011.

Shared decision making is a two-way discussion between doctors and patients which informs patients about their options and informs doctors about patients' preferences in situations without one clear best course of action. It is a broader and deeper conversation than "informed consent" and appears to lead to increases in patient satisfaction and reductions in procedures.  The students described how shared decision making works, summarized the current academic research, and identified implementation challenges. They also described a number of potential policy options comprising varying levels of government involvement which could lead to increased use of shared decision making.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.