Bending the Curve: Innovative Appraoches to Controlling Health Care Costs

November 2013

Healthcare costs in the United States are higher than in any other industrialized nation and have grown at a much faster rate. As the historical rate of growth is not sustainable, change is necessary. But what approaches can we take to slow the growth without compromising our population’s health?

There is no one simple answer and no single field of study that can solve this complex problem. How can we utilize medical records to provide a better quality of care while at the same time lowering the cost of care? What can communities do to improve the health of their members? How do we evaluate whether wellness programs work? Can payors increase the quality of care for patients by creating medical homes? || Learn more

Third Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

Third Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research SymposiumAugust 2013

Educating the next generation of researchers and leaders is an endeavor that is increasingly important as the world becomes more complex. Giving undergraduate students the experience of the research process is a valuable practice that will yield dividends for society in the years to come.

Sponsored jointly by the Geisinger Center for Health Research, and Bloomsburg and Bucknell Universities. the annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposiumt is an opportunity for students in central Pennsylvania to showcase their research activities, to learn about other methods and disciplines, and to gain the experience of presenting at a professional conference.  || Learn More

The Affordable Care Act & The Future of the American Healthcare System 

The Fourth Annual Fasano Memorial Lecture

April 2, 2013 || Event Poster

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of Medical Ethics and health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania

Join us as Dr. Emanuel describes the pressing need for healthcare reform, the key innovations in the Affordable Care Act and how they are likely to impact the actual delivery of care.

From February 2009 to January 2011, Dr. Emanuel was a special advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Known as one of the "power brothers," Dr. Emanuel is the older brother of Rahm, mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff, and Ari, Hollywood superagent.

* sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital, The Family Practice Center, P.C., and the family, friends and colleagues of Charles P. Fasano, DO

Election 2012: Who Voted How and Why? A Panel Discussion

November 14, 2012 || Event Poster

A panel including experienced national political pollsters moderated by Professor Magee in Economics and Professor Ellis in Political Science.

ED GOEAS, President and C.E.O. of The Tarrance Group, a prominent Republican survey research and strategy team. Mr. Goeas has advised the McCain Presidential campaign and has also worked with a number of key Senate, House, and gubernatorial races in 2010. Goeas also works in partnership with Democratic pollster Celinda Lake on the nationally recognized "Battleground Poll." Mr. Goeas regularly appears on national public affairs programs, including: "Meet the Press," "This Week," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "The News Hour," FOX News, C-Span and CNN.

KARL AGNE, founding partner of GBA Strategies, which has conducted research for political campaigns at every level, including congressional and gubernatorial contests, as well as directing national research and message development for the Gore-Lieberman campaign. Agne's analysis and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, and NPR; in progressive blogs including "DailyKos," "TPMCafe," and "The Democratic Strategist;" and in numerous print outlets, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, Business Week, The Nation, American Prospect, and The Boston Globe.

What a Waste: Why We Waste So Much Food and What You Can Do About It

September 17, 2012

Jonathan Bloom is a journalist and food waste expert. His book, American Wasteland. was published by Da Capo Press in October 2010 and he writes the blog Wasted Food. An accomplished eater and mediocre composter, he has covered both serious and quirky topics, related to food and the environment. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, among others. The Boston native now lives in Dureham, North Carolina, with his family and many, many containers for leftovers.

* sponsored by OVW Hawkins and the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy

Big Government, Small Government and the Grand Pursuit of Economic Thinkers

April 25, 2012 || Event poster

Sylvia Nasar, John S. and James. L Knight Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and author of A Beautiful Mind and The Grand Pursuit, will give a talk titled, "Big Government, Small Government and the Grand Pursuit of Economic Thinkers"

The co-sponsors for Sylvia Nasar are: The O.V.W. Hawkins Lectureship Fund and University Lectureship Committee.

Economic and Legal Issues for Marcellus Shale

April 9, 2012

Will drilling in the Marcellus Shale bring long-term economic opportunities to the region to compensate for some of the short-term dislocations? What are the legal implications of drilling leases? Should Pennsylvania impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling operations instead of the impact fee?

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy and the Bucknell University Environmental Center will sponsor a panel discussion on the economic, community, and legal implications of the Marcellus Shale boom in Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

  • Timothy W. Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University
  • Tom Kinnaman, Professor of Economics, Bucknell
  • John Carroll, Attorney at Law, Pepper Hamilton LLP

The Pill, The Pope and Policy

April 12, 2012

Professors Amy Wolaver (Bucknell Institute for Public Policy), Chipper Dean (Psychology) and Deb Abowitz (Sociology) will discuss the current controversy over the national mandate that insurance policies must cover contraceptive services, including insurance plans offered to employees of religious-affiliated institutions, including hospitals and universities connected to the Catholic Church, which opposes the use of contraception on religious grounds. In the wake of the controversy, some pundits and politicians have made statements that are consistent with supporting a ban on birth control.

What are the social constructs around contraception inside and outside of marriage? Does access to contraception increase rates of sexual activity? How do partners decide whether to use contraception? What is the policy change that ignited the controversy?

Co-sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Athena, Residential Education and the Women's Resource Center.

"Whither International Cooperation? Optimism and Lessons from Trade Policy: A Scholar-Practitioner's View"

March 26, 2012 || Event poster

Dr. Chad Bown, Bucknell alum '94, a Senior Economist at the World Bank and former Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment, Council of Economic Advisers and Brookings Fellow will share his perspectives on the current global economy and the future of international trade policy.

"Changing Minds: Winning on Facebook and Beyond"

February 22, 2012 || Event poster

Robin Roberts, President & Co-Founder of National Media, Inc., & Brad Engle, Digital Strategist for Purple Strategies will give a talk on how institutions and issue campaigns should and should not use social media.

Roberts is recognized as one of America's most experienced political/issue advocacy media planning and placement professionals. He was selected in 1998 as a Washington, D.C., finalist as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young. The parent of a Bucknell student, Roberts also serves as advisory board chair for the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

Engle works with Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits to develop and execute digital engagement strategies for branding, public affairs, and issue advocacy campaigns.

Related News: Bucknell to host social media talk.

Public Service Week Alumni Talk:
"Health Care Reform...Where Are We Now? A grunt on the front lines perspective"

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Alumnus and parent Dr. David Janda '80 P '10,'13 will share his perspective on health care reform.

"Til Debt do us Part"
The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Politics and Economic Policy

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chris Ellis, Political Science
John Enyeart, History
Greg Krohn, Economics
Scott Meinke, Political Science
Nancy White, Economics
Amy Wolaver, Economics

During spring and summer 2011, the Congress and the President were embroiled in an intense debate over raising the federal debt ceiling and reducing future budget deficits. Why does the Congress require separate votes on spending, taxation, and on the debt ceiling? How have these issues been viewed historically? What does the American public think of the debt ceiling debate, and to what extent do the policy decisions reflect the views of citizens? What are the causes of the rising debt and large budget deficits? In particular, how do tax policy, the economic recession, demographic changes, and health care costs factor into the deficit problem? Will the agreement to raise the debt ceiling and reduce future deficits solve the problem?

These and other questions will be addressed by a panel of faculty members of Bucknell University. Our intent is to inform the audience about some political, historical, and economic perspectives on the federal debt ceiling and budget policy. The panel will present some remarks and then respond to questions from the audience. We invite all members of the campus community and general public to this panel discussion, and we especially encourage students to attend.

The Marcellus Shale: Development, Environment, and Community

Friday, April 16 through Saturday, April 17, 2010 || Event poster

A symposium discussing the Marcellus Shale including a review of the geological, geographical, and historical context of the Marcellus Shale and its contemporary characterization as a bridge to clean energy sources that are yet to be developed. Sessions will include exploration of environmental impacts, economic development, and social and community impact.

The symposium will present a special screening of the documentary film, "Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for Energy". Keynote speakers include John Hanger, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and John Quigley, Acting Pennsylvania Secretary Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNCR).

Watch Videos from the Marcellus Shale Symposium

Sponsored by Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy

The Jobless Recovery - Economic Causes, Social Effects and Political Responses

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The panel included Bucknell faculty - Greg Krohn, associate professor of economics; Scott Meinke, associate professor of political science; and Carl Milofsky, professor of sociology - as well as Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg; and Melodie Russell, Campbell Street Family Youth and Community Association in Williamsport.

Watch a Video of the Jobless Recovery panel discussions.

Sponsored by Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy

What the Ill?

A documentary film showing and panel discussion on money and the condition of health care, Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bill Moyers says of the film, "Money-Driven Medicine is one of the strongest documentaries I have seen in years and could not be more timely. The more people who see and talk about it, the more likely we are to get serious and true health care reform."

Moderated by Mark Lawrence (WKOK)

  • Seth Frazier, Geisinger Medical Center VP of Transformation
  • Dr. Walt McConnell, Physician, Bucknell University Alumnus and Executive Producer of featured documentary
  • Dr. Amy Wolaver, Healthcare expert, Bucknell University Associate Professor, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy

Presented by Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy, Office of Diversity & Equity and GlobeMed in partnership with Valley United Ways.

How to put out 50 fires at once: Where does President Obama's legislative agenda stand?

October 7, 2009

Nancy White from economics, Abe Feuerstein from education, Chris Ellis from political science, and Elizabeth Durden from sociology each provided an overview of some of the nation's most pressing policy issues including the economy, education, and immigration.

David Myers, Bucknell's chief of staff and former deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, introduced the panel and framed the presentations by discussing the pervasive and complex nature of public policy issues and the way in which the economy, institutional structures and political processes work together to shape policy.

Election Matters

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

How will the economy affect the Presidential Election? Will the U.S. fall over the fiscal cliff? What are the candidate's positions on immigration, healthcare, taxes, and the debt? What are the underlying economic and political realities behind the campaigns?

Join Professor Scott Meinke (Political Science), Professors Paula Kazi, Greg Krohn, Chris Magee, Nancy White and Amy Wolaver (Economics) for a panel discussion followed by question and answer for these and other related issues.

This event is free and open to the public.

*Sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy


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