UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

May

May 02, 2013
By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student Writer You constantly hear of the major challenges plaguing the current U.S. healthcare system. But what you often don’t hear are the innovative strides underway to propel the country towards sustainable and improved patient-centered care. Andrea Sorensen, a 2012 Public Policy graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is amidst this world of change.
May 01, 2013
As part of an evaluation team led by Westat, Inc., Social Welfare professor Laura Abrams has been awarded a three-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to evaluate their transition age foster youth strategy. The grant, in partnership with Westat and Hunter College, will allow Abrams to study youth transitioning out of foster care in Los Angeles and New York City. There are three key components to Abrams’ upcoming work, as illustrated in the Hilton Foundation program strategy:

April

April 30, 2013
By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student Writer How is a military man supposed to assimilate back into society following a traumatic experience abroad? UCLA senior Andrew Nicholls served eight years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Iraq, providing him with a unique perspective on the subject.
April 30, 2013
Social Welfare professor Dr. Lené Levy-Storms has received a grant from the Archstone Foundation to conduct a study titled: "Creating Caring Connections: An Interdisciplinary Intervention to Reduce Intergenerational and Intercultural Barriers to Communication among Caregivers for Persons with Dementia in Nursing Homes."
April 25, 2013
By Ruby BolariaUCLA Luskin Student Writer  I know women were not born afraid, that it is a social construction, yet sometimes it can feel that way. I can’t remember a time when I felt safe at every moment. From walking through a dimly lit area, hearing catcalls while running, or riding public transit late at night, women and girls are taught to always be alert because of potential circumstances beyond our control.Frankly it is very disempowering.
April 24, 2013
Bike highways, dense walkable cities and a policy focus on improving the quality of life are lessons two UCLA Luskin School students learned while on exchange programs in Europe.  Eric Johnson and India Brookover, both Masters of Urban Planning students, spent the Fall quarter at Sciences Po in Paris and Hertie School of Governance Berlin respectively. In all, six UCLA Luskin students studied abroad in Paris and Berlin during the Fall term: Brookover, Johnson, and Public Policy students Yang Chen, Jared Erwin, Huatian Li and Lingxi Liu.
April 23, 2013
It was more than being a teenage mother, a life-altering event in itself. It was more than having a child barely after being allowed to have a driver’s license. It was more than blinking hard, realizing you’re 15, a high school dropout, married, working at Kentucky Fried Chicken and soon thereafter, holding a baby in your arms. It was the moments after, the days and weeks when the teenage Debra Duardo was standing there and a revolving door of specialists were telling her things she couldn’t comprehend.
April 22, 2013
Last week the Public Policy department celebrated its 15-year anniversary in an evening celebration at Los Angeles City Hall.Rusty Bailey, the new Mayor of Riverside and a 1999 UCLA Luskin School graduate, was awarded as the Alumnus of the Year. The video details Bailey's award and looks at the night and ability for students and alums to network together. 
April 19, 2013
Vicky Hsu is a first-year Master of Public Policy student who ran on the cross country team while completing her undergraduate degree at MIT. The Seattle native ran the Boston Marathon on Monday, finishing about a half-hour before two bombs changed the race forever.I was with my boyfriend, Matt, and my friend from MIT, Bonnie, and we were in the family meeting area in Copley Square. I had actually wanted to go back and watch the other runners, because people were cheering for me and I wanted to do the same.