JDP student Roma Patel receives multiple research awards
Roma Patel, JD, MPH candidate received a $7,000 research grant from the Consortium on Law and Values in the Health, Environment and Life Sciences for a project she is leading with other medical and public health students. The project, “Twin Cities High Utilizers: A Patient Centered Approach to Address the High Cost of Healthcare,” involves a yearlong study of patients who use a high number of health care services, but do not necessarily see better outcomes. Patel hopes to show that addressing barriers to care or designing better coordinated primary care will lead to better patient results and lower costs.
Patel also received Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation Connect-Design-Enable (CoDE) award. Her $50,000 grant will help her team to develop and produce a series of patient education video narratives that will play in physician waiting rooms. These vignettes will candidly profile real patient participants from diverse backgrounds about their experience with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic back pain, arthritis, heart disease, mental illness and much more. The goal being to help patients from a wide variety of demographic backgrounds feel engaged, understood, informed, and prepared to successfully manage their health. Read her full proposal here. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Roma!
Lauren Beach named one of "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" by US Jaycees
Congratulations to JDP student Lauren Beach, JD, PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics (MCDB&G) candidate been named to the United States Junior Chamber's 2014 list of the 10 men and women under age 40 "who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation's emerging generation."
"Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program, the US Jaycees have recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them," said Fay Poissant, president. "Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief: that service to humanity is the best work of life. I have no doubt that the 2014 recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities." Read more about this honor.
Alison Key elected MJLST Editor-in-Chief
JDP student Alison Key, a JD, MD candidate, has been elected Editor-in-Chief for Volume 16 of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (MJLST) for the 2014-15 academic year. MJLST is a multidisciplinary journal addressing problems at the intersection of law, health, the sciences, and bioethics. For more information, visit Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. Congratulations, Alison!
JDP Student weighs in on environmental issue
JDP student Sarah Schenck, a JD, MPH in Environmental Health candidate, won the Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition from the American Planning Association. Her paper, “Buoying Environmental Burdens in Bankruptcy Floodwaters,” met the criterion of demonstrating “original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law, such as land use, environmental law, or local government” and was published in The Urban Lawyer, The Federal Lawyer, and the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.
Schenck’s paper explores the intersection of bankruptcy and environmental laws through the aftermath of automobile plant closures—which left environmental wastelands in their wake—and the challenges faced by local communities. “Municipalities and states can protect themselves and leverage power in cleanup negotiations by enacting strong local ordinances and state superlien statutes,” says Schenck. Read the entire paper.