Student Update
December / 2017
Submissions Open for California and DC
Are you a Master's or PhD student eager to present your research? The APPAM Regional Student Conferences are the place for you! P articipating students will present their research on panels of peers and through poster sessions across a wide variety of policy areas . Student presenters will gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and fellow students.

APPAM is soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers or projects to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers/projects, and (3) posters.
Submissions for California close on January 10 th , 2018. Submissions for DC close on January 26 th, 2018.
Call for nominations:
Nominate a Student Member For Service on the Policy Council
The APPAM Policy Council includes two seats for student members. The seats are staggered for two-year terms. APPAM is looking for one student to join the board when David Morar, George Mason University, completes his term at the end of 2017.

If you would like to nominate yourself or you know a student member you would like to nominate for this position, please send one letter of recommendation and a CV to Tara Sheehan, by December 31, 2017. The letter should be from a professor in the program but need not be from the institutional representative. 

  • The student needs to be a current member in good standing of APPAM.
  • They need to be a student at the time of appointment but not necessarily throughout their entire 2 year term.
  • They will be a full voting member of the Policy Council upon appointment.  
  • Travel costs and lodging for all Policy Council meetings are taken care of by APPAM. The student is expected to attend all Policy Council meetings.
  • Only current institutional members are able to nominate students. 
  • The appointee will be chosen by mid to late January and will be announced in conjunction with the rest of the Policy Council election results.

Email nominations to Tara Sheehan, by 12/31.
Student Advisory Committee:
APPAM's Student Activities Committee (SAC) is assembled from nominees to the Policy Council. While these committee members are not on the Board, they are an integral part of all our student activities and play a big role in determining student programming at the Fall Conference, the content for Student Brown Bag events and other student activities.

Please consider nominating yourself or a fellow student member for both of these positions. You do not need to indicate nominees for each position, as the Student Activities Committee members will be selected from the pool of nominees for the Policy Council seat.
Call for International Conference Submissions
The 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, will be held on July 19 – 20. The theme is "Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development."

Both the conference theme, and the venue of Mexico City offer an excellent opportunity for a wide range of session paper and poster presentations relating primarily to sustainability in cities. Given the conference location in one of the world’s largest mega-cities, we invite submissions with a metropolitan focus (albeit not exclusively so), with a “steer” towards larger cities, especially those with multi-jurisdictional governmental structures and governance challenges.

All submissions must be in English and completed by February 7, 2018.
JPAM Featured Article:
Does Paid Family Leave Reduce Nursing Home Use? The California Experience
Paid family leave (PFL) is intended to make it financially easier for eligible workers to take time off from work in order to care for young children or seriously ill family members. Concurrently, the receipt of informal care from family members has been shown to lower the probability of institutionalization among elderly Americans. This raises an important question: Do PFL policies influence nursing home use among older adults?

In this article, Arora and Wolf address this question for California, which in 2004 became the first state in the United States to implement a PFL law.

Excerpt from the interview:
"This is the first study to examine long-term care outcomes associated with a state-level policy on paid family leave. In doing so, it has demonstrated that the provision of this leave reduces nursing home use among older adults. While the current administration has proposed a federal paid family leave program, it is only focused on providing paid leave to families after the birth or adoption of a child. The results of this study suggest that the Trump administration should consider expanding the benefits of such a program to individuals with a seriously ill family member."

Kanika Arora
Douglas Wolf
Upcoming Webinar:
APPAM/ASHecon Webinar: The Intersection of Opioid Addiction and Evidence-Based Policy
The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached alarming proportions. With over a thousand people dying each week due to opioid related overdoses, many have suggested evidence-based policy as a way to combat the epidemic. Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts on health policy and opioids as they take a deep-dive into the opioid crisis, how to use evidence-based policy to combat it, and what health economists can do to influence policy.
Webinar Speakers:
  • Colleen Carey, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • Jevay Grooms, Senior Fellow, University of Washington
  • Carroline Lobo, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kosali Simon, Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Indiana University (Moderator)

APPAM Members in the News
Aubrey Grant and Bonnie Stabile, student members from George Mason University, co-authored a column in The Hill about rape "myths" in the context of Alabama's senate race:

"Widely held stereotypes that shift blame from perpetrators to victims contribute to a culture where reporting is suppressed and discredited. The belief that women routinely lie about rape, seen playing out in the Roy Moore saga, has roots in religious texts and Greek mythology, and persists in popular culture."
Student member Emily Stetson at University of Massachusetts, Amherst tweeted her support of the University's Women into Leadership program for preparing her to speak at the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention.
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
January 26: DC Regional Student Conference submission deadline.
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