Public Policy

Jen Gable (Fels '16 & Perelman '16) is co-author on a new report from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) PolicyLab that explores means of increasing adolescent HPV vaccination rates. Gable began working with CHOP PolicyLab through the Fels Public Leadership And Service (PLAS) fellowship program. According to the report's abstract, PolicyLab sought to "understand the low uptake of...
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Championing a website to help voters navigate the dizzying array of local candidates on the ballot each election, University of Chicago Team “BallotReady” took home top prize at the 7th National Penn Public Policy Competition last weekend. Team members Alex Niemczewski and Aviva Rosman walked away with a $10,000 check to further develop their website – and significant national...
By Bill Rivers, MPA Candidate, University of Pennsylvania [Note: This article is part of a capstone research project conducted by second-year student Bill Rivers and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Fels Institute or the University of Pennsylvania.] As divided House Republicans continue FY17 Budget deliberations, Speaker Paul Ryan and Freedom Caucus leaders increasingly face an...
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Championing a proposal for prison-issued ID for returning citizens, student members of the “Individual Dignity Project” clinched top prize at the 7th Annual Penn Public Policy Competition last weekend. Salomon Moreno-Rosa, Samantha Waxman and Sarai Williams walked away with a guaranteed slot at the national competition in March – and a $5,000 check to further develop their...
By Bill Rivers Kenneth Chu is irrelevant – and happy. That’s because the anti-blight program he helped found in Pittsburgh’s Wilkinsburg neighborhood is running smoothly without him. “I dial in to the advisory committee meetings, but I’m silent pretty much the whole time,” said Chu, who now lives in Denver. “The local stakeholders and volunteers are so active, so on top of everything, they’ve...
Our Idea The contaminated water crisis of Flint, Michigan has led many Americans to question the safety of their own drinking water, and provided momentum to the already thriving bottled water industry. However, Flint is just another step leading away from the public’s access to affordable drinking water that began many years ago. Despite well­known concerns regarding plastic water bottles...
The Individual Dignity Project team is made up of students Salomon Moreno-Rosa, Samantha Waxman, and Sarai Williams. THE IDEA: The Individual Dignity Project In 2014, the state of Pennsylvania alone imprisoned 50,700 individuals either in state or federal correction authorities. Every year, approximately 19,000 inmates are released from Pennsylvania state prisons, 30 percent of which are...
The Idea At Covenant House, Philadelphia’s primary emergency shelter for homeless youth, 40% of those served have had a history in the foster care system. There are many factors that influence these numbers, one of which is the devastating fact that these youth have no alternative paths, as half of students in the foster care system fail to complete high school. Dropping out of high school has...
Read about the 2016 Penn Public Policy Challenge Finalists in our Meet the Team series this week, and watch the teams compete in the Finals on February 28th at 1PM at WHYY Studios. RSVP HERE for the Finals. Beyond the Verdict is one of five teams advancing to the Seventh Annual Penn Public Policy Challenge Finals. The team is made up of students Danny Hosein, Natalie Parker, Eric Stahl, and...
In 2011, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), working through a private auctioneer, conducted the first of several auction sales of vacant, “scattered-site” houses and lots. These auctions were the first such sales in the agency’s history. To assess the current status of  properties sold at these auctions, a team of students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of...
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