Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Health

The Pioneer Institute selected La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager as runners-up in its 2017 Better Government Competition. Weimer and Sager, an emeritus gerontologist at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, created a life-course model of Alzheimer’s patients to assess the costs and benefits to families and government of early detection.

John Vander Meer (MPA ’06) participated in a panel discussion about the implications of Wisconsin’s aging population and growing long-term care workforce crisis for state policy May 2 in Madison.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is a co-principal investigator on a project selected for a UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative award. Professor Cameron Currie of the Department of Bacteriology is the principal investigator for project, The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease.

La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe and Marguerite Burns of UW–Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences received the Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research from the International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 

Taking the quantitative analysis coursework – both semesters of statistics and cost-benefit analysis – was key in helping me be prepared for state budget work immediately after graduation.

There is no policy school in the Midwest that offers more rigorous quantitative classes than the La Follette School. 

Jason Fletcher, a professor of public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.

November 21, 2016

Lindsay Read (MPA '09)

My most rewarding experience at La Follette was working with the Wisconsin Legislature on a special taskforce to address childhood obesity.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher is the principal investigator for a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supporting research on the impacts of children’s neighborhoods on racial disparities in adult health outcomes.

More than 60 people attended each of four recent Town Hall meetings on key election issues with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members. The meetings in Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, were sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

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