Dr. Joaquin writes for the PA Times

M Ernita JoaquinProfessor Ernita Joaquin has penned a timely commentary on an alarming phenomenon in public administration in the United States. Seeking to flesh out the meaning of the current administration’s agenda of “deconstruction of the administrative state,” Dr. Joaquin’s paper describes deconstruction’s apparent twin strategies of dis-investment in, and de-legitimization of, vital components of public administration. What challenges does this agenda present to the practice, theory, and teaching of PA? You can reach the author at ejoaquin@sfsu.edu.


PACE convenes affordable housing research meetings

Jennifer Shea and Ayse PamukPACE’s newly emerging Center for Applied Housing Research — funded by a generous gift from Merritt Community Capital Corporation — held three affordable housing research convenings in March and April. The sessions brought together senior practitioners from the nonprofit affordable housing sector, local and regional government agencies, social service delivery organizations, financial institutions and others interested in actionable affordable housing research in the Bay Area.

Professor Ayse Pamuk and Associate Professor Jennifer Shea (with the coordination of MPA graduate assistant Jeremy Hill) led the participants in a discussion of the most pressing research and data needs, ideas for potential innovation in the sector and how SF State faculty and student researchers could most effectively contribute to the field of affordable housing. A total of 40 participants attended, including our own graduates who hold senior level jobs in the affordable housing sector. The discussions provided many great ideas for research projects, identified the most urgent data needs in the region and sparked several potential collaborations. As we develop our mission and vision for the future, we welcome our CHSS colleagues to contact us with their ideas.

Pictured: Jennifer Shea and Ayse Pamuk

San Francisco State’s International City/County Management Association student chapter attend SF State Night at the San Francisco Giants

icma San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) International City/County Management Association (ICMA) student chapter members from the Public Administration program attended “SFSU Night” at the San Francisco Giants game last Monday, April 9, 2018. It was a fun-filled night of networking with classmates while cheering on their favorite SF team! ICMA was fortunate enough to receive a welcome message shout-out prior to the game reading: “MPA out to play! Go ICMA!” on the big screen. The student giveaway of the night was an SFSU Gator beanie sporting SFSU’s school colors! It was a close and exciting game, but unfortunately, the Giants did not win. Despite this, ICMA students had a fun evening getting the opportunity to bond and connect with fellow SFSU MPA classmates!  icma 2

For Japan’s Growing Population Of Seniors, Prison Is An Oasis

0328_japan-prison-1000x666Elderly Japanese women are committing minor crimes in order to go to prison, where they find community and purpose.

Gerontology scholar Emiko Takagi (@EmikoTakagi) joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain the challenges Japan is facing with its rapidly aging population, and what’s driving women to do this.

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MPA alum spotlighted for work in senior wellness

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 3.37.20 PMJessica McCracken (MPA, ’06) is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of LeadingAge California Magazine: Women’s Edition. The publication’s first women’s issue explores a range of factors contributing to the financial challenges many women face when approaching retirement. LeadingAge California highlights the great work being done by women in senior communities. MacCracken is featured in her role as vice president of programming and development for Ruth’s Table, the creative wellness program at Bethany Center Senior Housing. See story on page 16.

Researchers say food delivery programs play a crucial role in senior health

paceLow-income seniors are sometimes forced to choose between buying good food and paying for their medications or even their rent. Other seniors can suffer from malnutrition when they become isolated without family members to help out.

A related issue is that many older people are hospitalized for one reason or another. If sent home without follow-up care — including access to nutritious meals — they often end up back in the hospital. A recent study by researchers at San Francisco State University and Merritt College found that one simple but effective program — Meals on Wheels (MOW) — improves seniors’ health and reduces the number of return hospitalizations.

The interdisciplinary study was conducted by Darlene Yee-Melichar, SF State professor and Gerontology Program coordinator; Mary Louise Zernicke, dietary manager program director at Merritt College; and Visakha Som, an SF State student who was working toward her master’s degree in public administration in 2017. The team analyzed data on 1,078 people from a national survey of older Americans to explore the impact of MOW and similar food delivery programs on health, hospitalizations and food insecurity. Their analysis, published in the journal Trends in Geriatric Healthcare, shows that older adults who received home-delivered meals had improved health outcomes and reduced hospitalizations.

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‘Solar suitcases’ deliver hands-on experience to an environmental justice course

chss_featurestoryPowerSurge4-(1)In Assistant Professor Autumn Thoyre‘s energy justice and sustainability course, students learned to assemble portable solar-power kits and then taught middle school kids the same skill. The solar suitcases were sent to meet critical needs in regions of the world where electricity is unreliable.

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