Talking Policy Archive
TALKING POLICY IN THE QUEEN CITY
Friday, February 11, 2022
A Virtual Event, Free and Open to the Public
The Fourth Annual Talking Policy in the Queen City event will mark the 20th anniversary of UNC Charlotte’s Public Policy Doctoral Program. Public policy experts will converse about the new developments and opportunities in education, infrastructure/transportation, and health policy research. Esteemed alumni will also share insights regarding careers in public policy. Students, alumni and professionals will have many opportunities throughout the day to network. Join as many sessions as appeal to you. You may email your questions for the speakers to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will monitor the questions and pose them to the speakers throughout the day.
|9 a.m.–10:20 a.m.||Education Policy Panel|
|10:30 a.m.–11 a.m.||Careers in Public Policy|
|11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.||Transportation Policy Panel|
|12:20 p.m.–12:50 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|12:50 p.m.–1:50 p.m.||Plenary Address: Critical Issues for Public Health and Policy|
|2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.||Careers in Health Policy|
Plenary Address: Critical Issues for Public Health and Policy, Dr. Marcus Plescia
Dr. Marcus Plescia is the Chief Medical Officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He provides medical leadership and expertise across the agency and oversees ASTHO’s portfolio of chronic disease prevention and control programs. During the COVID-19 epidemic he has served as ASHTO’s principal spokesperson, and primary liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, U.S. territories, and District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. Dr Plescia has served in public health leadership roles at the local, state and federal level in North Carolina and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In these roles he has led successful efforts to enact systemic public health interventions including expanded cancer screening coverage, prescription drug and disease reporting requirements, revised clinical guidelines, and state and local tobacco policy. He has been prominent in nationwide efforts to transform public health practice to a more population-based, strategic framework, and led the implementation of the CDC’s national colorectal cancer screening program based on this approach. Dr Plescia received his Medical Degree, Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He trained in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has practiced in a variety of settings serving homeless, urban poor and rural underserved populations. He has published extensively in the public health and family medicine literature.
Plenary Presider: Dr. Teresa Scheid, Professor, Department of Sociology, UNC Charlotte
Education Policy Panel
Panelists will share their research and expertise on Education Policy, addressing developments, challenges, and opportunities. Attendees may submit questions for the panelists on the registration form or online during the event. The panel will conclude with a 20-minute open-networking opportunity, where all participants may chat informally.
Dr. Andy Baxter, Educator Recruitment and Support Research Fellow, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Martha Bottia, Senior Research Analyst, Institutional Research, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Sara Dahill-Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Dr. Stephanie Potochnick, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, UNC Charlotte
Presider: Dr. Jason Giersch, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, UNC Charlotte
Organizers: Dr. Jason Giersch and Dr. Stephanie Potochinick, UNC Charlotte
Careers in Public Policy Panel
Panelists will share their career experiences along with challenges and opportunities in their fields, emphasizing what can be learned by current students and individuals launching their careers in policy research.
Dr. Kirstin Wells, Principal Economist, Payments Division, Federal Reserve Board
Dr. Stephany De Scisciolo, Vice President of Impact and Evaluation, Enterprise Community Partners
Presider: Dr. Jason Windett, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Associate Director, Public Policy Doctoral Program, UNC Charlotte
Transportation Policy Panel
Panelists will share their research and expertise on Transporation Policy, addressing developments, challenges, and opportunities, especially in the light of the recently passed Federal Infrastructure Bill. Attendees may submit questions for the panelists on the registration form or online during the event. The panel will conclude with a 20-minute open-networking opportunity, where all participants may chat informally.
Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director, METRANS Transportation Center, University of Southern California
Dr. Noreen McDonald, Department Chair, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor, Director of Carolina Transportation Program, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Olga Smirnova, Associate Professor of Public Administration, East Carolina University
Organizer and Presider: Dr. Jean-Claude Thill, Knight Distinguished Professor of Geography and Earth Science, UNC Charlotte
Careers in Health Policy Panel
Panelists will share their career experiences along with challenges and opportunities in health policy, emphasizing what can be learned by current students and individuals launching their careers in policy research. The panel will conclude with a 30-minute open-networking opportunity, where all participants may chat informally.
Dr. Ashley Dunham, Senior Director of Clinical Research, Cleerly
Dr. Cicily Hampton, Deputy Director of Operations and Eligibility Services at UMWA Health and Retirement Funds
Dr. Stephen Stemkowski, Research Consulting Principal at Humana Healthcare Research
Presider: Dr. Bill Brandon, Emeritus Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, UNC Charlotte
Sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Public Policy Doctoral Program (celebrating its 20th year!), The Urban Institute, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program Supported by the Pam Fawcett-Brandon and William P. Brandon Endowment for the Graduate Public Policy Program
Former FEMA Administrator Spoke At “Talking Policy In The Queen City” Community Event
Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long headlined UNC Charlotte’s third annual “Talking Policy in the Queen City” symposium Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EST via livestream.
The event, hosted by the UNC Charlotte Public Policy Ph.D. Program and the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program, in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, calls attention to national, state and local policy insights and perspectives and how they affect citizens and organizations in Charlotte and beyond. The discussion with Long focused on how organizations can improve their cultural preparedness and emergency management systems.
“Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to learn how to better prepare for unexpected emergencies,” said Stephanie Moller, director of UNC Charlotte’s Public Policy Ph.D. Program. “This year’s subject is relevant and challenging to every level of our society, and we are fortunate to be able to combine the insights of our interdisciplinary faculty with Brock’s subject matter expertise.”
Long served as FEMA administrator from 2017 to 2019, overseeing 144 presidentially declared disasters, including three of the nation’s most devastating hurricanes, and 112 wildfires. During his tenure at FEMA, Long helped transform the agency’s business enterprise, creating the community lifeline and FEMA Integration Teams, and he implemented pre-disaster mitigation efforts, a priority under the Disaster Recovery Reform Act.
In his “Readiness and Resilience: Cultural Preparedness and Emergency Management” talk, Long will share insights on successful emergency management and strategies for both natural and man-made disasters, including pandemics, highlighting that an effective response to a disaster requires collaboration and cooperation at all levels of society. Long will also touch on what state and local government, private companies, nonprofit organizations, and the general public should be doing today to prepare for tomorrow’s emergencies.
“The MPA program prides itself on the integration of theory and practice, so it is especially fitting that we are hosting a practitioner the stature of Brock Long, who has executed emergency management policy at every level of government,” said Thomas Barth, director of the UNC Charlotte MPA Program.
Kevin Staley, retired deputy director of Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC), moderated the discussion. Staley serves on the North Carolina Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and is a commissioner on the state’s Emergency Response Commission. He also brings his expertise to UNC Charlotte students as an adjunct faculty member.
About the Event Sponsors
Public Policy Doctoral Program
The interdisciplinary Public Policy Doctoral Program prepares students to become researchers, decision makers and policy analysts in local, state or federal governments, not-for-profit agencies, for-profit institutions and academia. Students learn the foundations of policy development, implementation and evaluation, gaining the expertise to pursue varied policy domains, adapt to changing policy environments and clearly communicate research results to shape policy outcomes.
Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program
The Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program has a three-part mission of preparing students for leadership careers in the public and nonprofit sectors, conducting research to advance the field of public administration, and serving the community through applied research projects and internships. The program was listed in the top 21% of U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of public affairs programs nationwide.
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region. The institute is part of UNC Charlotte’s Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement (formerly known as Metropolitan Studies), which is a unit of Academic Affairs.
The Pam Fawcett-Brandon and William P. Brandon Endowment for the Graduate Public Policy Program also provides support for the event.