Alumnus Brian Kaskie PhD ’98 Receives Prestigious Aging Policy Fellowship

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Brian Kaskie PhD ’98 (photo courtesy University of Iowa)

USC Leonard Davis School alumnus Brian Kaskie PhD ’98, a professor of health policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health has been named to the 2016-2017 Health and Aging Policy Fellows program.

By taking part in the year-long residential program, Kaskie will head to Washington DC and participate in the policymaking process on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistant in Congress, professional staff member in an executive branch agencies or policy organization.

Davis School alumni Dawn Alley PhD ’06 and Gretchen Alkema PhD ’07 are former recipients of this prestigious fellowship.

Kaskie’s primary interest concerns the intersection between public policies and older Americans. He analyzes and maps a variety of state laws and regulations that affect older persons, evaluates the adoption of these health policies, and examines their impact on organizational and individual outcomes. Some of his more recent scholarly manuscripts have focused on the factors, including gun access laws, which contribute to elder suicide; state level adoption of Medicaid elderly waivers; and public oversight of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Kaskie has previously been appointed to several committees and task forces including the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare and the Governor’s Taskforce on Re-Balancing Long-Term Care. He currently serves as the Board President for Elder Services Incorporated, a local non- profit agency that provide Meals on Wheels and other services that help older Iowans remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is directed by Harold Alan Pincus, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University (in collaboration with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program) and made possible with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.