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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 E-governance, Prenatal Care in Utah   Volume 4 Issue 6  
Prenatal Care in Utah: Executive Summary
Pursuing a Degree of Excellence
Executive Master of Public Administration
Getting Lodged in the Furniture
Forestalling Foreclosures
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An Introduction
by Megan Crowley, CPPA

If you have used the internet to renew your driverís license, order a birth certificate, pay taxes, or pay for a license, you have participated in e-government services. These and other online services have become the expected norm for state, county and municipal websites. As Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) advance, e-government systems continue to increase, improve and become mainstream.
Prenatal Care in Utah: Executive Summary
Improvement in Access, but Persistent Gaps by Mothersí Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity Status
by Kim Korinek, Ph.D. & Ken R. Smith, Ph.D.

Developed at the turn of the 20th century, prenatal care is seen as one of the most important advances in obstetrics in the 20th century and its importance in reducing the incidence of fetal death is widely established (Healy et al. 2006). Prenatal care (PNC) visits provide a setting and context for education on pregnancy, delivery and infant care, and detection and treatment of medical conditions that may impede healthy pregnancy and delivery. Professors Korinek and Smith explored whether race, ethnicity, immigrant status and a range of socio-demographic characteristics influence mothersí risks of receiving less than adequate prenatal care.
Pursuing a Degree of Excellence
The Center for Public Policy & Administration administers two public sector degree programs: The Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy. The MPA degree provides students with a comprehensive education for managing in the public and nonprofit sectors. This year, 82 candidates are finishing MPA degrees. The Master of Public Policy started in 2006, and graduated its first cohort of five students this year. The MPP is designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the policy process, better analyze policy options, and rigorously evaluate the effects of public policy.

Graduate students listen to Dean J. Steven Ott at The University of Utahís College of Social and Behavioral Science graduation ceremony on May 2, 2008.

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Executive Master of Public Administration
The University of Utah Executive Master of Public Administration Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2008 cohort. The Executive Program is designed for professionals with five or more years of career experience. Executive Students attend classes primarily every other weekend (Friday night and all day Saturday), and finish their degree in two years. Please contact the U of U MPA Office for more information, 581-6781 or visit our website: www.mpa.utah.edu
Getting Lodged in the Furniture
by Tricia Jack, CPPA

Isnít it true that as leaders we can either be part of the problem or part of the solution? Years ago (being young and foolish, you understand), I worked with a colleague who quite frankly drove me crazy. Her twittering, whispering and complete obsession with detail caused me no end of grief. She drove me so nuts that I would avoid her as much as possible. I found myself treating her differently from the others on my team; in a sense ostracizing her. While I did nothing to show this behavior (or so I thought), she saw right through it, and one day even had the nerve to call me on it. I suppose I am not able to hide my feelings as well as I thought!
Forestalling Foreclosures
by W. David Patton, Ph.D., CPPA Director

David Patton, CPPA's director takes a look at new initiatives and ideas from around the nation and the world. This month's idea: Forestalling Foreclosures.

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