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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Dynamics and trade-offs among social, economic, and ecological components of resilience in working agricultural landscapes Internal NU FEWS seed grant

A grand challenge for humanity is to supply increasing food and energy demands imposed by a growing human population while preserving food, energy, and water systems’ critical services.  This project supported development of a multi-disciplinary team to nurture projects assessing the interactions and adaptations of working agricultural landscapes on human decision-making and of human decision-making […]

Early Childhood Mental Health Facilitation – Rooted in Relationships

The PPC provided facilitation to Saline County stakeholders in early childhood mental health to reach the goal of all children ages 0- 5 in Saline County experiencing positive social and emotional growth. The stakeholder group objective was to create a work plan for the county and to select a fiscal agency for a grant through […]

Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska

This project investigates cumulative influences on early learning and achievement for young children at economic disadvantage across rural and urban settings in Nebraska through three complementary and prospective studies. This research will provide reliable information for policymakers and practitioners to understand variations in practices that augment transitions and early learning; determine malleable factors that improve […]

Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities

Center researchers worked with state and local officials to update Nebraska’s concept of operations plan for responding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Our team partnered with university, public health and medical personnel to ensure plans were coordinated for healthcare response, surveillance, monitoring, patient referral, and infection control activities. Center researchers also developed messages with public […]

Educational Service Units
Threat Assessment Training

Dr. Mario Scalora and Dr. Denise Bulling of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are partnering with Director of Safety and Security for the Nebraska Department of Education, Dr. Jolene Palmer, to conduct basic and advanced threat assessment training for Nebraska schools. The training is sponsored by local Educational Service Units in all areas of the state and features guidelines created by the Public Policy Center that translate the […]

Enabling Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Fire Ignitions in Complex Firefighting Contexts

Prescribed fire is critical for reducing catastrophic wildfires and sustaining healthy ecosystems. Yet the technology to support fire ignition and monitoring remains stagnant, risky, and expensive. This project aims to develop the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology that can transform prescribed fire ignition and monitoring by: 1) enabling the communication between UASs and humans by […]

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness […]

Energy and the Future

In a year long project entitled Energy & The Future, undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted research on alternative energy issues facing Nebraska, and developed a background document summarizing the public policy choices that face the state in regards to ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, and nuclear energy. Students with the […]

Evaluation of Integrated Mental/Physical Health 360 Program

Individuals with serious mental illness or substance use issues generally have more serious physical health problems than the general population; yet this population has difficulty accessing appropriate medical care through the traditional health care system. Lutheran Family Services and People’s Health Center have developed the Health 360 program, a new integrated approach which provides behavioral […]