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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Janell Walther - projects

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 […]

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 […]

CLOUD-MAP: Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) can revolutionize the study of the atmosphere, but their routine application for studying and surveilling the atmosphere requires careful consideration of the public response to such proposed use in the United States (US) national airspace system. The Public Policy Center will help CLOUD-MAP project researchers understand likely public reactions to large-scale […]

Lincoln Vital Signs

In 2014, leaders of Lincoln’s largest public and private charitable organizations commissioned the Lincoln Vital Signs report to help inform decisions, spark connections, and spur collaboration. Since then, Lincoln Vital Signs reports (2014, 2015, and the 2016 Behavioral Health Supplement; all available at lincolnvitalsigns.org) authored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, have been […]

Nebraska Strong: Flood Recovery Project

Sometimes Nebraskans have to recover from storms and floods. The heroic phase of disaster response (sandbagging and people pulling together) is often followed by a period of disillusionment (disappointment with aid and coping with clean up). Reconstruction takes time – and can be stressful. The PPC worked to provide crisis counseling assistance, create public service […]

Lincoln Community Energy Conversation

Building off the success of the Taking Charge series of public engagement efforts, the Public Policy Center again worked with the City of Lincoln to gather public input, but his time focused on the City of Lincoln’s energy and sustainability programs. The Center developed an online survey to gain insight from Lincoln residents about barriers, […]

Gambler’s Assistance Program Evaluation Project

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Nebraska’s Gamblers Assistance Program in order to inform policy-makers about possible changes and improvements to the program. The program had four specific goals: Conduct a formative evaluation of the Gamblers Assistance Program Establish an ongoing participatory process for evaluation relevant to quality improvement for policy […]

Disaster Behavioral Health Project

The goal of the Disaster Behavioral Health Project is to develop human infrastructure in Nebraska to effectively mitigate or respond to the psycho-social consequences of terrorism and disaster. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to create an All-Hazards Disaster Behavioral Health Response and Recovery […]

Taking Charge 2012

For the fifth consecutive year the Center worked with the City to gather public input about the City of Lincoln’s budget and services. This included an online survey to gain insight from community members about past Taking Charge processes, an online and random-sample City Satisfaction Survey, as well as a budgeting survey for the current […]

Statewide Depression Summit: Growing Success

NET and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center convened a statewide series of discussions focusing on creating pathways to the successful treatment of depression in communities across Nebraska. The objective of the summit was for Nebraskans to dialogue with each other, and with experts, about what communities can do to plan for and create […]