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Public Policy Projects

NURS 370 Public/Community Health Nursing Public Policy Projects

The titles listed represent the culmination of semester-long projects to identify and recommend policy changes and/or legislative actions, as part of the clinical rotation of the Public/Community Health Nursing class.


Project

Faculty

Date

Shaken Baby Syndrome Professor Joanne Costello April 29, 1997
How Should Nurses Manage Managed  Care? Dr. Anne E.S. Carty April 29, 1997
Childhood Lead Poisoning Dr. Carol Shelton April 29, 1997
The Abortion/Breast Cancer Act: Should Nurses Support It? (Bill #H5894) Dr. Margaret Hainsworth April 29, 1997
Preventable Childhood Injury: The Use Of Bicycle Helmets Dr. Patricia Cunningham-Warburton April 29, 1997
Mandatory Insurance Coverage For Mammograms Dr. Mary Byrd April 29, 1997
Domestic Violence Dr. Carolyn Wood April 29, 1997
Perspectives On Needle Exchange  Professor Lois Ginsberg April 29, 1997
Current Trends In Child Abuse Professor Susan Ginsberg April 29, 1997
Domain Of Healing Touch Professor Linda Eddleston April 29, 1997
     
Needle Exchange Programs: A Strategy To Prevent HIV Transmission Dr. Linda Cathers May 1, 1997
Shaken Baby Syndrome Donna White May 1, 1997
Marijuana - The Forbidden Medicine Dr. Jane Williams May 1, 1997
Mandatory Hospital Stay For Mastectomy Patients Dolores Harrison May 1, 1997
Rights Of The Terminally Ill Joan Glasheen May 1, 1997
Insurance Issues Related To Breast Cancer And Mastectomy Professor Diane D'Ambra May 1, 1997
Shaken Baby Syndrome-Public Education And Prevention Strategies Professor Beverly Waldman-Rich May 1, 1997
Making It Legal: The Medicinal Use Of Marijuana In Rhode Island Carol Smith May 1, 1997
HIV Prevention: Pros and Cons Of Needle Exchange Program Dr. Mary Flynn May 1, 1997
TB Or Not TB Elaine Amato-Vealey May 1, 1997
     
The Legislation Of AEDs: Who Benefits? Professor Linda Eddleston April 28, 1998
Choice At The End Of Life Dr. Patricia Thomas April 28, 1998
H7705: It Shouldn't Hurt To Be A Child Dr. Dolores Harrison April 28, 1998
AED Shocking: It Could Save Your Life Professor Diane D'Ambra April 28, 1998
Funding Issues In Home Care Dr. Patricia Cunningham-Warburton April 28, 1998
Pharmaceutical Assistance To The Elderly Dr. Margaret Hainsworth April 28, 1998
The Impact Of Managed Care On The Elderly Dr. Carolyn Wood April 28, 1998
One Less For The Road Professor Susan Ginsberg April 28, 1998
     
Are School-Based Sex Education Programs Effective? Dr. Mary Byrd April 30, 1998
Graduated Licensure Dr. Anne E.S. Carty April 30, 1998
Seat Belts On School Buses: Help Dr. Carol Shelton April 30, 1998
Head Injury Prevention: Jello In A Jar Professor Joanne Costello April 30, 1998
Get The Lead Out Dr. Mary Flynn April 30, 1998
The Silent Killer Professor Beverly Rich April 30, 1998
Teenage Smoking Dr. Jane Williams April 30, 1998
     
Mandatory Overtime Professor Trudy Mulvey April 24, 2001
Raising Public Awareness About Early Detection Of Prostate And Colorectal Cancer Dr. Mary Byrd April 24, 2001
Healthcare: Are They Speaking Your Language Professor Lois Ginsberg April 24, 2001
Hope For Rhode Island's Babies Professor Sandra Urban-Lynch April 24, 2001
Quality Of Care - Consumers Beware Dr. Linda Cathers April 24, 2001
Lead Poisoning: The R.I. Lead Screening Plan Dr. Sandra Rasmussen April 24, 2001
To Belt Or Not Belt Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 24, 2001
Diagnosis = Cancer: Significance For The Uninsured And Underinsured Professor John Aflague April 24, 2001
Child Abuse - Shaking Baby Syndrome Dr. Dolores Harrison April 24, 2001
     
An Infant's Rescue: Safe Haven For Infants Protection Professor Diane D'Ambra April 26, 2001
Look Out In The Dumpster: The Plight Of The Homeless Dr. Anne Carty April 26, 2001
Youth Violence Prevention Dr. Carol Shelton April 26, 2001
Expanding Coverage: New Hope For Dependent Adolescents Professor Beverly Rich April 26, 2001
Rock - Don't Shake Dr. Maureen Newman April 26, 2001
Got Mercury? Go Fish Professor Joanne Costello April 26, 2001
Save Your Breasts: Just A Squeeze Away Professor Susan Ginsberg April 26, 2001
Safe Have For Infants Professor Esther Jalbert April 26, 2001
     
Variable Prescription Drug Pricing Dr. Patricia Thomas Dec. 6, 2001
Childhood Lead Poisoning In Rhode Island Dr. Carol Shelton Dec. 6, 2001
Bioterrorism: A Community At Risk For Anthrax Dr. Mary Byrd Dec. 6, 2001
Dental Health Dr. Carol Shelton Dec. 6, 2001
Tobacco Settlement Professor Joanne Costello Dec. 6, 2001
Smoking Cessation Among Adolescents Dr. Patricia Thomas Dec. 6, 2001
Environmental Tobacco Smoke Professor Dorothy Petrarca Dec. 6, 2001
     
Issues Surrounding Nurse Staffing Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 23, 2002
The Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity: Advocating For Children's Healthy Dr. Mary Byrd April 23, 2002
Prescription Drug Pricing: The Real Drug War Professor Joanne Costello April 23, 2002
     
The Not So Fast And Furious Road To A Driver's License Dr. Mary Byrd April 23, 2002
Butt Out: Tobacco Free Restaurants Professor Joanne Costello April 23, 2002
Lead - The Cost Of Safety Professor Esther Jalbert April 23, 2002
Buckled Up Kids Are Safe Kids Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 23, 2002
     
The Not So Fast And Furious Road To A Driver's License Dr. Mary Byrd April 25, 2002
Butt Out: Tobacco Free Restaurants Professor Joanne Costello April 25, 2002
Lead - The Cost Of Safety Professor Esther Jalbert April 25, 2002
Buckled Up Kids Are Safe Kids Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 25, 2002
     
Get The Lead Out Dr. Mary Byrd June 25, 2002
Domestic Violence: Closing The Loopholes Professor Joanne Costello June 25, 2002
Occupational Health Nursing And Public Policy Evelyn Bain, RN June 25, 2002
     
Tobacco Use In Minors: Advertisement And Economics Dr. Mary Byrd April 15, 2003
When Food Becomes The Enemy Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 15, 2003
     
Childhood Obesity: The Growing Epidemic Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 17, 2003
Smoke Is Not A Daily Special Professor Joanne Costello April 17, 2003
Obesity: A Nation In Crisis Dr. Diane Martins, Ph.D. April 17, 2003
     
Unpleasantly Plump: The Ramifications Of Childhood Obesity Dr. Mary Byrd June 24, 2003
I'm Working, Butt Out Professor Joanne Costello June 24, 2003
Health Care Experiences Of Homeless People Dr. Diane Martins, Ph.D. June 24, 2003
     
Driving Alcohol Off The Road Dr. Mary Byrd April 13, 2004
Mercury Madness - Prevention Of Mercury Poisoning And Accidental Exposure Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 13, 2004
Issues Regarding Legalizing Marijuana For Medicinal Use Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 13, 2004
Lost In Translation - Breaking The Language Barrier In Health Care Dr. Mary Byrd April 13, 2004
The Right To Smoke Causes Others To Choke - Ban Smoking Public Places Professor Esther Jalbert April 13, 2004
     
Issues Regarding Legalizing Marijuana For Medicinal Use Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 15, 2004
Lost In Translation - Breaking The Language Barrier In Health Care Dr. Mary Byrd April 15, 2004
The Right To Smoke Causes Others To Choke - Ban Smoking Public Places Professor Esther Jalbert April 15, 2004
     
Gimme Shelter - Is The Lack Of Affordable Housing Jeopardizing Your Health? Dr. Mary Byrd June 22, 2004
Childhood Obesity: What's Weighing Our Kids Down Professor Joanne Costello June 22, 2004
     
MTBE - Friend Or Foe Professor Dorothy Petrarca Nov. 30, 2004
Rabies: When Bites Go Bad Dr. Carol Shelton Nov. 30, 2004
Smile And The Whole World Smiles With You Professor Joanne Costello Nov. 30, 2004
     
Sandwiched Between Food and Meds…To Buy Or Not To Buy Medications Professor Esther Jalbert Dec. 2, 2004
To Hep B Or Not To Hep B Professor Kathy Gremel Dec. 2, 2004
     
Nursing Home Care In Rhode Island Dr. Mary Byrd April 26, 2005
The Skinny On Childhood Obesity Professor Joanne Costello April 26, 2005
Issues Related To Embryonic Stem Cell Research Professor Dorothy Petrarca April 26, 2005
     
Nothing To 'Whoop' It Up About - The Return Of Pertussis Professor Esther Jalbert April 28, 2005
Mission Possible: Preventing Meningitis Outbreaks Professor Kathleen Gremel April 28, 2005
Administration Of Medications In The School Setting: Are We Compromising Our Children's Safety? Professor Joanne Costello April 28, 2005
     
Motorcycle Helmet Laws: Personal Liberty vs. Public Health Dr. Mary Byrd June 28, 2005
Lead - It Will Weigh You Down Professor Joanne Costello June 28, 2005
Health Care And The Southeast Asian Community Sovath Nahr and May Kue June 28, 2005
     
Motorcycle Safety: Why Take A Chance When You Can Take A Stance? Dr. Mary Byrd Dec. 5, 2006
Childhood Obesity: A Growing Population Professor Joanne Costello Dec. 5, 2006

The Nursing Shortage: WE WILL SURVIVE!

Dr. Jeanne Schwager Dec. 5, 2006
The Promise Of The 'Promiscuity' Vaccine" Dr. Carol Shelton Dec. 5, 2006
Routine HIV Screening - To Screen Or Not To Screen? Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 5, 2006
     
Have You Heard? The Bird Is The Word Avian Flu: NOT IF BUT WHEN Professor Esther Jalbert Dec. 7, 2006
Ban The Tran: Transfats As A Threat To The Public's Health Professor Joanne Costello Dec. 7, 2006
HPV - Easy As 1-2-3? Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 7, 2006
     
Cord Blood Banking: For One Or For All? Dr. Carol Shelton April 17, 2007
Mandate To Vaccinate Professor Kathleen Gremel April 17, 2007
Keep Up The Hope - Don't Cope With Dope Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 17, 2007
     
No Magic Pill Professor Kathleen Gremel April 19, 2007
CVA & TPA: Live & Learn Professor Esther Jalbert April 19, 2007
Left Out In The Cold Dr. Mary Byrd April 19, 2007
Has Brayton Point Power Plant Reached Its Boiling Point? Professor Lynn Blanchette April 19, 2007
Prevent Teen Drinking, Promote Teen Thinking: A Campaign To Reduce Alcohol-Related Fatalities Professor Joanne Costello April 19, 2007
     
HPV, As Easy As 1, 2, 3 Dr. Joanne Costello June 26, 2007
Fry Now … Pay Later Dr. Mary Byrd June 26, 2007
Got Insurance? Professor Kathleen Gremel June 26, 2007
     
I Can't Wait Till I'm 21! Dr. Mary Byrd April 15, 2008
To Drive Or Not To Drive Professor Kathleen Gremel April 15, 2008
Cuts In Rite Care Do Not Make "Cents" Dr. Carol Shelton April 15, 2008
     
Breakfast For A Better Brain: Supporting Children Through Universal Breakfast Dr. Joanne Costello April 17, 2008
Waste Watchers Professor Kathleen Gremel April 17, 2008
L.I.V.E. And Let Die Professor Lynn Blanchette April 17, 2008
     
"Uncovering the Dark Side of Healthcare: Shedding Light on Medical Errors" Dr. Mary Byrd June 24, 2008
"Fueling our Future: Universal School Breakfast" Dr. Joanne Costello June 24, 2008
     
Dating Violence: What's Love Got to Do With It Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 2, 2008
Lost in the Shuffle: The Insanity of Mental Health Car Dr. Jeanne Schwager Dec. 2, 2008
The Sober Truth: Is 18 the Answer? Dr. Mary Byrd Dec. 2, 2008
     
Kids Can't Fly Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 4, 2008
T.O.P. Talk Professor Lynn Blanchette Dec. 4, 2008
Global Medicaid Waiver: Implications for Seniors Dr. Joanne Costello Dec. 4, 2008
What is Underage Drinking? Professor Lori Kasher Dec. 4, 2008
     
Investing in Drug Testing: Prevention and Recognition of Substance Abuse among Nurses Dr. Mary Byrd April 21, 2009
Maryjane for Chronic Pain Professor Lynn Blanchette April 21, 2009
Be Wise and Immunize Professor Marsha Fittro April 21, 2009
Stop Gambling with Your Health-End Smoking in the RI Casinos Professor Kathleen Gremel April 21, 2009
     
Protect Our Clients, Increase Compliance Professor Lynn Blanchette April 23, 2009
Too Young for Breast Cancer Screening? Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 23, 2009
The New vs. the Old "A Glimpse into the Global Medicaid Waiver" Professor Nancy Bowering April 23, 2009
Calories Count When Dining Out Professor Kathleen Gremel April 23, 2009
     
"A Smoke-Free Ride" Dr. Mary Byrd June 23, 2009
"Eviction Provided by the Economic Downturn" Dr. Joanne Costello June 23, 2009
"The Homeless Veteran Population" Dr. Thomas O'Toole June 23, 2009
     
Don't Take My School Nurse Away Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 1, 2009
Uncovering the Uncovered Dr. Joanne Costello Dec. 1, 2009
Distracted Driving Dr. Mary Byrd Dec. 1, 2009
No Excuse for Abuse Professor Lynn Blanchette Dec. 1, 2009
     
Code: Green Care Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 3, 2009
"Crazy"ness on the Street Professor Lynn Blanchette Dec. 3, 2009
The Public Option: Keeping Your Options Open Dr. Jeanne Schwager Dec. 3, 2009
Cold Days/Dark Nights Dr. Joanne Costello Dec. 3, 2009
     
Not For Sale Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 20, 2010
Caring for the Caregivers Dr. Mary Byrd April 20, 2010
I Pity the Fool That Don't Walk to School Professor Lynn Blanchette April 20, 2010
Dying To Be Tan Professor Marsha Fittro April 20, 2010
     
A Lot to Love: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic Dr. Joanne Costello April 22, 2010
Shuffled Around Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 22, 2010
Opting Out is the New In: Increasing Organ Donation in Rhode Island Professor Nancy Bowering April 22, 2010
Death on My Terms Professor Lynn Blanchette April 22, 2010
     
"Soda: The New Tobacco" Dr. Mary Byrd June 29, 2010
"Click It or Ticket and While You're at It, QUIT IT!" Dr. Joanne Costello June 29, 2010
"Addressing the Nursing Shortage in Sub-Saharan Africa" Julie Twing, RN, BSN, OCN June 29, 2010
     
Narrowing the Gap Between Health Schools & Obesity Professor Kathleen Gremel Dec. 2, 2010
There Are Other Things to Eat Professor Lynn Blanchette Dec. 2, 2010
Chill Out: Effects of Fuel Poverty on Health Dr. Joanne Costello Dec. 2, 2010
     
Woman's Right to Know Professor Kathleen Gremel April 26, 2011
Outing Health Disparities: Exploring Health in the LGBTQQ Community Dr. Joanne Costello April 26, 2011
The Elephant in the Room: Rhode Island's Utility Crisis Dr. Mary Byrd April 26, 2011
Nursing Moms: Back to Work Professor Marsha Fittro April 26, 2011
Paddling for Prevention: An Upstream Approach to Family Planning Professor Lynn Blanchette April 26, 2011
     
Energy Crisis Professor Nancy Bowering April 28, 2011
Increasing Insurance: One Piece of the Autism Puzzle Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 28, 2011
Silently Sitting Schools: Invisible Threats need Visible Action Professor Lynn Blanchette April 28, 2011
Beware of Your Air: Reducing Radon in Rhode Island Professor Sandra Shaw April 28, 2011
PTSD: Pause for Vets Professor John Deckro April 28, 2011
     
How Safe is Your Plate? Dr. Mary Byrd June 28, 2011
Healthy Children for a Better Future Dr. Joanne Costello June 28, 2011
Take a stand. Lend a hand. No more victims! Dr. Jeanne Schwager June 28, 2011
     
Your Kids Gonna Choke on Your Second Hand Smoke Dr. Joanne Costello Nov. 29, 2011
Preventing Bullyicide Through Snoopicide Professor Kathleen Gremel Nov. 29, 2011
Enter at Your Own Risk: The Hidden Dangers of Mold Professor Sandra Shaw Nov. 29, 2011
Protecting Public Health through Food Safety & Defense Professor Marsha Fittro Nov. 29, 2011
Preventing Childhood Obesity One Tray at a Time Professor Nancy Bowering Nov. 29, 2011
     
Teen Dating Violence: Punishment is not Prevention Professor Sandra Shaw April 24, 2012
Helping Youth Kick the BUTTS of Tobacco Companies Dr. Joanne Costello April 24, 2012
The Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax: It's a Matter of Public Health Dr. Mary Byrd April 24, 2012
Clearing the Air: The Health Care Worker and Tobacco Use Professor Nancy Bowering April 24, 2012
The New Synthetic Drugs: Emergence of an Underground Epidemic Professor Marsha Fittro April 24, 2012
Prescription for Trouble Professor Lynn Blanchette April 24, 2012
     
Kids Killing Kids: Youth Violence Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 26, 2012
S.A.V.E. our Kids Professor Lynn Blanchette April 26, 2012
When In Doubt, Keep Them Out: The Risk of Head Trauma in Youth Sports Dr. Joanne Costello April 26, 2012
Food Deserts In Providence: A Big Problem of Little Resources Professor John Deckro April 26, 2012
     
Tanning's Out, Skin Is In Dr. Mary Byrd June 26, 2012
The Future of Our Children: What's Lead Got To Do With It? Dr. Joanne Costello June 26, 2012
We Care to Breath Clear Air: Make RIC Smoke Free Professor Nancy Bowering June 26, 2012
EMMA: Emergency Mass Medication Administration Professor Kathleen Gremel June 26, 2012
     
Take a Course, Save a Life. CPR for Teachers Professor Nancy Bowering Nov. 27, 2012
Breastfeeding-Not just a person choice, a public health issue Professor Kathleen Gremel Nov. 27, 2012
The Epidemic of Drug-Poisoning - A Public Health Issue Dr. Peg Matteson Nov. 27, 2012
Fight the Bite Professor Marsha Fittro Nov. 27, 2012
Urine or you're out? A public policy recommendation for responding to
substance abuse among mothers receiving public assistance
Professor Sandra Shaw Nov. 27, 2012
     
Think Before You Ink: Tattoo Safety Dr. Joanne Costello Nov. 29, 2012
BATH SALTS - Not Just for Bathing Carol Falcone, MS, RN Nov. 29, 2012
No Drugs Down the Drain Professor Lynn Blanchette Nov. 29, 2012
Let's Get It On …Improving Adolescent Sexual Health Dr. Jeanne Schwager Nov. 29, 2012
Kids Shouldn't Fly: Preventing Window Falls Professor John Deckro Nov. 29, 2012
     
The Cost of Autism Professor Nancy Bowering April 23, 2013
Turkey Sandwich with a Side of Flu Professor Kathleen Gremel April 23, 2013
Firearms Registration to Increase Public Safety Dr. Peg Matteson April 23, 2013
It Isn't Big to Make Others Feel Small Professor Marsha Fittro April 23, 2013
SOS: Save Our Soldiers: When Our Veterans Return from Serving Our Country,
Let's make Sure Our Country is Ready to Serve Them!
Professor Sandra Shaw April 23, 2013
     
The wind in your hair could land you in thERe: A Universal Motorcycle Helmet Law Dr. Mary Byrd April 25, 2013
Put Down the Ball, Make the Right Call Professor Lynn Blanchette April 25, 2013
Swallow to Study and Snort to Get High: The Misuse of Prescription Stimulants Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 25, 2013
Ability Not Age: Keeping Rhode Island Roads Safe Professor John Deckro April 25, 2013
     
Put the Lockdown on Drunk Driving Dr. Mary Byrd June 25, 2013
HIV Testing: It's for all of us Dr. Joanne Costello June 25, 2013
Driving Towards Fresh Air Dr. Kathleen Gremel June 25, 2013
     
Giving our Children the Right to Breath:
RI Law Reform on Smoking in Cars with Children
Professor Sandra Shaw Dec. 3, 2013
What Did You Say? Dr. Kathleen Gremel Dec. 3, 2013
It Can Wait! Professor Marsha Fittro Dec. 3, 2013
A City-Based Initiative to Reduce Cancer Rates Dr. Peg Matteson Dec. 3, 2013
No Home for Homework… Dr. Joanne Costello Dec. 3, 2013
     
"Two Worlds Collide" Professor Lynn Blanchette Dec. 5, 2013
With A Name Like Molly: It's Got to be Good! Dr. Jeanne Schwager Dec. 5, 2013
A "Sticky" Situation: Safe Needle Disposal in Rhode Island Professor John Deckro Dec. 5, 2013
Medical Marijuana: Got Policy? Dr. Kathleen Gremel Dec. 5, 2013
     
Treatment is Effective, Recovery is Possible, and Overdose is Preventable Professor Sandra Shaw April 22, 2014
School Violence Dr. Kathleen Gremel April 22, 2014
Food for thought: The Rise of Genetically Modified Organisms Professor Marsha Fittro April 22, 2014
Empowering Communities: Nurses' Responsibility to Protect Children Dr. Peggy Matteson April 22, 2014
Transparency While Dining Out: Menu Calorie Labeling Dr. Joanne Costello April 22, 2014
Distracted Driving Kills Dr. Mary Byrd April 22, 2014
     
Lift the Ban: Let the Blood Flow Professor Lynn Blanchette April 24, 2014
Death with Dignity: Physician-Assisted Dying Dr. Jeanne Schwager April 24, 2014
Mental Health Screening in School-Aged Children Professor John Deckro April 24, 2014
HPV Vaccination: Choice or Mandate, Safe or Sorry Professor Carol Falcone April 24, 2014
What's all the Hoopla about Hookahs? Professor Nancy Bowering April 24, 2014

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