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MPP Students Make Contribution to Policy Debate

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During the fall of 2009, three Masters of Public Policy students worked with a group of organizations concerned about the relationship between chemical substances and the incidence of problems among children. These organizations included groups representing public health, disability advocacy and environmental protection interests that sought to expand the coverage of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).

The three students – Frank Justice, Matt Kehn and Sarah Lifsey –served as policy analysts for this coalition as a part of the Policy Practicum, the final course in the MPP program. Beryl Radin, the professor for the class, identified a range of projects that matched student policy interests.

Joyce Martin, the Director of Environmental Health Policy of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, served as the client for the policy analysis that was conducted by the students.

According to Martin, the coalition was delighted at their work product and is using the analysis as the TSCA reform effort develops. She told the students that they “should feel proud of your contribution toward moving decision makers in federal agencies and Congress to evaluate policy on this important issue.”