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Mar 20, 2014 Stanford researchers launch new approach to health policy in India

Stanford MPP student Roshan Shankar worked as part of the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative’s team last summer, focusing on understanding pregnant women’s decisions about where to deliver their babies.

Read more about this initiative that rethinks health care policy and delivery in India.

Millions of women in India give birth at home, where they don’t have easy access to medical help if things go wrong. And things go wrong often. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal and neonatal deaths.

Jan 13, 2014 FISCal Internship program finds new home at Public Policy

FISCal was founded in 2012 as a student initiative aimed at creating experiential learning opportunities for Stanford students in public financial management in California’s state and local governments. The Stanford Public Policy Program is pleased to announce administrative oversight of this successful internship program beginning in January, 2014.

Aug 08, 2013 Group of students collaborate and fundraise for free WIFI in Palo Alto

Looking for WIFI in Palo Alto? The hotspot in Cogswell Plaza goes live today! Thank you to a group of Public Policy graduate students for your vision and hard work over the last two years, and to the supporters and community members that helped to bring this project to fruition; a new model of community-directed public-private partnerships IS possible.

Read more about it in the city press release

Student of the Month

Nicholas Pataki

Nicholas Pataki is a third year graduate student pursuing a M.A. in International Policy Studies and a M.P.P. His concentrations are International Economics and Finance. Nick worked as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon) prior to graduate school and entered Stanford University focused on international security, specifically the United States’ role in a dynamic global theatre. A class on the most recent financial crisis clarified the extent to which national security and markets are interconnected. He has been immersed in international economics and finance ever since. Nick is a teaching assistant for Micro and Macroeconomics and is developing content for Stanford’s Intro to Economics MOOC. He is also a research assistant at SIEPR and currently works with California pension data. Last summer he was a FISCal Fellow, and conducted regulatory and financial analysis on San Jose's $6 billion bond portfolio. During the summer of 2012 Nick worked in the Philippines with Innovations for Poverty Action on a mobile phone savings platform. Nick was born and raised in Papua New Guinea and has traveled extensively throughout the globe. He loves the outdoors, especially skiing fresh powder. After earning his degrees in Spring 2015 he hopes to work in the Bay Area in investments and portfolio mangement. In the long run he plans to run for political office and be of service.