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UMD Study Finds Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce ER Use

May 6, 2015
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418
Hillery Tsumba 301-628-3425

Montgomery County, Md. Initiative Could Improve Health, Reduce Costs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in Maryland. A University of Maryland School of Public Health study evaluating the results of the intervention was published this week in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs

For twenty years, use of hospital emergency departments has been on the rise in the United States, particularly among low-income patients who face barriers to accessing health care outside of hospitals, including not having an identifiable primary health care provider. Almost half of emergency room visits are considered “avoidable.” The Emergency Department-Primary Care Connect Initiative of the Primary Care Coalition, which ran from 2009 through 2011, linked low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to safety-net health clinics. 

“Our study found that uninsured patients with chronic health issues – such as those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, asthma, COPD, congestive heart failure, depression or anxiety – relied less on the emergency department after they were linked to a local health clinic for ongoing care,” says Dr. Karoline Mortensen, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and senior researcher. “Connecting patients to primary care and expanding the availability of these safety-net clinics could reduce emergency department visits and provide better continuity of care for vulnerable populations.”  

Funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the initiative engaged all five of the hospitals operating in Montgomery County, Maryland at the time, and four safety-net clinics serving low-income patients. Using “patient navigators,” individuals trained to help patients find the care they need and can afford, these hospitals referred more than 10,000 low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients who visited emergency departments to four local primary care clinics, with the goal of encouraging them to establish an ongoing relationship with the clinic and reduce their reliance on costly emergency department care. 

Two hospitals in Montgomery County who participated in the intervention continued the program after the initial grant period concluded because of the benefits they saw for patients and for reducing emergency department visits and associated costs. These hospitals are currently testing a new version of the intervention specifically deigned to link emergency department patients with behavioral health conditions to appropriate community-based services. 

While hospital administrators and health policy experts throughout the country are recognizing that access to primary care improves continuity of care for patients and reduces avoidable use of emergency departments, the implications of this project are particularly important for hospitals in Maryland, which are now operating under a unique all-payer model for hospital payments. Within this new payment structure, Maryland hospitals will have to meet ambitious spending, quality of care, and population health goals. Reducing avoidable use of emergency departments can help in reaching these goals.

The project provides promise not only for hospitals in Maryland but throughout the nation to improve health care experiences and outcomes for their patients. Shared learning systems were an integral component of the project so participants were learning from each other and sharing best practices throughout the project and that learning has now been documented and can be replicated in other communities.

“This was an incredibly rewarding project to work on,” says Barbara H. Eldridge, Manager of Quality Improvement at the Primary Care Coalition. “We created a learning system that permits us to sustain improved communication between patients and their providers, between hospital discharge planners and community based clinics, and across five hospitals operating in Montgomery County.” The initiative has proven successful in Montgomery County, Maryland and is being replicated in communities in other parts of the country. 

“Linking Uninsured Patients Treated In The Emergency Department To Primary Care Shows Some Promise In Maryland” was written by Theresa Y. Kim, Karoline Mortensen, and Barbara Eldridge and published in the journal Health Affairs

University Launches Dynamic, Interactive Information Website UMD Right Now

December 4, 2012
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown 301-405-4618 crystalb@umd.edu

College Park, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland launched a brand-new multimedia news and information portal, UMD Right Now, which provides members of the media and the public with real-time information on the university and its extended community.

UMD Right Now replaces Newsdesk, which previously served as the university’s news hub and central resource for members of the media. The new site is aimed at reaching broader audiences and allows visitors to keep up with the latest Maryland news and events, view photos and videos and connect with the university across all of its social media platforms.

“We designed UMD Right Now to be a comprehensive, vibrant site where visitors can find new and exciting things happening at Maryland,” said Linda Martin, executive director, Web and New Media Strategies. “Through social media, video, photos and news information, we hope to engage visitors and compel the community to explore all that Maryland has to offer.”

The new website, umdrightnow.umd.edu, contains up-to-date news releases and announcements, facts and figures about the university, a searchable database of faculty and staff experts, information highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship at UMD, additional resources for news media and other campus and athletics news.

“UMD RightNow is the place to go to find out all the things happening on and around campus on any given day,” said Crystal Brown, chief communications officer. “This website brings real-time news, events and information right to your fingertips.”

For more information and contact information for the Office of University Communications, please visit umdrightnow.umd.edu.

UMD Study Shows Extreme Heat & Precipitation Are Increasing Salmonella Infections

June 29, 2015
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418

Coastal communities are most vulnerable, according to UMD School of Public Health

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Extreme heat and precipitation events, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of salmonella infections, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study is the first to provide empirical evidence that salmonella infections related to extreme weather events are disproportionately impacting those living in the coastal areas of Maryland.

Dr. Amir Sapkota, associate professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health“We found that extremely hot days and periods of extreme rainfall are contributing to salmonella infections in Maryland, with the most dramatic impacts being seen in the coastal communities,” said Dr. Amir Sapkota, associate professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH). “As we prepare for the future, we need to take this differential burden into account.”

Salmonella, a group of food- and waterborne bacteria, is commonly found in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and unwashed produce. Salmonella causes an estimated 1.2 million cases of acute gastroenteritis (aka “stomach flu,” with symptoms including diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps) in the United States each year. In Maryland, more than 9,500 cases of Salmonella infections (confirmed by cultures) were reported to the health department between 2002 and 2012. Past studies have suggested a connection between weather (temperature and rainfall) and salmonella infections, also known as salmonellosis.

This new study identified extreme heat and precipitation events during 2002-2012 and linked them with the salmonella infections data from the health department. The extreme events were identified using  ~30 years of weather data (from 1960-1989) as the baseline. The research team, which included environmental epidemiologists, microbiologists, earth system scientists and officials from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), observed that a one-unit increase in extreme heat and precipitation was associated with 4.1 percent and 5.6 percent increases in the risk of salmonellosis, respectively. The observed risk was considerably higher in coastal areas compared to non-coastal areas of Maryland: 5.1 percent versus 1.5 percent for extreme heat events, and 7.1 percent versus 3.6 percent for extreme precipitation events.

Salmonella

Published in the interdisciplinary journal Environment International, the study highlights the need to engage public health practitioners and policy makers to prepare for and respond to climate change-associated adverse health effects at local, state, and national levels.

Climate Change, Extreme Events and Increased Risk of Salmonellosis: Evidence for Coastal Vulnerability,” is published in the journal Environment International and written by Chengsheng Jiang, Kristi S. Shaw, Crystal Romeo Upperman, David Blythe, Clifford Mitchell, Raghu Murtugudde, Amy R. Sapkota, Amir Sapkota.

UMD Named To President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

June 26, 2015
Contacts: 

Craig Slack 301-314-7164

Corporation for National and Community Service Recognizes UMD’s
Commitment to Volunteering, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named the University of Maryland to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  UMD was recognized for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was created in 2006 and inspired by the thousands of college students who travelled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the CNCS recognizes hundreds of institutions each year for their achievements in overall community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education.

As a land-grant institution, community service is deeply embedded in the mission of UMD across academic, student and administrative divisions. Through projects and programs such as Change the World, Partners and Print, Justice for Juniors, and Terp Service Days, UMD strives to enrich students’ educational experience and positively impact the community. More than 11,000 UMD students spend a total of 210,000 hours engaging in community service every year with close to 2,500 dedicating at least 20 hours.  

“The University of Maryland is proud to be recognized for the importance we place on volunteering and service-learning among students, faculty and staff,” said Craig Slack, Assistant Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Director of Leadership and Community-Service Learning. “UMD plays a vital role in addressing local community challenges, achieving meaningful results and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.” 

UMD’s commitment to curricular service-learning is evidenced by the work of many committed faculty members. Faculty members in multiple disciplines base their research in local community settings and engage students in their research endeavors. Dedication to co-curricular community service endeavors are carried out through a variety of programs, including vibrant living and learning programs, programs offered through the Leadership and Community Service-Learning unit, faith communities, the Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Residence Life, University Athletics, the Alumni Association, and many multicultural and multiethnic offices across campus. Just one living and learning program at the university, which includes service as a major component of its curriculum, reaches over one-third of incoming first-year students.

University of Maryland Named to 2015 Class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities

June 24, 2015
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Honors 18 Public Institutions
Committed to Economic Engagement

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been named to the 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The designation honors 18 universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.  

“Public universities serve as economic engines for their local communities and states by conducting cutting edge research to reach new breakthroughs and developing the talent to help existing businesses grow stronger and enabling new ones to develop and thrive,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “The 18 institutions in the 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities serve as wonderful models of how public research universities extend beyond their campuses to engage their communities in economic development that create jobs and improve lives.” 

Each university received the designation after conducting a thorough self-review with outside stakeholder input and submitting an application that went through a rigorous independent review process. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Tech Council, Maryland Space Business Roundtable and Maryland Economic Development Association provided input. 

“Congratulations to President Loh and the university on this well-deserved recognition,” said Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Secretary Mike Gill. “Whether educating students who make history, developing new technologies that change lives, or empowering communities to grow and thrive, the University of Maryland has been a catalyst for innovation and economic prosperity in Maryland for generations. I’m proud to call UMD a partner in our economic development efforts.”

Scoring was based on a range of criteria emphasizing universities’ development of economic engagement enterprise, planning efforts around economic engagement, strategic communications around these efforts, and participation in encouraging economic engagement among peer institutions. UMD produces the largest number of STEM graduates in the state of Maryland and the Greater Washington D.C. region and is a leader in cyber security research and education with partners such as Northrup Grumman. Additionally, UMD recently announced plans for Greater College Park, an initiative to tie together efforts for a reimagined campus community with dynamic academic spaces, a vibrant downtown and a public-private research hub. 

“The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is proud of the University of Maryland for achieving this prestigious recognition,” said Brien Poffenberger, President and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the university on numerous projects and initiatives, and are honored to assist in the assessment and improvement of its economic development outreach programs.”

"I am thrilled that the hard work of the faculty, staff and students at UMD in engaging communities across Maryland is being recognized,” said Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at UMD and chair of the work group that produced the year-long self-study. “You get a sense of the growing outreach in College Park with the many construction cranes now visible, but the study demonstrated the good work UMD is engaged in away from campus in Frederick, Baltimore and the Eastern Shore."

The University of Maryland joins seven Big Ten institutions that are certified Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities.

No 'Heckler's Veto' in Online Ratings of Doctors, UMD Study Shows

June 22, 2015
Contacts: 

Greg Muraski 301-405-5283 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Doctors have many concerns about online crowdsourced ratings which are intended to make patients better-informed consumers of health care, but this is a big one: They worry that complainers will be the most outspoken contributors to rating sites, skewing scores and resulting in a heckler's veto.

A new study from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland finds that fear is unwarranted. Researchers compared the ratings of 1,425 doctors in three metropolitan areas — Denver, Kansas City and Memphis — on the popular site RateMDs.com against thorough surveys of patient satisfaction conducted by Checkbook.org, a nonprofit consumer research organization. The surveys were designed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The study confirmed that there was a correlation between the online ratings and the more thorough examinations of patient satisfaction. This suggests that the ratings were representative of a broad spectrum of the patient population. More surprisingly, physicians who did poorly in the government evaluations tended to receive fewer online ratings than those who did well - the opposite of what one would expect if patients with bad experiences dominated the ratings. 

"The concern that ratings aggregation sites will become digital soapboxes for disgruntled patients appears to be unfounded," wrote Gordon Gao and Ritu Agarwal of the Smith School, Brad N. Greenwood of Temple University (and a Smith PhD), and Jeffrey McCullough of the University of Minnesota in the study. Agarwal and Gao co-direct the Smith School's Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS).

In other areas of the economy, unhappy customers tend to be the most vocal. Why might that not be true in health care? The authors offer several possible explanations. First, it's conceivable that the patients of the worst doctors might have less access to the Internet or be less familiar with online reviews. Second, patients might be worried that if they leave reviews, health-care providers might retaliate against them in some way, even if the reviews are anonymous. Finally, customers might just evaluate health care in a different way than they evaluate products on Amazon.

The effectiveness of online ratings is a subject of intense interest that is only increasing: 37 percent of patients have consulted a ratings website when they sought healthcare. According to the new study, online star ratings tended to be most helpful for distinguishing doctors in the middle 50 percent of performance (as measured by the government surveys). A "hyperbole effect" was evident for doctors in the highest-performing and lowest-performing quartiles: Their rankings tended to group together, meaning that small differences in star ratings had no significance.

One caveat is that the study was limited to an evaluation of patient satisfaction, as opposed to objective measures of patient outcomes or protocols doctors followed. A study published in the February 2015 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine by Gao and four co-authors found little statistically significant connections between patient ratings on eight websites and objective measures involving 1,299 internists.

“This is what we should keep in mind: A very high score in patient satisfaction is not wholly connected with clinical quality,” Gao says. “If you want to use the online ratings to infer how good a doctor is clinically, take them with a grain of salt.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are working on an online resource that would allow consumers to compare data on health-care outcomes of different physicians, called the Physician Compare Initiative, but it remains controversial because doctors doubt it will be possible to correct for things such as the general health of a physicians' patients and whether patients adhere to doctors' recommendations.

The study, “Vocal Minority and Silent Majority: How Do Online Ratings Reflect Population Perceptions of Quality," is forthcoming in MIS Quarterly: http://go.umd.edu/ZTL.

UMD Selects Finney’s "Head Off & Split" as 2015-2016 First Year Book

June 22, 2015
Contacts: 

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland has selected “Head Off & Split,” by Nikky Finney as the 2015-2016 First Year Book.  

The First Year Book is selected each year to provide first-year students, faculty and staff a shared intellectual experience. UMD selects a featured book that provides an opportunity for the university community to look at a topic, issue or experience from different perspectives, from the sciences to the humanities and across diverse historical backgrounds, cultures, and ideologies.

The 2015-2016 First Year Book, “Head Off & Split,” is written by Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. Finney, described as “one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today,” takes the reader from the bus seat of Rosa Parks to the piano bench of Condoleezza Rice, into the mind of a U.S. President and onto the roof where a family has been stranded by Hurricane Katrina.  This book addresses important moments in American history in a way that challenges the reader to look deeply at race and identity from the past and to the present.  

In addition to the book, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland commissioned a new poem, “The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy,” from Nikky Finney. These two works, powerfully interconnected, delve deeply into American heritage and draw a full circle back to the important issues faced today. 

Faculty and staff may pick up the book in 2110 Marie Mount Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Any inquiries about the book or program collaboration during the 2015-2016 academic year can be directed to 301-405-9980 or firstyearbook@umd.edu.  For more information on the First Year Book program, visit www.fyb.umd.edu. 

Study Shows Fathers Are Continuing to Spend More Time with Their Children

June 19, 2015
Contacts: 

Kelly Blake 301-405-9418

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Fathers’ time spent caring for children increased dramatically over the 46-year period between 1965-2011, jumping from an average of 2.5 hours per week in 1965 to 7.3 hours per week in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center study.  Now, a new study by Dr. Sandra Hofferth, professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Department of Family Science, shows that fathers’ time spent with children has continued to climb over the past decade from 2003 to 2013.

“The good news is that fathers overall continue to spend more time with their children, which is great for kids,” Dr. Hofferth says. “And the increased time was not just spent engaged in play, but also notably in the amount of time fathers spent on routine care and family management.”

By analyzing American Time Use Survey data collected from a national sample of more than 20,000 men ages 18 to 64 who were living with children under age 18 between 2003-2013, Hofferth’s research team found that unemployed married fathers  and men who were sole caregivers were more likely to spend time caring for children than married employed fathers. Fathers in dual-earner couples were more likely to engage in child care than those in sole male-earner couples, who were the least likely to report any child care time.

They also looked at changes in fathers’ chance of spending any time in child care related to the economic recession of December 2007 to June 2009. Not surprisingly, fathers’ care of children increased as their employment declined, with single fathers increasing their child care the most. The proportion of fathers reporting primary child care rose during the recession, but by 2013 had returned to pre-recessionary levels.

The study additionally examined the amount of child care time spent by those engaged in child care.  Fathers overall significantly increased time spent caring for children over the entire period from 2003 to 2013, with fathers spending on average an additional 1.1 hours per week in child care time in the recovery (post-recession period) compared with the pre-recession period. The amount of child care time contributed by unemployed fathers was 40 to 55 minutes per day greater than that of employed fathers with employed wives.

To ensure that more men are able to spend time with their children, Dr. Hofferth suggests that employer policies that provide parental leave expressly for fathers would help. Women are the primary users of parental leave after childbirth, where available, she notes, but a study from Canada showed that when parental leave for fathers is provided on a “use it or lose it” basis, men were 250 percent more likely to use it and to spend time at home with children and on household tasks.

These data were first presented by Dr. Hofferth and doctoral candidate Yoonjoo Lee at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Time Use Research in Turku, Finland and are being presented at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Capitol Hill, on June 24 and at the National Institutes of Health on June 25, 2015.

Learn more at http://sph.umd.edu/news-item/study-shows-fathers-are-continuing-spend-mo...

Custom Battery Manufacturer, FlexEl, to Open State-of-the-Art-Facility in College Park

June 18, 2015
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown 301-405-4621

University of Maryland spin-out will bring 50 new jobs to Prince George’s County
as part of public-private partnership and advancements in Greater College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – FlexEl LLC, a custom battery solutions company, will open a research, development and manufacturing facility in Prince George’s County, Md.  FlexEl was spun out of the University of Maryland based upon a thin film battery technology in 2008. The company, which won the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year award in 2010 and launched as a startup at the University of Maryland, will lease more than 10,000 square-feet from the university. FlexEl currently has 10 full-time employees and plans to add an additional 50 new jobs over the next five years.

“FlexEl is an innovative company with tremendous potential and we are excited to be working with Prince George’s County and the University of Maryland to help FlexEl move to the next level of development,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “It is critical that we support home-grown companies like FlexEl that are working to develop the next generation of technology.” 

“The FlexEl story is a powerful example of how new technology and new jobs come from our labs to energize this region’s economy,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.  “We are proud of their innovation and entrepreneurship and happy to help anchor them in Greater College Park.”

Considered a major success story illustrating the University of Maryland’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, FlexEl was nurtured by its connections to UMD, which includes winning the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Invention of the Year Award in 2008 and UMD’s Business Plan Competition in 2009. During its inception, FlexEl used many of the startup resources available at UMD, including the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, legal resource center and Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) incubator space. FlexEl also relies on the university’s extensive diagnostic and analytical capabilities that are worth millions of dollars. Company leadership also turned to UMD faculty to serve as advisors and hired students as interns. 

FlexEl develops custom battery solutions for companies that have unique requirements that cannot be met by off-the-shelf batteries. They are embedded in the innovation teams of a few Fortune 500 companies and are helping them develop emerging technology products through battery innovation. The company has been optimizing its original thin film battery technology and expanding into adjacent battery technologies to develop solutions for wearable technology, medical devices, military applications, disposable consumer electronics, remote sensing devices and more.

“The relationship with the University of Maryland and the resources it has provided have been a critical part of our success, and we want to maintain this partnership as we grow to scale,” said FlexEl CEO Bob Proctor. “Our commercial traction is really at an inflection point that requires a significant facility in order to grow at the rate we see ahead of us. The innovation district solves that and the critical problem of attracting and maintaining extraordinary talent in College Park. This location provides state-of-the-art facilities, access to the College Park Metro station, a new, four-star hotel and relative proximity to both Baltimore and Washington, enabling employees to commute and for FlexEl to recruit from farther afield.”

In addition to serving as CEO, Proctor is also a founding member of Blu Venture Investors (BVI), a venture capital company that supports early stage entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  BVI has committed to host regular entrepreneur office hours for Maryland-based companies at the FlexEl location, in support of the growing and active startup scene in College Park.  

The news is celebrated as an economic win for the region and the State of Maryland.

“I am impressed with FlexEl and want to congratulate Dr. Loh and all the investment partners that lead to this exciting frontier for the University of Maryland.” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “FlexEl is a model that I know will inspire other enterprising ‘start-up’ local businesses to innovate as well as ‘set-up’ their headquarters in the same location that launched and invested in their businesses.   If Prince George’s County is to be the economic engine that we aspire to be, we want sprouting businesses to know we have their back and offer a total package of services designed to support their growth and sustainability.”  

FlexEl, which originated from the research of two UMD professors in the Clark School’s department of electrical and computer engineering, plans to move in to the College Park location in the fall. A ribbon cutting and tours for media will be scheduled shortly thereafter. 

UMD Law Enforcement Officials Build Trust and Take Proactive Approach with Local Youth

June 17, 2015
Contacts: 

Tricia Homer 301-852-0197
Gloria Aparicio Blackwell 301-405-5643

UMD Office of Community Engagement, University Police & UMD Athletics
to host basketball tournament on June 19

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The College Park Dream Team, a basketball partnership designed by the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland Police Department and University of Maryland Athletics, will host its quarterly tournament this Friday, June 19. Local law enforcement officials will take to the court with local teens to build trust, comradery and mutual respect. The program represents a vital co-mingling designed to decrease crime by encouraging youth to engage in positive behaviors through mentoring and education from police officers.

Sonia Chase, UMD alum, former WNBA player and CEO of Chase Your Dreams Inc. will serve as emcee for the overall tournament as part of the College Park Community Center’s popular Extreme Teens program. The first game tips-off at 7 p.m. and will feature officials from the University of Maryland Department Police Department (UMPD), Prince Georgeʼs County Police Department (PGPD), and Maryland-National Capital Park Police. During the event, PGPD COPS Officer Jaron Black and UMPD Lieutenant August Kenner will address youth on law enforcement-related topics.

Event sponsors include the Embry Center for Family Life, a community-based non-profit housed in Lakeland, UMD's Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland Police Department, Maryland Athletics, the Prince Georgeʼs County Police Department, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

The College Park Dream Team has benefitted in its design and implementation from the support of Chief of the University of Maryland Police Department, David Mitchell, and former Assistant Chief of Police for Prince George’s County Police Department Kevin Davis. The project enjoys strong support from the leadership of the participating law enforcement agencies, as well as support from leaders in College Parkʼs Lakeland neighborhood where the Dream Team’s target population resides. The program was designed by four law enforcement officials with experience in community/police basketball programs at the core of the Dream Team’s planning committee.

To learn more about the College Park Dream Team, visit http://vpaf.umd.edu/community/dreamteam.html. 

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June 30
Earth and Environmental Sciences specialty ranking jumps 20 spots. Read
June 29
Coastal communities are most vulnerable, according to UMD School of Public Health.  Read
June 26
Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes UMD's commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic... Read
June 24
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) honors 18 public institutions committed to economic... Read