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Current Students

Robin Baker
Ms. Baker received her Masters in Sociology from Portland State University, where she focused on women who had been formerly incarcerated and their experiences reintegrating into the community, including family relations, employment and housing experiences, and opportunities to find and activate the supports necessary for successful reintegration. Since entering the Health Systems and Policy doctoral program, Ms. Baker has worked with Dr. Rissi researching the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program in Oregon and has taught courses in health systems, leadership, and civic engagement.  Her current research interests include primary care for those with serious mental illnesses, the integration of behavioral and primary health care, and the policy and organizational factors that can impact the implementation of integrated services.
She hopes her dissertation will explore how clinics incorporate effective strategies to provide integrated care to persons living with serious mental illness and the factors that impede or facilitate the adoption and sustainability of those strategies. Ms. Baker chose the Health Systems and Policy PhD program because of the knowledgeable faculty, the rich opportunities for health care research, and its location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Courtney Crane
Ms. Crane received two Masters degrees, one in Family Studies and one in Public Health, from Eastern Illinois University. She is interested in maternal and child health with an emphasis on maternal birth experiences and breastfeeding outcomes.
Ms. Crane is following her interests in maternal and child health and is potentially considering how policy impacts and shapes experiences of breastfeeding as well as the outcomes. She chose the Health Systems and Policy doctoral program to pursue a career in research.
Carl Foreman
Carl Foreman is completing his dissertation which evaluates the implementation of Oregon’s Evidence-Based Practice legislative mandate on inpatient behavioral health outcomes and county adoption of practices. Carl has over ten years behavioral health clinical experience and currently evaluates state health program effectiveness as a performance auditor with the State of Oregon. Current research interests focus on the impact of health financing and policy on organizational service delivery and clinical outcomes. Mr. Foreman chose the Health Systems and Policy program for its expert faculty and unique interdisciplinary flexibility allowing candidates to focus on several quantitative research methodologies. 
Kweku Wilson
Mr. Wilson is interested in primary care access, quality and cost, the patient-centered primary care home model, health policy and health system analyses, policy implementation and evaluation, and continuous quality improvement methods. His dissertation is titled, Health Risks in Medical Homes and their Effects on Cost Sensitive Outcomes of Care: A Focus on Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes in Oregon.
Mr. Wilson chose the Health Systems and Policy program to improve his knowledge about the theories, models and principles of health policy and health system, to hone his skills in health policy research, and to gain relevant practical experience in the development and implementation of health policy in a health system environment as well as the analysis and evaluation of the effects of such policies.