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Sandra Levitsky Named 2008 Winner of John Heinz Dissertation Award

Erin Strumpf Wins Honorable Mention

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2008
Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is pleased to announce Sandra Levitsky as winner of the 16th Annual John Heinz Dissertation Award. Levitsky, currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, wrote her dissertation, “Private Dilemmas of Public Provision: The Formation of Political Demand for State Entitlements to Long-Term Care,” while she was a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The dissertation was nominated for the award by Mark Suchman, a Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, will be presented during the National Academy of Social Insurance’s 20th Annual Conference on January 31, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Teresa and John Heinz Fund of the Heinz Family Foundation supports the award.

An honorable mention was awarded to Erin Strumpf, currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. She wrote her dissertation, “Employment, Health Insurance, and Health Care for Vulnerable Populations: Early Retirees, Low-Income Adults, and Racial/Ethnic Minorities,” while she was a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy at Harvard University. Her thesis was nominated by Thomas G. McGuire, Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School.

The John Heinz Dissertation Award is issued in honor of Senator John Heinz. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he helped chart the Social Security rescue effort in 1983 and worked tirelessly to insulate the Social Security Trust Funds from the rest of the Federal budget. John Heinz was a leading expert in the Senate on private pensions and health care and aging policy. He was a member of the Academy’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986.

NASI will soon be accepting nominations for the 2009 Heinz Award. To obtain application forms and additional information visit www.nasi.org or contact Pamela Larson (202) 452-8097, or by email at plarson@nasi.org.

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The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policymaking on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas.
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