Safety Net Advancement Center

Beginning in Fall 2015, the Nexus Lab has partnered with ASU's School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and several health care delivery reform consultants from across the country to create a web-based resource hub for health care safety net organizations, or community health organizations that serve primarily uninsured or underserved patients. This project, The National Safety Net Advancement Center, is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and aims to transform and catalyze the ability of safety net organizations to respond to service delivery and payment reform challenges in health care’s evolving financial and delivery environment. This will be accomplished by leveraging new and existing knowledge into actionable solutions for safety net organizations. Specifically, the Center aspires to achieve three goals.

1) Provide a clearing house for any topic related to service delivery and payment reform
2) Establish a collaborative network for safety net organizations to study and learn about specific issues related to service delivery and payment reform
3) Develop new knowledge and solutions for service delivery and payment reform problems

Since the kickoff of the project this fall, the Nexus Lab is working alongside ASU College of Health Solutions partners to assess the needs of safety net organizations with regards to most needed resources, and developing a content strategy and information architecture for an online learning resource center and coordinating services and products.

Affiliated Organizations

Project Director(s)

Dawn Opel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Bio

Dawn Opel is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Nexus Lab and Computational Innovation Group, and a recent PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. She also holds a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Dawn's research is positioned in three areas: digital rhetoric, technical communication, and the digital humanities. She studies objects in digital spaces and the built environment, from new media texts such as image macros, to technical communication such as packaging design and retail displays, to digital tools and platforms designed for digital humanities projects. Her work involves designing and making these objects as a digital rhetorician and technical communicator. From her perspective as a digital creator, attorney, and feminist scholar, she focuses on social justice and ethical concerns as they relate to the user experience with, and social circulation of, these digital objects and spaces.

Dawn holds a joint appointment with ASU-Polytechnic's Technical Communication program, and currently teaches ENG 445/545: Content Management and Topic Based Web Authoring. Dawn has also taught courses in new media for ASU's Film & Media Studies program, as well as writing courses for ASU Writing Programs, with emphasis on multimodal composition and writing for the professions.

Michael Simeone

Director of Data Science and Analytics, Hayden Library

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William Riley, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery

Project Team

Michael Simeone

Director of Data Science and Analytics, Hayden Library

Headliner Info

Dawn Opel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Headliner Info

Bio

Dawn Opel is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Nexus Lab and Computational Innovation Group, and a recent PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. She also holds a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Dawn's research is positioned in three areas: digital rhetoric, technical communication, and the digital humanities. She studies objects in digital spaces and the built environment, from new media texts such as image macros, to technical communication such as packaging design and retail displays, to digital tools and platforms designed for digital humanities projects. Her work involves designing and making these objects as a digital rhetorician and technical communicator. From her perspective as a digital creator, attorney, and feminist scholar, she focuses on social justice and ethical concerns as they relate to the user experience with, and social circulation of, these digital objects and spaces.

Dawn holds a joint appointment with ASU-Polytechnic's Technical Communication program, and currently teaches ENG 445/545: Content Management and Topic Based Web Authoring. Dawn has also taught courses in new media for ASU's Film & Media Studies program, as well as writing courses for ASU Writing Programs, with emphasis on multimodal composition and writing for the professions.

Mac McCullough
Niraj Patel
Kailey Love