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USDA's Summer Food Demonstration Program Helps Combat Child Hunger, Study Finds


eating lunch A government demonstration program to provide school-age children from low-income households with meals and snacks during the summer months showed a 33 percent decrease in the rate of very low food security in the demonstration's second year, according to a new study conducted by Abt and Mathematica Policy Research.


The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children demonstration, funded by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, is aimed at reducing childhood hunger during the summer, when children may not have access to the free- and reduced-priced school meals that they receive during the school year.


Study Estimates that 4.3 Million Prescriptions for Painkillers Were Diverted to Illicit Use by 

"Doctor Shoppers"


doctor writing prescription Almost one percent of all buyers of addictive pain medications in the U.S. were estimated to be "doctor shoppers" who bought large amounts, presumably for illicit use, according to a study from Abt Associates published in the journal PLOS ONE. This is the first national estimate of opioid medications obtained by persons who seek prescriptions for the same drugs from different physicians without telling them about other prescribers.  



Wajibika Project Strengthens Local Leadership in Tanzania


wajibika mentors Wajibika, an Abt Associates-led, USAID-funded initiative, has provided support and resources to the government of Tanzania over the past couple of years. Under the country's Decentralization by Devolution program, the project has helped the government strengthen local authorities and their management capacity. 


Wajibika, which means "be accountable" in Kiswahili, assists the country's local councils with their planning, financial management, procurement, and audit practices. The project's efforts have created major improvements in communities across Tanzania.

Abt's GxAlert Innovation Allows TB Test Results to be Distributed in Seconds

setting up GX AlertAbt Associates' GxAlert Initiative can greatly improve the TB test reporting times and information sharing from GeneXpert rapid TB testing machines, hundreds of which are being deployed around the world. GxAlert is housed in a USB drive modem and can be set up on GeneXpert-brand rapid testing machines in 15 minutes.  


Upcoming Conferences


6th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

October 6 - 11, 2013 | Booth 40 


APHA Annual Meeting

November 2 - 6, 2013 | Booth 1123 


APPAM Fall Research Conference 

November 7 - 9, 2013


International Conference on Family Planning

November 12 - 15, 2013  


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In the News  


The Challenge of Creating a Unified Organizational Strategy

A New York Times column discussing the challenges that chief executives face quoted Abt's President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan on how she successfully created a 'one company' culture. 



For Students with Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More than Just a Trade

Abt Associates' Todd Grindal, in a blog he co-authored for The Huffington Post, discussed the advantages of career and technical education and the benefits of such programs for students with disabilities and students who do not want to attend college. 


Quality of NYS Nursing Homes Improves 

An article published in Newsday about nursing homes in New York shared a study conducted by Abt Associates which shows that though their overall quality has improved, the number of highly ranked facilities in the state has decreased. 

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Brian Roehmer Brian Roemer has been named as vice president and general counsel at Abt Associates. In this capacity, Roemer is responsible for managing the company's legal matters.    
Jacob Klerman Jacob Klerman, Principal Associate and Senior Fellow, was recently named Interim Editor of Evaluation ReviewThe journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, planners, and policymakers who develop, implement, and utilize studies designed to improve the human condition.
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Shalu Umapathy, a senior analyst in International Health, was recently selected for a prestigious IDEO fellowship. IDEO.org is nonprofit social innovation organization that uses a holistic human-centered design approach to address problems of poverty. 

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