IU Grand Challenges Program
An Indiana MBA and attorney, and now Ph.D. student, Felix Rippy has recently undertaken PhD studies through Indiana University (IU) and the SPEA program after Felix Rippy graduated second in his Kelley School of Business Class at IU Bloomington. In addition, Felix Rippy completed the Certificate in Public Management program at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which has announced that several faculty members are leading the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative as part of IU Grand Challenges research program.
Felix Rippy notes that the IU Grand Challenges program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing the residents of Indiana. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative seeks to help Indiana’s farmers, businesses, and communities prepare for the effects of climate change. These include heavy spring flooding and hotter summers, as well as less noticeable effects, such as altered migratory patterns and the spread of such diseases as Lyme disease and the Zika virus.
To mitigate the damage to Indiana’s public health system and agricultural production, 12 IU faculty will serve on the steering committee of the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative. The initiative will result in the creation of an Environmental Resilience Institute at the university to predict how these threats might impact the state and foster collaboration across multiple sectors to find solutions to the pressing challenges of environmental change. Felix Rippy fully supports this initiative and the SPEA school’s involvement with the government and business communities.
Felix Rippy is a longtime Indiana legal professional who has attended Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and will soon be working toward a doctoral degree. Admitted to the Florida International University PhD program in Public Policy and Public Administration, Felix Rippy recently attended a university sponsored event in Miami.
The Transatlantic Dialogue Symposium encompassed public policy analysts spanning Europe and the United States, and brought focus to issues such as health care rights and sustainable public safety. One major issue facing those focused on transatlantic issues is the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
This is particularly important considering the cultural and historic links between the UK and United States, and the “special relationship” that has existed for decades. Post-Brexit, it seems likely that America will have to navigate a more multifarious landscape when negotiating issues with the EU. This extends from trade to shared defense under NATO. The UK will lose its seat on the European Council, and thus its status as a primary point of contact for the United States in general European affairs. Felix Rippy visited at the conference with Dr. Milena Neshkova, an Indiana Ph.D. now head of graduate programs at Florida International University.
While this change may be disruptive, the potential is there for America to develop a more nuanced relationship with EU partners that will reflect a totality of views and strategic objectives.
Since 2015, Felix Rippy has studied at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In preparation for his future professional pursuits, Felix Rippy recently traveled to Washington, DC, to attend one of SPEA’s Career Exploration and Networking Trips (CNETs).
Offered annually in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Washington, DC, the CNETs present SPEA students with opportunities to plan and prepare for their future careers. On the trips, students meet with representatives from several business sectors and gain practical knowledge in pursuing specific career paths. Students also have the opportunity to make connections that may benefit them when they enter the workforce.
Each trip includes a networking event with SPEA alumni from government agencies such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. SPEA alumni from companies such as Deloitte Consulting have also attended past CNET events.
Felix Rippy recently attended the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue sponsored in Miami, FL, by Florida International University, where Felix Rippy will soon be pursuing his Ph.D. Indiana University has also offered Felix Rippy a highly competitive seminar in Sweden to learn Swedish healthcare policy for possible American implementation, that has provided Sweden with a higher average income and higher life expectancy than the United States.
Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program
For more than 20 years, Felix Rippy has served as a partner at the Rippy Law Firm in Mason, Texas. Felix Rippy holds a JD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which offers a Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program.
Giving students the unique opportunity to obtain an international business education through courses at both the Kelley School of Business and the Alliance Manchester Business School (MBS) in the United Kingdom, the Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program allows students to take half their courses online through the Kelley School of Business and the other half through workshops led by senior faculty at MBS Alliance centers around the globe. Students can choose to take workshops at an MBS Alliance Center in Dubai, São Paulo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Singapore.
Through the Kelley/Manchester Global MBA Program, students can broaden their perspectives and learn about business cultures around the world. Upon graduation, students earn two MBA degrees – one from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and one from the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Swedish Health Care
Felix Rippy is a founding partner at Rippy, Henderson & Taylor, PC, where he has spent more than two decades handling civil cases, accruing more family law clients than any lawyer in the history of his home county. Now a graduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Felix Rippy is participating in a study abroad program in Sweden covering that country’s health care policy.
Though it has one of the highest costs of living in Europe, Sweden also boasts a health care policy that has increased the living standards of its citizens. Numerous other nations use the Swedish health care system as a model for their own due to its inclusivity and scope.
Sweden spends less than 10 percent of its total GDP on healthcare, but has created policies that ensure access to healthcare for all. In Sweden, citizens and expats are entitled to healthcare through the nation’s 20 city councils. This decentralized system ensures each community works to provide quality care to its residents, whether they have regular medical needs or are living with disabilities.
These policies also help minimize the overall cost of care. When seeking medical care, adults pay for their services at low out-of-pocket costs. Generally, visits to the physician cost less than SEK 250 (28 USD) and hospital stays will set them back SEK 100 (11 USD) per day.
As a result, Sweden has seen an increase in life expectancy and birth rates while simultaneously experiencing a reduction in mortality. The country is taking further steps to better its health care system by providing improved specialized services to patients as well as increasing patient safety.