Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, June 22, 2018

2017 alumnus' MPA/MPH paper published

2017 alumnus' MPA/MPH paper published

The Health Behavior and Policy Review has published a paper by Joseph Bates (MPA/MPH ’17), Key Stakeholder Responses to Impaired Server Ordinances in Selected Wisconsin Municipalities. The paper, with Robert J. McDermott, was Bates’ MPA/MPH capstone project.

In the paper, Bates and McDermott focus on key stakeholder experiences with impaired server ordinances in selected Wisconsin municipalities and address policymaker implications. Law enforcement officials and tavern personnel agreed that these ordinances reflected best practice; yet, they were not enforcement priorities.

These stakeholders acknowledged that ordinance awareness alone might improve server behavior; however, more research is needed to inform decision-makers on best practices for decreasing alcohol abuse in Wisconsin, Bates and McDermott, a former UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty member, reported.

Health Behavior and Policy Review is a rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly publication that seeks manuscripts on health behavior or policy topics that represent original research, including papers that examine the development, advocacy, implementation, or evaluation of policies around specific health issues.

Bates received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, where he was an honors student and scholarship athlete on the men’s varsity tennis team. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he traveled throughout the United States and other countries, competing on the Pro Tennis Circuit and was the assistant men’s tennis coach for the Wisconsin Badgers.