JUPPIBondiMeetingSMALL03.JPGBy Christina Kelso

JU Communications sophomore

The importance of making sure Florida’s next generation of leaders is up to speed on public policy matters isn’t lost on state Attorney General Pam Bondi, who recently addressed the JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI) Board of Advisors.

Bondi told the audience, which included the board and JU PPI faculty, that public policy matters have been interwoven throughout complex Florida issues she’s tackled, such as human trafficking, prescription drug abuse, pill mills, the mortgage crisis, the BP oil spill and the selling of synthetic drugs.JUPPIBondiMeetingSMALL11.JPG

She applauded the JU PPI’s efforts, and offered to return to the Institute as a guest speaker for JU PPI students.

Also addressing the board and faculty at the meeting on Thursday, April 25, was Jason Altmire, Florida Blue senior vice president of public policy, government and community affairs, who discussed  national and state health care policy.

JUPPIBondiMeetingSMALL09.JPGAltmire, who joined Florida Blue this year and served three terms as a U.S. Congressman, focused on the development and application of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The JU Public Policy Institute is offering the first Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and MPP dual degree programs in Florida. It will welcome it first class of students in August 2013.

For more information on the JU PPI or to apply, visit www.ju.edu/ppi.