School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

James Ypma, MPA '01

Health Trainer
Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network of West Michigan

James Ypma James Ypma trains the staff of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse System in health policies, practice and methods. This includes medications, infection control, CPR-First-Aid, pathophysiology, drugs of abuse, and disease processes, just to name a few.

"The GVSU MPA program gave me, I believe, the skills and competencies I need to work effectively and ethically in the processes of governance. I have a better understanding of the challenges that public agencies face in an environment of reduced budgets, and ever changing healthcare system policies. When I attend meetings at work, I can now engage my contemporaries with confidence and knowledge of the process, including policy development, management and finance issues! A great feeling!"

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