PRA Culture

Multicolored confetti in a blue room

25 years…it goes by in a flash. When I started at PRA in 1993, I was 1 of 12 employees. At that time, PRA was a small one-story building at 262 Delaware Avenue. When we moved to 345 Delaware Avenue in 2000, the old building was leveled and the CVS was built in its place.… Read More


Have You Ever Heard of Elmer Ellsworth_

The history of the United States is directly linked to the history of the Capital District. Not only is Albany the oldest active city charter still in operation today,[1] innovations such as the telegraph, the electric motor, the steamboat, and the railroad were first established here.[2] Many of us were taught in grade school of… Read More


Towel, lotion, candle, and flowers on a table

For many women, a domestic violence experience is an immediate cause of homelessness. Women that are struggling to survive and escape the stress and chaos of their lives are foreign to the idea of pampering themselves. In contrast, many women that I know also have strong stressors in their lives and work hard to protect… Read More


People Standing, Texting

“If you’re middle-aged, she’s you. If you’re a millennial, she’s your mom.” I simply can’t get past this quote I read in Frank Bruni’s column the morning after the hearings for the open Supreme Court seat as it was like an arrow through my heart. The author of this statement is speaking about Dr. Christine… Read More


Running Series: Stop the Negative Self-talk

A recent article published by the Mayo Clinic outlines the tie between stress and negative self-talk.  As someone who has never considered myself to be athletic, largely due to my very negative experiences in my grade school gym classes, I have found myself engaged in frequent negative self-talk. My grade school gym teacher was tough,… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Occupational and Physical Wellness

Since 1949, May has been a national observance month for mental health. During Mental Health Month, awareness is raised about the impact of mental health conditions on individuals, families, and communities. Recognizing the importance of this observance, WellStaff@PRA, Policy Research Associates’ staff wellness committee, organized its first annual Mental Health Awareness Step Challenge in 2017.… Read More


Chan and Katie at the March for Our Lives

The Parkland shootings raised our nation’s consciousness about gun violence in ways that were previously unseen. That event and the ensuing national debate over gun control and responsible gun ownership was the catalyst for much discussion among colleagues, friends, and family for many of us. Most notable for me, however, was the ongoing dialogue with… Read More


Writing for Wellness - Environmental Wellness

I am a beach child at heart. I grew up on the shores of Long Island and spent most of my summers making kelp bracelets, searching the sand for pieces of sea glass, and pretending that I was a dolphin, diving in and out of the waves. For me, a good beach is a full… Read More


Two women at a large concert

Last year, I lost a friend to an opioid use disorder. I think about her every day: who she was when I knew her best; what kind of a life she could have had; how, even though it was improbable (but not impossible), we could have reconnected and rekindled our friendship. This year, I am… Read More