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HPM Updates

Read below for a few highlights from the semester. 


FALL 2018

HPM student Tiffany Smith (MPH '19) completed her summer practicum assisting Impactivo Consulting in Puerto Rico. Click here to see her photo essay documenting the experience.

This fall HPM is excited to welcome four new faculty members: Julius ChenStephen CoussensJamie Daw and Kai Ruggeri.

HPM Professor and Department Chair Michael Sparer contributed to the discussion on the Medicaid buy-in in the Washington Post's PowerPost.

HPM Professor Paul Thurman collaborated with ICAP to develop and implement management and strategy courses for health leaders in Sierra Leone. 

HPM Professor John W. Rowe discussed his study comparing how different countries support aging populations in Quartz (September 2018).

HPM Professor Peter Muennig's paper "America's Declining Well-Being, Health, and Life Expectancy: Not Just a White Problem" appeared in The American Journal of Public Health (September 2018).

In September, HPM hosted a week-long non-degree program for 35 Chinese healthcare leaders in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce. This program offers healthcare policy and management training by providing a window into the US healthcare system and sharing best practices. The participants completed sessions in Comparative Health Policy, Strategic Management, Healthcare Quality, Health IT & Entrepreneurship and Managerial & Organizational Behavior, and took part in site visits at ColumbiaDoctors Midtown and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 

HPM Professors Larry Brown and Michael Sparer served as editors for a special issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, "The Underperforming US Health Care System: Revisiting the Conventional Wisdom" (October 2018). HPM Professors Miriam LaugesenPeter Muennig, and Adam Sacarny contributed articles to the issue.

HPM Professor Matthew Neidell discusses his study on the relationship between levels of New York City pollution and stock market returns in an article on (October 2018).

The Executive Masters of Healthcare Management Programs Class of 2018 celebrated their commencement on October 18 at the Morningside campus. Dr. Wayne Riley, President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and HPM NAB board member, delivered the commencement address.  

HPM Professor John W. Rowe weighed in on the significant drop in US birth rates on the podcast Knowledge@Wharton (October 2018). 

In an article in the Daily Beast, HPM Professor Irwin Redlener discussed the importance of Florida children returning to school following Hurricane Michael (October 2018). 

HPM Adjunct Professor Heather Butts appeared in a segment on New York Live to discuss the Little Free Library organization, supported by her non-profit H.E.A.L.T.H  for Youths Inc (November 2018).

HPM Professor Jamie Daw's article "Preconception Coverage Before and After the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions" was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (November 2018).  

Dr. Donna Lynne, HPM Adjunct Professor and current Colorado Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center, and Chief Executive Officer of ColumbiaDoctors, effective January 2019.

Congratulations to our 2018 HPM Award Winners!

The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship Award and The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Atef Rafiuddin, MHA '18
While studying at Columbia University, Atef held positions at both Mount Sinai Health System and NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan with a focus on program development. He has also held positions as a teaching assistant, admissions interviewer, and conference organizer in the Department of Health Policy & Management. He previously graduated from Stony Brook University as a Health Science Major and Political Science Minor. During college, Atef was a practicing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). After graduation, he will be joining the Mount Sinai Health System as an Administrative Fellow. 

The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship Award: Mansi Baxi, MHA '18
Prior to Mailman, Mansi worked as a Recruiting and Business Development Associate for Xenon Health, a healthcare management startup where she ran and optimized recruiting operations for the organization. As a student at Mailman, she completed her practicum at NewYork-Presbyterian in the Ambulatory Care Network where she worked on quality improvement projects in supply chain management. She also served as a TA for the Public Health Concepts course, and as a student interviewer for admissions. Mansi completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, and she will be returning to Los Angeles for a hospital administrative fellowship at Keck Medicine of USC.

Regina Loewenstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Health Policy & Management: Patricia Donskoy, MHA '18
During her time at Mailman, Patricia served on the executive board of the consulting club, worked as a research coordinator exploring economic decision-making, and was involved in organizing the annual HPM Healthcare Conference. For her practicum and throughout this year, Patricia worked as a consulting intern at COPE Health Solutions supporting contract development and funds flow methodology for performing provider systems in the Central New York region. Prior to Columbia, Patricia served as an Administrative Intern at Lenox Hill Hospital where she worked on a variety of projects involving finance, patient experience, operations, and assisted in quality department project implementation during her time there. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and society with minors in policy analysis and management-health policy as well as nutrition and health from Cornell University.

Regina Loewenstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Health Policy & Management: Katrina Verbrugge, MPH '18 
Katrina graduated with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes Research. While at Mailman she served as a TA for Decision Analysis, a research assistant for Prof. Wang at the National Academy of Medicine, and a summer associate at PwC. She worked as a healthcare consultant at Putnam Associates prior to matriculating at Mailman and also holds a bachelor's degree in neurobiology from Harvard University. She was a conference volunteer and particularly active in planning the New Health Economy session.

The Health Policy Award for Excellence: Michael Novello, MPH '18
Michael graduated with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. Prior to coming to Columbia, he worked in behavioral health as a counselor and residential program site administrator for people with chronic mental illness. After graduation, he will work for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, where his work will focus on strategic planning for the office's Medicare evaluations. He has developed a passion for federal policy, behavioral health, and alternative payment models. Michael was particularly helpful in sharing information about the work at OIG with current students and helped to recruit our students for OIG internships.

The Bernard Challenor Spirit Prize and The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Celia Wright, MPH '18
Celia graduated from Mailman with a Master's in Public Health and a certificate in Health Policy Analysis. Prior to enrolling, she managed a Cleveland-based political campaign and worked in state-level health policy with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. While completing her MPH, Celia completed research with the National Center for Children in Poverty and served as a TA for five classes. She completed her practicum with the Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) in Mae Sot, Thailand, and continues to support BCMF as an international volunteer. After graduation, she will work in advocacy and communications with the New York-based Global Health Strategies.