A lot is happening in HPM. Read below for a few highlights from the semester.
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.
HPM Assistant Professor Yuna Lee was awarded Best Organizational Behavior and Management Poster by AcademyHealth as well as Best Paper in the Healthcare Management Division by the Academy of Management for her paper "Dissatisfied Creators: How Staff Characteristics and Dissatisfaction Interact for Idea Creativity in Health Care Teams."
In May, Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) member and HPM alum Ellen Coleman, MPH '13, became the President and CEO of MK&A.
HPM adjunct professor and alum Magda Schaler-Haynes, MPH '98, has joined New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's administration as the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the New Jersey Department of Health.
HPM adjunct professor and alum Meghan M. FitzGerald, MPH '05, was named to the Board of Directors of the healthcare services company Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
HPM professor Jeanne Stellman and HPM adjunct professor Steven Stellman co-authored a guest editorial in AJPH's special section on The Sixties: "Agent Orange During the Vietnam War: The Lingering Issue of Its Civilian and Military Health Impact." Jeanne Stellman was also featured on an American Journal of Public Health Podcast in an episode titled Activism Old and New.
HPM Professor and Department Chair Michael Sparer published an op-ed in The American Prospect on the potential for a Medicaid buy-in strategy to provide immediate healthcare assistance and to pave the way for universal coverage.