AcademyHealth Announces 2016 NHPC and CHPC Scholarship Recipients


For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2016
Kristin Rosengren
202-689-9067
[email protected]

Washington D.C. (1/28/2016) AcademyHealth announced today the recipients of the Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy, and the Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy. These scholarships provide students and early career health services researchers with financial support to attend the organization’s 2016 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) and National Child Health Policy Conference (CHPC).

“Our flagship winter conferences [NHPC and CHPC] benefit from the participation of students and early career health services researchers, who always bring a unique perspective on the nation’s most critical health policy issues,” said AcademyHealth CEO and President Dr. Lisa Simpson. “These outstanding scholars also gain an opportunity to engage with leaders in health services research, child health, advocacy, and public policy as we discuss the health policy agenda for the year ahead,” she added.

Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship

The Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship commemorates the dedication of Alice S. Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), to support the next generation of health services researchers.

The 2016 NHPC Alice S. Hersh Recipients are:

  • Megan Cole, M.P.H., Brown University School of Public Health
  • Yongkang Zhang, M.S., Tulane University

Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy

The Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy allows for five recipients to interact with AcademyHealth leadership and staff and benefit from networking and mentoring while learning hands on effective strategies for communication with policymakers.

The 2016 NHPC Presidential Scholars for the AcademyHealth Institute for Advocacy are Public Policy are:

  • Brooke Prashker, M.B.A., Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Elizabeth Patton, M.D., M.S., University of Michigan
  • Jeffery Hom, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pennsylvania
  • Marcela Gutierrez, M.S., University of Texas at Arlington
  • Navin Vij, M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania

Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy

The Presidential Scholarship for Child Health Policy engages students interested in how health services research informs child health policy.

The 2016 CHPC Presidential Scholars for Child Health Policy are:

  • Anita Shah, D.O., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Sandeep Sharma, Dr.P.H., M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Stephanie Jarem, M.P.A., M.A., Oregon Health Authority

About the National Health Policy Conference

AcademyHealth's National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) provides a comprehensive look at the current health policy environment. Administration and state officials, industry leaders, researchers, and policy professionals convene at this two-day meeting to share their insights on the nation's health policy priorities for the year ahead.

About the National Child Health Policy Conference

The National Child Health Policy Conference (CHPC) is designed to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to review and discuss policy priorities at the forefront of child health. A forum for the very latest issues in child health, plenary presentations and breakout sessions will address how to best leverage policy, research, and practice to improve and advance the health of children.

About AcademyHealth

AcademyHealth is a leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals who produce and use this important work. Together with our members, we offer programs and services that support the development and use of rigorous, relevant and timely evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of health care, to reduce disparities, and to improve health. A trusted broker of information, AcademyHealth brings stakeholders together to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy, and translate evidence into action. Learn more at www.academyhealth.org and follow us on Twitter @AcademyHealth.