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First Cohort of Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows Presents Research at NYAM

NYAM welcomed its first cohort of Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows to present their original research on August 22, 2013. The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships provide stipends to support outstanding medical, dental, nursing, public health, and public policy students wishing to participate in 8-10 week research and action programs and policy projects addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. Student projects focus on transforming health care delivery systems and improving access to high-quality, cost-effective care, including preventive services, for low-income, uninsured, and minority urban populations, and/or early childhood health and development.

“We were pleased to have received a great number of applications from health professions students across the country and in a variety of disciplines,” said NYAM President Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford. “The first cohort of Fellows is academically very strong, professionally diverse, and engaged in important and timely research.”

The 2013 Fellows are:

Martin Casey, an MD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, whose research examined geographic and racial disparities in the utilization of high-volume surgical centers for bladder cancer.

Bronwyn Fleming-Jones, an MSN candidate at Yale University School of Nursing, who studied facilitators and barriers to access and adherence to care for women with gestational diabetes at the South Bronx Center for Children and Families.

Jason Lin, a DDS candidate at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who offered recommendations for dental institutions to improve the oral health of vulnerable and underserved populations in New York City.

Vikaskumar Patel, a DDS candidate at New York University College of Dentistry, who explored linkages between NYU Dental School and Federally Qualified Health Centers to serve underserved populations.

Aakash Shah, an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School, who researched manage care plans and safety net accountable care organizations as part of health care reform efforts in New Jersey at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University.
Over the course of the summer, the Fellows also participated in a variety of enrichment activities. Through a series of readings and lectures, they learned about the policymaking process and advocacy, explored their own leadership styles, and strengthened their leadership skills. Several members of the Fellowship’s esteemed Advisory Committee, including Bob Brook (Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services at the RAND Corporation) and David Satcher (former Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health) met with the fellows for a seminar and informal conversation.

In its first year, the program has demonstrated NYAM’s unique capabilities to bring together health professionals at all stages in their careers across disciplines and institutions and link them to the broader program and policy world.

“We look forward to following and supporting the continuing professional development of our first cohort as they continue to develop their skills to act as change agents to improve health,” Dr. Boufford said. “Our goal is to secure support that will allow us to grow the program to as many as 10 Fellows each year for 10 years and then sustain an active and vibrant national alumni network.”
About Margaret E. Mahoney

Margaret E. Mahoney was a distinguished Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of NYAM’s Board of Trustees from 1991-1999. She was president of The Commonwealth Fund from 1980 to 1995, and a pioneer in the establishment of health care philanthropy. Throughout her distinguished career, Margaret was passionately committed to addressing the health care and developmental needs of vulnerable populations, especially children.

To honor the legacy of Margaret E. Mahoney, and her commitment to improving health care for vulnerable populations, The Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, The New York Academy of Medicine, and other founding donors created a new fellowship program for health professional students, focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention. 

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Posted on August 26, 2013

Gina Ravosa
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