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Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows Present Policy-Relevant Research at NYAM

L-R: Anna Pomykala (Special Assistant to the President, NYAM), Alex Sheen, Kylie Kang, Johanna Andrews, Pliceliany Perez, Scott Jelinek, Leslie Mannes, NYAM President Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford

NYAM welcomed its second cohort of Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows to present their summer research projects on August 11, 2014 before an audience of mentors, colleagues, NYAM staff, Fellows, and family. This year’s Mahoney Fellows are MD, MPH, and DDS candidates who have spent the summer conducting research projects on health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on health policy. The event marked the culmination of their Fellowship.

NYAM President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, provided an introduction to the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program at NYAM. It was established in 2013 in memory of Dr. Mahoney, a longtime NYAM Trustee and Fellow and a pioneer in health care philanthropy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and as President of the Commonwealth Fund. The Mahoney Fellowships at NYAM honor Dr. Mahoney’s legacy and her commitment to improving health care for vulnerable populations. Each student receives a $4,500 stipend.

“This is quite a unique fellowship, in that it provides graduate health professions students with an introduction to the health policy world and opportunities for engagement with health policy leaders at this formative stage in their education and career,” Dr. Boufford said. “It is our hope that the Mahoney Fellows will each build this connection into their career trajectory.”

Each Fellow made a brief research presentation and highlighted the policy implications of their work. The Fellows also answered questions about their process and future plans for their project.

Johanna Andrews, MPH candidate at Hofstra University, presented research that sought to improve health and quality of life for food pantry clients in Nassau County through a more comprehensive approach to the delivery of services.

Scott Jelinek, MD/MPH candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, explored health outcomes of patients with a diagnosis of superficially invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SISCAA), a form of anal cancer linked with HPV and HIV in populations of men who have sex with men (MSM).

Kylie Kang, MD candidate at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, conducted research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on health disparities in radiation therapy for prostate cancer, examining the correlation of race with the type of radiation treatment chosen.

Leslie Maness, MD candidate at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted research at the New York University School of Medicine on the impact of low health literacy and limited English proficiency on parent/caregiver medication dosing errors when delivering liquid medications to children.

Pliceliany Perez, MD candidate at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, presented her work at Columbia University Medical Center to implement a smoking cessation education program for low-income Latino patients in Washington Heights-Inwood and the South Bronx.

Alex Sheen, DDS candidate at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, investigated the role of oral health and dental care in emerging “high performance health systems” used as models for health care reform, with the goal of integrating medical and dental care through a focus on oral health as part of health. 

In addition to conducting research over the summer, the Mahoney Fellows participated in workshops on leadership, conflict management and negotiation, the policymaking process, and communications and media. They also met with health care leaders including Dr. Donna Shalala, Secretary for Health and Human Services Under President Clinton; Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City Health Commissioner; and Dr. Robert Brook, Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services at the RAND Corporation.

The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program was initiated with generous support from the Commonwealth Fund, The Carnegie Corporation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Branta Foundation, Carol and David Richards, and others.

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Posted on August 15, 2014

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