Margolis Scholars in Health Policy and Management Welcomes First Student Cohort

October 19, 2017
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Program offers academic and experiential training across disciplines

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy today announced the first cohort of Margolis Scholars selected from exceptional candidates from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the JD program at the Duke School of Law. The program will be expanded to graduate and professional students in other programs at Duke over the next two academic years.

“These exceptional students will be part of a vibrant intellectual community being built at Duke and will have opportunities to network with national and international health policy leaders,” said Duke-Margolis director Mark McClellan, MD, PhD.

The program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on key health policy and management issues, as well as relevant practical and research opportunities, to support professional development and preparation for dynamic careers in government, academia, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, notes faculty director Corinna Sorenson, PhD.

“Our goal is both to provide rigorous training in health policy and management and opportunities, tailored to each student’s interests, for making hands-on contributions to research, consulting projects, policy formulation and thought leadership,” she said.

The program is inspired by Duke-Margolis’ founder, Robert J. Margolis, MD, (M ‘71), who envisioned the Center as a catalyst for leveraging Duke’s expertise across disciplines to solve health policy’s most difficult problems.

“It is exciting to see the first cohort of the Margolis Scholars furthering their engagement with health policy and management. Training the next generation of health poicy leaders is an integral part of the Center’s mission ,” he said.

The 2017-2018 Margolis Scholars are:

Kelly Hamachi (Law). Kelly earned her BA in Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to coming to Duke, she spent a year after graduation coordinating the design fellowship program at Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), which is devoted to developing and implementing cost-saving methods of high quality clinical care in health care systems throughout the country.

Jami M. King (Law).  Jami earned her BA in Economics and Anthropology/Sociology at Rhodes College in 2011 and her MS in Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015. She has conducted fieldwork and global health research in India, Honduras, and Mexico City, the latter through a Frederick J. Sheldon Fellowship. She has also worked with the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health creating an evaluation plan for the rollout of a Medicaid reimbursement scheme for a maternal health program.

Minahil Shahid (Public Policy). Minahil earned her BSc (Hons) in Economics and Political Science, from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Prior to coming to Duke, she worked at the Chief Minister’s Delivery Unit in Punjab, Pakistan, where she closely coordinated with senior officials in government to devise and implement reforms to improve the state of health in the province.

Meredith Stewart (Law). Meredith earned her undergraduate degrees in Biology and BAA (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy). Before coming to Duke, she earned a MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC-Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has worked for nearly five years in health departments in North Carolina.

Madhu Vulimiri (Public Policy). Madhu earned her BSPH in Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Prior to entering the MPP program, she worked at Huron Consulting Group, where she consulted for hospital and physician groups on improving financial and operational performance. She was a member of the Duke Bass Connections NC Medicaid Reform Advisory team, which developed recommendations that have been presented to policymakers in Raleigh.