2018 Program Dates: June 4 - August 10

Application Process Closed - Please check back in January 2019

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2018 Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows


The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy program provides stipends for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy, and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development, with an emphasis on policy implications. Fellows are also required to participate in a variety of leadership development activities and will have the opportunity to meet local and national health policy leaders. Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 intended to cover living expenses. 

    Application Requirements

    Applicants must propose a research project and research mentor. The project should focus on a health policy issue (government policy at national/state/local level, institutional, or health facility policy) with clear objectives and a plan for making progress on this issue that can be completed during a 10 week period. Projects must be conducted under the supervision of a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or non-profit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. Please see the list of Previous Recipients at the bottom of this page for examples of successful projects.

    Program and Participation

    During the summer of their Mahoney Fellowships, Fellows are expected to work on their projects full-time during regular business hours for the entire 10-week period between June 6 and August 12, except for when participating in the program's required enrichment activities. Fellows cannot undertake clinic or other school obligations in this 10 week period.  

    Enrichment activities include but are not limited to a Policy Workshop, a Leadership Workshop, Conflict Management and Negotiation Workshop a Media Training, and Career Panel. A schedule will be provided at the start of the program and may be amended as opportunities arise.

    Award Information

    Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 intended to cover living expenses.  This stipend is payable in two installments: 2/3 at the beginning of the program and 1/3 upon review of their final reports. No support for indirect costs or laboratory expenses is provided. 

    Eligibility Requirements

    Eligible applicants must be:

    • Masters-level students currently enrolled in medical, dental, public health, public policy or graduate nursing schools in the United States. Students graduating in May 2017 are ​eligible to apply.

    • Undergraduates and Doctoral students are not eligible to apply.  

    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or authorized to work in the U.S. throughout the award period.

    Application Process

    Applicants must complete an online application that requires uploading certain materials and forms:

    1. A personal statement (maximum 1000 words) about the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship that connects her/his education, leadership experience and career goals to the Mahoney program, and explains the proposed project. Applicants should describe the project’s policy relevance and what will be accomplished during the Fellowship time period.

    2. A letter of support from a project mentor

    3. A letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member at the applicant's school affirming that applicant is a student in good standing and assessing her/his suitability for this kind of Fellowship experience and how it will contribute to her/his career development. Applicants should instruct the senior faculty member to e-mail this letter directly to mahoney@nyam.org according to the instructions provided in the online application.

    4. Resume

    Applicants will be evaluated for the following:

    A demonstrated commitment to improving health and well-being of children and/or vulnerable or at-risk populations; a demonstrated interest in health policy; demonstrated leadership potential; potential of project proposal and setting to directly engage applicant in questions of policy change; and for a clear relationship between the proposed project and the applicant's career goals.

    To begin the application process, click on the link below. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz. Provided that you meet the program eligibility requirements, you will then be asked to register by creating a login and password. With your login and password, you will be able to access the online application, including the forms that you must upload and complete.


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    The New York Academy of Medicine administers the program, which is guided by a distinguished National Advisory Committee: Drew Altman, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Brook, Joseph Califano, John Craig, Karen Davis, Harvey Fineberg, Karen Hein, the Honorable Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, Phil Lee, Marie McCormick, David Satcher, Donna Shalala, Gail Warden, Mary Wilson, and Tim Wirth. These health leaders are committed to ensuring an enriched leadership development experience for the Fellows through their personal involvement and that of their colleagues. On successfully completing the Fellowship, the students will join a Margaret Mahoney Fellows Alumni Association and will continue to be offered unique opportunities for career development.

    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 a pioneer in the establishment of health care philanthropy in her leadership roles at the Carnegie Corporation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and as President of the Commonwealth Fund from 1980 until 1995. Friends and colleagues often referred to her unique ability to assemble the brightest minds to tackle the most critical health care issues of the day, and her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers.

    Throughout her distinguished career, Margaret was passionately committed to addressing the health care and developmental needs of vulnerable populations, especially children. While at Commonwealth, she was instrumental in helping to create Healthy Steps, an initiative that encourages physicians to closely monitor a child’s development during the first three years following birth. Through her efforts, Healthy Steps has become a preeminent national model for integrating health care and social services for children in underserved and impoverished communities.

    Margaret passed away in December of 2011. To honor her legacy 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, Carol and David Richards, and other founding donors came together to create this fellowship program for medical, dental, public health, nursing, and public policy students focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention.

    Contact information:

    Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program
    The New York Academy of Medicine
    1216 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10029-5202
    E-mail: mahoney@nyam.org

    Current & Previous Recipients

    Mateo Mendoza, MD 2021 
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine  
    "Language Barriers to Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment: A Systematic Review"

    Jeremy Ziring, MD 2021
    New York University School of Medicine
    "Implementing Population-Wide Risk Stratification at a Safety Net Health System"

    Joseph Geiger, DDS 2019
    New York University College of Dentistry
    "Misaligned U.S. Medicaid Dental Fee Schedules for Children's Caries Prevention"

    Kurt Koehler, MD 2021
    Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
    "The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health and Health Care Utilization"

    Cilgy Abraham, PhD 2020
    Columbia University School of Nursing 
    "Primary Care Provider Practices and Care for Non-English Speaking Patients"

    Annie Yang, MD 2021 
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
    "Patterns of end-of-life care among NJ Medicaid beneficiaries with advanced breast and colorectal cancer"

    Katherine Donovan, MD 2021
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
    "Exploration of Specific Interventions to Address Unmet Mental Healthcare Needs in East Harlem"

    Arushi Atluri, DDS 2020
    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 
    "Assessing the Healthcare Changes Underway in the U.S. and their Implications for the Careers of today’s Dental Students"


    David Boedeker, MHA 2017
    Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
    "HPV Vaccination Rates and School Health Forms"

    Catherine Dinh-Le, MPH 2017
    Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
    "Developing Consumer e-Health Tools to Engage non-English Speaking Patients"

    Cooper B Kersey, MD 2019
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    "Utilizing Community Based Organization Mapping in the Academic Medical Setting: Addressing Social Determinants of Health within the Patient Centered Medical Home Model"
    Ivan Marquez, MD 2019
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    "Evaluating a Diabetes Intervention Program to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities"
    Sarah McNabb MPH 2017
    University of Washington
    "Patterns of Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition in New York"

    Samira M Pingali, MPH 2017
    Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
    "Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health: A Curriculum Design"
    Sobia Rafiuddin, DDS 2019
    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
    "Integrating Oral Health in Home Visiting Programs: Program and Policy Options"


    Hewett Chiu, MPA candidate
    NYU Wagner School of Public Service
    “Achieving Full Integration: Empowering Community-Based Organizations in Medicaid Reform”

    Neal Emery, MD candidate
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    “From Interferon to Insurance: A Qualitative Analysis of Treatment Barriers Facing People with Hepatitis C”

    Michael Fogge, DDS candidate
    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
    “Assessment and Mobilization of Community Oral Health Resources in Northern Manhattan”

    Jill Humphrey, MPH candidate
    Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    “When Policy Isn’t Enough: Enhancing Effectiveness & Sustainability through Monitoring & Evaluation inthe NYC School Vision Program”

    Caleb McEntire, MD candidate
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    “Doc, I Am Trans: An Interactive Story-Based Training Module for Transgender Healthcare”

    Baho Sidiqi, BS/MD candidate
    Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
    “Prioritize Health!”

    Saeyoan Thirunavukkarasu, MPH candidate
    Hofstra University
    “Are School District Nutrition Policies and Practices Associated with Academic Performance?”

    Roosa Tikkanen, MPH candidate
    Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
    “Hospital Community Benefits Revisited: Access to Hospital Care for Minority and Low-Income NewYorkers”


    Johanna Andrews, MPH candidate
    Hofstra University
    “Searching for a More Comprehensive Approach to the Delivery of Services for the Food Insecure in Nassau County” 

    Scott Jelinek, MD/MPH candidate
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
    “A Retrospective Study of Superficially Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus (SISCCA)” 

    Kylie Kang, MD candidate
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    “The Influence of Health Disparities in Radiation Therapy Decision-making for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer” 

    Leslie Maness, MD candidate
    Boston University School of Medicine
    “Medication Dosing Errors: Exploring the Roles of Parent Health Literacy and Limited English Proficiency” 

    Pliceliany Perez, MD candidate
    Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    “Smoking Prevalance and Readiness to Quit in Washington Heights-Inwood” 

    Alex Sheen, DDS candidate
    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
    “The Role of Oral Health in Emerging High Performance Health Systems” 


    Martin Casey, MD candidate
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Geographic and racial disparities in the utilization of high volume surgical centers for bladder cancer”Supervisor: Matthew D. Galsky, MD, Associate Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Office, Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Bronwyn Fleming-Jones, MSN candidate
    Yale University School of Nursing 
    “Facilitators and barriers to access and adherence to care for women with gestational diabetes at the South Bronx Center for Children and Families”
    Supervisor: Barbara Hackley, MS, RN, CNM, Assistant Director of Women’s Health at the South Bronx Center for Children and Families

    Jason Lin, DDS candidate
    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
    “Recommendations for Dental Institutions to Improve the Oral Health of Vulnerable and UnderservedPopulations in New York City”
    Supervisor: Courtney H. Chinn, DDS, MPH, Assistant Professor, Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Health, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

    Vikaskumar Patel, DDS candidate
    New York University College of Dentistry
    “Exploring linkages between NYU Dental School and Federally Qualified Health Centers to serveunderserved populations”
    Supervisor: Andrew Schenkel, DMD, MS, Associate Director of Community Based Dental Education, NYU College of Dentistry

    Aakash Shah, MD candidate
    Harvard Medical School
    “Managed Care Plans and Safety Net Accountable Care Organizations: A Case Study into Delivery SystemChange”
    Supervisor: Joel C Cantor, Sc.D., Director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University