AcademyHealth Announces 2016 Population Health Scholars

For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2016
Kristin Rosengren

Washington D.C. (1/27/2016)—AcademyHealth announced today the ten individuals selected for its Population Health Scholarship Program, made possible with support from The Kresge Foundation. The program provides emerging community health leaders with small group training on topics related to federal policymaking as well as the opportunity to participate in the 2016 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) and meet with representatives from federal agencies and other relevant stakeholder organizations.

“There is an ever-growing need for talented and motivated individuals with the ability to influence policy change in local communities,” said Kate Papa M.P.H., director of AcademyHealth’s public and population health program. “We are excited to work with this year’s cohort to share national health policy priorities and identify how their local-level efforts apply to the national health policy agenda,” she added.

The 2016 Population Health Scholars are:

  • Shena Elrington, J.D., Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Policy
    Center for Popular Democracy
  • Colette Lamothe-Galette, M.P.H., Director, Population Health
    New Jersey Department of Health
  • Stacie Laurence, M.S., R.N., Administrator
    Home Care Options, Inc.
  • Sandra Martinez, M.A., Community Impact & Advocacy Strategist Manager
    Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
  • Megan McClaire, M.P.H., Director
    Advancement Project
  • Naveen Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrician & Founder
    Shri Krishna Nidhi Foundation
  • Chioma Nnaji, M.P.H., Program Director
    Multicultural AIDS Coalition
  • Katie Spears, M.A., Team Lead
    Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)
  • Megan Tulikangas, M.P.P., Research Specialist
    University of Pittsburgh, Health Policy Institute
  • Kellee White, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor
    University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health

An advisory committee comprised of leaders in health policy, public health, and community and population health selected the scholars. Visit the Population Health Scholarship Program webpage for more information about the program and this year's scholars.

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 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. For additional publications and resources, visit and follow us on Twitter @AcademyHealth.

About The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development efforts in Detroit. In 2014, the Board of Trustees approved 408 awards totaling $242.5 million; $138.1 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, the Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $20.4 million. For more information, visit