AcademyHealth Announces Scholarship Recipients for the 2016 Annual Research Meeting

For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2016
Raina Sheth

Washington D.C. (6/9/2016)—AcademyHealth announced today the recipients of three scholarships aimed at the professional development of students, early-career health services and policy researchers, and new professionals. The Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers, the Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship, and the Diversity Scholars Network provide recipients with financial support to attend the 2016 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) and a select number of its adjunct events.

“The ARM benefits from the engagement of students, new professionals, and early-career researchers. Their voice and perspective lead to a more comprehensive, up to date and inclusive understanding of individual and population health needs and the performance of the health system,” said AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson. “We are committed to the professional development of new professionals in the field and are equally excited to learn from their work and past experiences at this year’s ARM in Boston.”

Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers

The Presidential Scholars Program was developed in 2012 in to provide more support to promising new researchers and offer unique access to the ARM, the premier forum for health services research, where they can participate in thought-provoking discussions and engage with leaders working in this area.

The 2016 Presidential Scholars for New Health Services Researchers are:

  • Michelle Lin, M.D., M.P.H., Physician, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan
  • Amber Stephenson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Management, Clarkson University
  • Julie Lauffenburger, PharmD, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Gawin Tsai, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University

Learn more about the 2016 Scholars.

Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship

The Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship commemorates the commitment of Alice S. Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), AcademyHealth's predecessor organization, to fostering the next generation of health services researchers.

The 2016 ARM Hersh Scholars are:

  • Martin Wegman, B.S., M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Robin Ulep, B.S., Medical Student, The University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School
  • Rosa Avila, M.S.P.H., Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington
  • Yan Xu, B.Sc., Medical Student, Queen’s University

Learn more about the 2016 ARM Alice S. Hersh Scholars.

Diversity Scholars Network

TheAcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network is a key program under AcademyHealth's new Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Minority Engagement, which houses analytic and programmatic activities that further understanding, awareness, and promotion of diversity in the health services research workforce. The purpose of the Network is to engage students and junior researchers from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups in the field of health services research and provide training and mentoring activities to nurture their professional growth.

The 2016 Diversity Scholars Are:

  • Billy Caceres, M.S.N., Ph.D. Candidate, New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Benjamin Cobb, M.D., Resident Physician, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Natalie Guerrero, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Andrea Hermosura, Ph.D., Researcher/Data Analyst, Research Corporation University of Hawai’i
  • Ray Serrano, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University

Learn more about the 2016 AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars.

About the Annual Research Meeting

For over 30 years, AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting has been the premier forum for health services research, where more than 2,500 attendees gather to discuss the health policy and health system implications of research findings, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The 2016 Annual Research Meeting is being held June 26-28 in Boston. For more information or to register, visit

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. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @AcademyHealth.