For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2017
Lauren Adams

Washington D.C. (June 06, 2017)—AcademyHealth announced today the recipients of two scholarships aimed to support the professional development of students, early-career health services and policy researchers, and new professionals. The Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship and the Diversity Scholars Network provide recipients with financial support to attend the 2017 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) and a select number of its adjunct events.

"AcademyHealth is committed to the professional development of students and new professionals in the fields of health services research and health policy," said AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson. "We are eager to learn from their work and past experiences when they join us at this year’s ARM in New Orleans."

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 2017 ARM Hersh Scholars are:

  • Peiyin Hung, M.S.P.H., Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota
  • Erin Mobley, M.P.H., Ph.D. student, University of Iowa
  • Lee Squitieri, M.D., M.S., Ph.D. candidate, UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  • Alex Woersching, M.S., Ph.D. student, University of Washington School of Public Health

Diversity Scholars Network

The AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network is a key program under AcademyHealth's 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 2017 Diversity Scholars Are:

  • Elizabeth Ann Brown, M.P.A., full time Ph.D. student and graduate assistant, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Michael Flores, M.P.H., Ph.D. candidate, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Jennifer Kuuipo Mcgee, M.P.H., Ph.D. candidate and program manager, Rutgers School of Nursing
  • Whitney S. Rice, Dr.Ph., postdoctoral scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Gabriel S. Tajeu, Dr.Ph., M.P.H., NIH T-32 post doctoral fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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 2017 Annual Research Meeting is being held June 25-27 in New Orleans. For more information or to register, visit the ARM webpage.

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 on the AcademyHealth website and follow us on Twitter @AcademyHealth.