The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships

To honor the legacy of the late Commonwealth Fund president Margaret E. Mahoney, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the New York Academy of Medicine, and other founding donors have created a new fellowship program for health professional students, focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention.

The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships will provide stipends to support medical, dental, nursing, public health, and public policy students to participate in eight- to 10-week research and policy projects focused on addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. Projects must be conducted with or supervised by a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or nonprofit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area.

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The 2014 awardees are:

Johanna Andrews, M.P.H. candidate, Hofstra University, whose project seeks to improve health and quality of life for food pantry clients in Nassau County;

Scott Jelinek, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, whose project will explore health outcomes of patients with a diagnosis of superficially invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SISCAA), particularly those who experience high levels of health care disparities; 

Kylie Kang, M.D. candidate, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, who will examine the influence of socioeconomic and clinical factors on treatment choice and outcomes for prostate cancer in African American and Caucasian populations;    

Leslie Maness, M.D. candidate, Boston University School of Medicine, who will seek to identify the impact of low health literacy and limited English proficiency on parent/caregiver medication dosing errors;

Pliceliany Perez, M.D. candidate, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, whose project seeks to implement a smoking cessation education program for low-income Latino patients in Washington Heights-Inwood and the South Bronx; and 

Alex Sheen, D.D.S. candidate, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who will investigate oral health and dental care in emerging "high performance health systems." 

The 2013 awardees were

  • Vikaskumar Patel, D.D.S. candidate, New York University (NYU), whose project explored linkages between NYU Dental School and federally qualified health centers; 
  • Aakash Shah, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Harvard University, who worked on health care reform efforts in New Jersey at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University; 
  • Bronwyn Fleming-Jones, M.S.N. candidate, Yale University, who sought to improve awareness, prevention, and programming around obesity and diabetes at the South Bronx Center for Children and Families; 
  • Martin Casey, M.D. candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, who examined socioeconomic and geographical obstacles to seeking cancer surgical care at high-volume centers such as Mt. Sinai; and 
  • Jason Lin, D.D.S.candidate, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who looked at the potential of student-run dental programs to provide quality care and outcomes as well as impact trainee choice to serve vulnerable and underserved populations.