Archana Bharadwaj (Community Partnerships and Advocacy Co-Chair). Archana Bharadwaj is currently a second year MPH candidate in the Health Behavior and Health Education Department at the University of Michigan. Before graduate school, Archana studied Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan and worked in academic support within various capacities. Archana’s health policy interests include public health systems and health reform. Her non-policy interests include yin yoga, reading and cute baby animals.
Michael Budros (Finance Chair). Michael Budros is a dual-degree student at the University of Michigan pursuing an MPH in Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health and an MPP at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. This year will be his sixth at the University of Michigan, where he received a BS with High Honors in 2013. Michael is interested in both domestic and global health policy; he spent last summer working with USAID in Ethiopia and currently works for the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University. Michael's non-policy interests include soccer, running, and teaching skiing.
Haley Haddad (Communications Chair). Haley Haddad is a first year Health Management and Policy student pursuing her MPH at the University of Michigan. She previously studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Michigan and then worked for the Washtenaw Health Plan. Through those experiences her interests in health policy grew, especially surrounding health inequities, health coverage for underserved populations and increasing healthcare access. Haley also grew up in Ann Arbor and she loves her town. From Saturdays in the Big House to walks in the Arb to dining at various patios along Main Street... Go Blue!
Ashley Hill (Community Partnerships and Advocacy Co-Chair). Ashley Hill is a dual MPH and MBA candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Ross School of Business. She spent the past summer researching population health in Kenya and employee safety programs in India with the National Business Group on Health in Washington, DC. She also helped conduct a social impact assessment for a locally-owned sanitation products business in Uganda. Prior to graduate school, Ashley's experiences include work for the American Red Cross, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and legislative offices in Lansing and Washington. When she's not leveraging public-private partnerships to address problems in public health, Ashley enjoys the hobbies of an 80-year-old lady: crossword puzzling, knitting, and playing English handbells.
Jessica Lin (President Extraordinaire). Jessica Lin is currently a second year MPH candidate in the Health Management and Policy department at the University of Michigan. Before coming to the midwest, she studied public health at University of California Berkeley, and worked with the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Suitcase Clinic. Her policy interests include health disparities as they pertain to communities of color and LGBTQIA communities, as well as the impacts of violence, prison systems, and immigration. Her non-policy interests include running, climbing, and cats.
Emily Moore (Education Chair and Blog Co-Executive Editor). Emily Moore is currently a second year MPH candidate in the Health Management and Policy department at the University of Michigan. Before trekking to the Midwest, Emily studied public health at Johns Hopkins University and worked in Washington, DC at a number of non-profit organizations, including AcademyHealth. Emily's health policy interests include health disparities, public health systems, and health informatics. Her non-policy interests include yoga, cooking, sangria, and not freezing to death in the Michigan winters.
Erika Vijh (Professional Development Chair and Blog Co-Executive Editor).
Erika is a second year Health Management and Policy student at University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her past accomplishments include creating an annual population health-based case competition at the Institute of Medicine, where she worked as a Senior Program Assistant. In the future, Erika hopes to work for a health care provider but intends to continue focusing on health policy issues, both as an administrator and in her free time. Erika's policy interests include End of Life care, transgender health, and social determinants of health. She hails from Iowa, where there are more pigs than people!