NC Medicaid Team Member Selected as Margolis Scholar in Health Policy and Management

October 20, 2017

Madhu Vulimiri

Bass Connections team member Madhu Vulimiri is part of the first cohort of Margolis Scholars selected from exceptional candidates from the MPP program at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the JD program at the School of Law.

These exceptional students will be part of a vibrant intellectual community being built at Duke and will have opportunities to network with national and international health policy leaders. —Mark McClellan, Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Madhu VulimiriVulimiri, an MPP student, was a member of the Bass Connections NC Medicaid Reform Advisory Team. She earned her BSPH in Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to entering the MPP program, she worked at Huron Consulting Group, where she consulted for hospital and physician groups on improving financial and operational performance.

Her Bass Connections team drew on the interdisciplinary expertise at the Duke-Margolis Center to craft a Medicaid reform proposal that aligns with the constraints and demands of state politics. The team submitted its report to North Carolina’s policymakers and citizens, hosted a presentation and discussion in Raleigh and submitted a public comment to the Department of Health and Human Services.

As a student of public policy, it’s my goal to use evidence and research to inform changes to such a massive program like Medicaid that will affect a number of stakeholders. We’re talking about the most vulnerable people in our state, from children to the disabled and the elderly. It’s our responsibility to be the best stewards to those patients and make sure they have access to high quality, affordable health care. —Madhu Vulimiri

The other Margolis Scholars are Kelly Hamachi, Jami M. King and Meredith Stewart from the School of Law and Minahil Shahid from the Sanford School of Public Policy. The program will be expanded to graduate and professional students in other programs at Duke over the next two academic years.

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