Meet our Students
Ruchi Aggarwal is a Master of Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan and has been a graduate student participant with the Center since October 2015. She is particularly interested in HSA-High Deductible Health Plans and Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Ruchi holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Saint Louis University.
Christian Balcer is currently a Master in Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He graduated from from Calvin College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Operations and previously worked for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, doing process improvement and lean implementation work.
Betsy Querna Cliff is a doctoral student in the department of Health Management and Policy at UM’s School of Public Health. Her research interests include insurance benefit design, consumer engagement in health care costs and the effect of demand-side interventions to manage health care costs. She has recently been involved in several V-BID initiatives, including updating the regulations around high-deductible health plans and evaluating a state employee V-BID intervention. Betsy graduated from Dartmouth College and the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Molly is a current Master of Health Services Administration student in the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She holds a BA in Global Health from the University of Michigan. Her interests include improving health care through innovative care delivery and financing models and promoting high value care.
Ashley is currently a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Health Services Administration and a certificate in Health Informatics at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BA in Professional Writing and a BS in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. She previously worked in health care marketing and communications in Pasadena, California. Her interest areas include consumerism in health care, quality metrics and reporting, and mental and behavioral health care.
Marianthi is a Master in Health Services Administration student, concentrating in Global Health Management and Policy, at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. After her Bachelor’s degrees, she worked as a program supervisor at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating multidisciplinary preventative clinics. Her interests include multidisciplinary “mobile home” models, global health, and strategy and operations in relation to value-based care.
Alex Kelsall is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, he worked for a consulting firm specializing in Medicare and Medicaid policy analysis and later performed research at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. Alex’s interests include the development and implementation of novel technologies, care delivery methods, and payment models that significantly increase the societal value of US health care.
Kristen is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. Prior to returning to school, she worked in population health and policy at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the International Rescue Committee in Washington, DC.
Pat Oungpasuk is currently a first year graduate pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2013, she worked at the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand helping to translate research into effective infectious disease policy for the Southeast Asia region. Her interest areas include knowledge translation, effectively implementing programs, monitoring and evaluation, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in public health.
Madeleine Peters is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. She is pursuing a B.A. degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her interests include health policy, disparities, and health education.
Sarah is currently a first year graduate pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Urban Studies and Medical Anthropology. She previously worked at L&M Policy Research, a health services research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Her interests include consumer decisions regarding insurance, improving health equity, and population health.