Meet Our Students

Betsy Q. Cliff

Doctoral Student, University of Michigan School of Public Health

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.

Haley Richardson, BS

Gap-Year Student Intern

Haley recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Health and Society and Southeast Asian Studies. She is a previous V-BID Center Summer Intern, and has continued her work with us during her gap year. Next fall, Haley will begin her graduate studies at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, where she will concentrate in Social Policy. While at the V-BID Center, Haley hopes to continue to learn more about the role that clinically nuanced benefit design can play in providing better care and promoting health equity for consumers. In her free time, Haley enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, reading, baking and visiting new places.

Rashna Soonavala

Rashna is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. Rashna previously worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model, as well as for the National Cancer Institute's Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Rashna is passionate about innovative approaches to improving affordability and quality of care. Apart from work, Rashna enjoys watching late night television, eating spicy food, and tossing a frisbee in the Arb.

Sharon Thomas

Sharon is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Gender and Health from the University of Michigan. Sharon's research interests are in V-BID’s role in clinical nuance, chronic health conditions, health disparities, and quality improvement in health care. Sharon's work experience encompasses patient management issues, quality improvement, and heart failure/LVAD clinical research within Michigan Medicine's Cardiac Surgery Department. Outside of school, Sharon enjoys dancing, exploring new restaurants, and reading.

Hope Norris, BS


Hope recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Gender & Health. She is currently pursuing a Master in Health Services Administration to learn more about work in healthcare management. Hope's professional goals are to improve access and quality of health care for individuals who are affected by systemic health disparities. By working with the V-BID Center gap-year student, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of health policy and the health care system in general. Outside of work and academics, Hope enjoys running, gardening, and attending concerts with friends.

Beth Shrosbree, BS

Gap-Year STudent Intern

Beth is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and plans to attend medical school to become a primary care physician. She is interested in the interplay between healthcare policy and population and individual health, and is excited about the V-BID Center’s emphasis on health in the healthcare cost debate. During her time at the V-BID Center, she hopes to develop a strong understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and learn strategies to advocate for patients in her future career. Outside of work, Beth likes to play intramural walleyball, read, and try new restaurants.

Bhavya Sukhavasi

Bhavya Sukhavasi is a senior at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a minor in Biology at the University of Michigan. As a public policy student, Bhavya always knew her concentration would be health care policy. While at the V-BID Center, Bhavya hopes to learn more about how the system can be improved so high-value medical services are provided to the people that need them. When she is not working, Bhavya enjoys taking advantage of Ann Arbor’s food scene and spending time with her friends.