The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Division is committed to having a tangible impact on the communities it serves. This practice reflects the overall mission of the University of Illinois to "serve society by educating, creating knowledge, and putting knowledge to work on a large scale and with excellence.
Michael Swarzman, Adjust Faculty, continues to share his knowledge. In April, Professor Swaraman presented to the American Board of Allergy and Immunology on the Medicare and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Macra). At Becker's Hospital Review he presented “Transition Support: The Business Case for Patient Navigation” and co-presented on a panel which covered “Key Thoughts on Great Physician Relationships”.
MHA students Heather Afriyie, Stephanie Guinto, Alex Paul, and Alan Yung competed in the 22nd annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition at the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) in San Antonio.
The students were challenged with making Oakland the healthiest city in America. As part of their approach and a source of inspiration, students used The Boulevard (the only Medical Respite Center for the homeless in the State of Illinois) as a successful/quantifiable example of how social determinants of health can be addressed. The team presented their analysis and recommendations over the course of 2 days and placed 5th out of 30 competing schools.
For their accomplishment, they personally won $1500. They also won a second honor, the Team Spirit award. For this award, they were given an additional $200 to donate to the charity of their choice. Students chose The Boulevard which has enormous success in reducing readmission from the homeless population and placing them in long-term stable housing.