Practice News

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 place second at the oldest case competition in the country, the NAHSE Annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition.

Thirty-one schools competed this year and the UIC MHA team made it to the finals with Ohio State University, University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa. We were named runner-up to Ohio State University and placed ahead of the rest of our esteemed colleagues. Students Ketki Parmar, Srilalitha (Lalli) Akurati, Oseghale Ituah, and Lauren Marei analyzed the issues facing the health care organization featured in the case and recommended ideas for how a health care system could deliver care to chronically ill older patients more efficiently and effectively.

Elizabeth Brann 

MHA student and 2018 graduate Elizabeth Brann received the UIC MHA Community Service Award.

Elizabeth completed the MHA program as a part-time student and served as the VP of Part-Time Students for the student-led organization, UIC Association of Future Healthcare Administrators. As VP, she met with, guided and supported incoming students in planning coursework. Elizabeth currently works as a Vascular Sonographer at UI Health. In collaboration with the Vascular Surgery team, Liz helps patients manage acute and chronic peripheral vascular diseases. She also teaches ultrasound techniques to students and is an Employee Ambassador. As Ambassador, she participated in the donation drive for the Better Health Through Housing initiative. Elizabeth commented that this kind of service can, “truly make an impact on a community by addressing the social determinants of health through innovative initiatives such as this.” It is an honor to present this award to Liz.

MHA students

MHA students Heather AfriyieStephanie 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.


Aneesh Naavaal, MD, MSc (in Health Policy Administration with a concentration in Public Health Informatics, 2008) was promoted in August 2018 as the Business Strategy Plan Director in the Clinical Programs Office at Anthem, Inc. In his position, he leverages his clinical expertise and background to develop, manage and monitor an expanded ideation strategy and process relative to clinical programs and initiatives across the enterprise. This includes an end to end review of these programs in collaboration with the analytics team and various stakeholders as well as determining all the associated reporting and metrics. He collaborates with healthcare strategists, analytics teams and various other stakeholders to leverage a data-driven population health oriented model to develop specific initiatives and/or tactics to fill white spaces and address identified opportunities/solution areas.

Onyinyechi U. Daniel MA, MS, PhD (in Health Policy Administration with a concentration in Public Health Informatics, 2015) has a new role as Senior Director, Health Analytics Strategy for BCBS of IL, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas. Her position is responsible for overseeing the Health Analytics Strategy and Planning Team within the Enablement organization. It will develop the Data and Analytics strategy, manage the portfolio of projects across the ecosystem, assess demand, monitor performance & finance, and communicate the strategic value of Data and Analytics.