The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at Harvard University brought together dozens of graduate students with diverse experiences, united by a passion to improve the lives of our communities here and abroad. Through the Fellowship, I was able to share my personal commitment to improve our nation’s health care system, so that the most vulnerable can have a high quality and affordable system to rely on when they need it most.
More importantly, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship was an incredible opportunity to learn from current and past fellows and mentors who believed that for every problem, an innovative solution was possible. These solutions often required synthesizing perspectives and methods across disciplines, ranging from the secondary education field, business, government and policy, to public health.
With this arsenal of experiences and perspectives, I sought appointment as a Congressional Fellow and was assigned to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Working with one of the main committees with jurisdiction over health care in the U.S., I had the opportunity to help write national health reform legislation.
Afterwards, I came to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, in the Department of Health and Human Services. This center was created by the new legislation to identify, test, and eventually scale health care innovations that improve quality, while also lowering costs to ensure a sustainable system for generations to come.
As Director of Stakeholder Engagement, I am tasked with building coalitions among clinicians, hospitals, technology entrepreneurs, employers, patient groups and others, to on find private-public solutions to our greatest health system challenges. Armed with $10 billion in funding over the next decade, and a unique authority to rapidly scale successful innovations, the opportunity has never been greater for disruptive innovators to create a safer, more equitable, and sustainable American health system.
The perspective I’ve gained from my time with the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship has become a guiding principle of achieving social good through a diversity of means.