FNS Student First Nurse Selected for Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy

June 8, 2018 12:06 pm

Congratulations to Cilgy Abraham, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, from the program’s fourth cohort. This summer, Abraham began a fellowship offered through the New York Academy of Medicine: the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy.  Abraham is the first PhD nursing student to ever be selected for this impressive program.  This year, she joins seven other students (five from the medical field and two from dentistry).

Abraham’s project is titled “Primary Care Provider Practices and Patient Care for Non-English speaking minorities in New York” and her mentor is Lusine Poghosyan, PhD MPH, RN, FAAN.

The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy supports health professional students to conduct summer research projects on “some aspect of healthcare delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development, with an emphasis on policy implications.” These interests perfectly align with Abraham’s, who just completed her first year of doctoral study at Columbia University.  She is interested in health policy, health economics, and cost-effectiveness research as it relates to chronic disease management and access to primary care.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University and completed a two-year, selective, interdisciplinary certification program in Women’s leadership from the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University. Prior to attending Columbia University, Abraham worked as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.