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This program is sponsored by myHub and UR SMD PHS. This event is open to all members of the University of Rochester community to attend.

UR SMD Alumni Panelists...

  • Dr. Alina Denham​, Assistant Professor at ​ Stony Brook University​
  • Dr. Xi Cen​, Health Economist at​ American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. Qinghua Li​ at Global Outcomes Research​ at Merck & Co., Inc.

Speaker Bios

Alina Denham is an alumna of Health Services Research and Policy PhD program. Upon graduation, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She is now an Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and a core faculty member in the Program in Public Health, at Stony Brook University. Dr. Denham is a health policy researcher whose research expertise lies in Medicaid policy, healthcare access among marginalized populations, and health equity.

Xi Cen is a health economist with a wealth of experience in alternative payment models, health equity, and quality measures. Following her graduation from the HSR program, she embarked on a research fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine, where she collaborated closely with clinicians and professors from Stanford Health Policy. Her work includes the organizational and economic performance of the US health care system, physician behavior, and the economics of treatments for chronic pain. In 2020, Xi joined the American Institutes for Research. Her role encompasses providing methodological, technical, and operational support for the implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of federal, state, and local health-related programs.

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