March 10, 2022

IHPI Research Awards Go To Three HILS PhD Students

Azia Harris-Martin, Casandra Turner and Melissa Zochowski receive funding for summer healthcare projects 

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) PhD students Azia Harris-Martin, Cassandra Turner and Melissa Zochowski will each receive a $4,500 stipend from the 2022 Institute for Healthcare Policy/Health Services Research Summer Student Fellowship and Internship program to work on their projects over 10 weeks this summer.

Harris-Martin will be doing a secondary qualitative study on focus group/ interview data for a project with Sue Anne Bell, PhD, FNP-BC entitled Evaluating System-Level Crisis Preparedness/ Response from the perspective of Health Care Providers and Administrators.

Turner will be working with Dr. Ebbin Dotson at the School of Public Health to help in the collection and analysis of qualitative/quantitative data for optimizing workforce development initiatives for executive leadership within academic medical centers.

Zochowski's project is entitled Pregnant and at risk for a preventable maternal death. Understanding Emergency Department care for individuals with preeclampsia. Working with Dr. Mathew Davis from the School of Nursing, Zochowski will be using the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey (NHAMCS) to characterize utilization of the Emergency Department for preeclampsia during pregnancy. 

Awardees are also encouraged to participate in IHPI's Summer Student Skill-Building Seminar series. This is a competitive fellowship and internship program aimed at graduate and medical students who are "interested in studying the performance, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care services and health systems."


Azia Harris-Martin, HILS PhD Student

Azia Harris-Martin

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems PhD Student
Manager of Transformation, Optum PacWest
Cassandra Turner, HILS PhD Student

Cassandra Turner, LMSW

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems PhD Student
Scientific Computing PhD Student
Research Area Specialist, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Project Manager, VA Center for Clinical Management Research

Melissa Zochowski, MBA

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) PhD Student
Owner and Principal at Grand Sable Research and Consulting