The Arthur Quern Fellowship

The Quern Endowment awards fellowships to first-year GPHAP students to support summer field work, internships, or independent projects aimed at developing students’ leadership skills in the field of health policy and management. Such projects or internships are designed and initiated by individual students and must be independent of any formal field work assignment, internship, or summer job arranged by one of the professional schools. Innovative projects or new initiatives based in the Chicago area, or those involving some collaboration of the public and private sectors, are especially encouraged, though projects can be conducted outside the Chicago area as well. The objective of the Quern Fellowship is to foster innovative thinking and leadership in GPHAP students who wish to pursue creative and self-initiated health related projects over the summer between their first and second years. GPHAP students who are in good academic standing and up to date on their GPHAP requirements are eligible to apply. Proposed projects must be student-initiated and not part of a pre-established or existing internship.

2021 Quern Fellow

  • Melissa Kuriloff, Pritzker

2020 Quern Fellows

  • Aubrey Biga, Crown
  • Tania Escobedo, Crown
  • John Hojek, Crown
  • Caroline Kelly, Crown
  • Allison Mobley, Pritzker

2019 Quern Fellows from left to right: Samantha Steinmetz, Indira Imantayeva, Allie Collins, and Ani Ajith. Full project descriptions are below. 

Predictive Analytics for HIV Response in Malawi GPHAP Student – Allison Collins, Harris, MSCAPP 2020

HIV remains a challenge in Malawi, where an estimated 1M people are living with the disease at ~10% of the population. As part of the effort to reduce new infections and get treatment to those who are HIV-positive, there is an ongoing project to foster the use of data in service delivery: the Kuunika Project. Through the Quern fellowship, Allison conducted an independent piece of research regarding use of electronic medical records to predict patient default on taking antiretroviral drugs. The aim of this analysis was to enable the delivery of more tailored care, by analyzing success of various treatments against patients’ characteristics to inform the Malawi Ministry of Health’s development of a new HIV strategic plan.

Suicide Prevention in Kazakhstan  Indira Imantayeva, Crown

The goal of this project was to analyze the current situation regarding the high suicide rate in Kazakhstan and identify gaps in the availability of mental health services in the health care system of the country. A literature review and qualitative interviews were conducted. The literature review involved research on suicide rates, risk factors for suicidal ideation among different age groups, prevalence of depression in the population and current national preventive initiatives. Semi-structured interviews with health and education professionals were conducted to obtain a deeper understanding of the implementation of the youth suicide prevention program and the possible challenges on the micro and macro levels. The gaps and barriers identified in the provision of mental health services and general recommendations were described.

NGOrganize Health – Strategic Planning & Market Discovery – Ani Ajith, Harris/Booth

In conjunction with Houston-based startup NGOrganize, Ani developed a digital project management and social impact assessment tool for nonprofit healthcare organizations. The NGOrganize Health tool allows organizations to manage programs, monitor risks to success, analyze results in real-time, and easily communicate success and social impact. As part of this work, he curated a list of healthcare-related metrics for organizations to use in the platform. Leveraging GPHAP and University connections, he also engaged with UChicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative to explore a potential pilot program.

Mental Health Policy Affecting American Indian Communities in Chicago and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota – Samantha Steinmetz, Crown

Samantha’s Quern research paper compares how American Indians who are part of a federally recognized tribe, living on a reservation in a rural, politically conservative state, differs from residing in a large liberal city, without an official border for the community, or state recognition. It examines federal health policies that uniquely affect these two communities, featuring access to Medicaid and Indian Health Services. It compares state policies regarding mental health access and highlights local leaders’ experiences with implementation of policy at each level.

2018 Quern Fellows (from left to right):

  • Desire Bernard, Crown
  • Alicia Ozier, Crown
  • Evan Braithwaite, Pritzker
  • Jason Semprini, Harris
  • James Lott, Harris



2017 Quern Fellows

  • Michael Dunn, Crown
  • Shaniqua Ford, Crown

2016 Quern Fellows

  • Dylan Cowart, Law
  • Karen Guo, Harris
  • Ariel Masche, Crown
  • Ellen Richman, Pritzker
  • Olga Sinyavskaya, Pritzker

2015 Quern Fellows:

  • Go Wun “Gonnie” Park, Harris
  • Emily Perish, Harris
  • Leila Pree, Harris
  • Nathan Maxwell, Law

2014 Quern Fellows:

  • Kara Ingelhart, Law
  • Kimberley Mbayiwa, Crown
  • Fallon McGraw, Booth/Harris
  • Tonie Sadler, Crown

2013 Quern Fellows

  • Johanna Barry, Crown
  • Keri Raichert Lintz, Harris
  • Felisha Liu, Booth
  • Lauren Wagner, Crown

2012 Quern Fellows

  • Christopher Buckle, Booth
  • Erica Skatvold, Harris

2011 Quern Fellows

  • Angela Aifah, Crown
  • Simone Santiago, Harris/Booth