Senior Develops Interest in Health Policy, Interns on Capitol Hill

MAY 6, 2015 – Alexis Boaz (NHS’15), a health care management & policy major, is wrapping up the semester on the Hilltop, while simultaneously pursuing a graduate-level health policy fellowship on the Hill.

Boaz, who works for the office of the Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Braintrust, believes that the interdisciplinary nature of the major pointed her into the health policy direction.

“It combines my interests in government, politics, economics, and the health care system,” the senior says.

Capitol Hill Experience

Last summer, Boaz also served as a health policy intern on the Hill, working on issues related to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. She also served as a research intern at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Today, as a health policy fellow in the House of Representatives, Boaz assists with the health policy research.

Boaz notes that she has a broad range of responsibilities and is able to work directly with legislators on health policy issues. “I enjoy being able to apply what I have learned through my coursework and other internships to fully immerse myself in health policy,” she says.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to her heavy class schedule and a busy internship, Boaz is also the president of the Georgetown student chapter of Primary Care Progress, a group that, according to its Web site, aims to increase awareness about issues in primary care.

As a board member of the AcademyHealth, Boaz helped organize two trips to Capitol Hill for the students to hear insights from health policy staffers. She also serves on the undergraduate board of the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University (HEGU).

“I would advise fellow students to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way, whether it is for an extracurricular activity, internship or job possibility, or any other opportunity,” says Boaz, who believes each of her experiences allowed her to become more confident about her interests and goals.

Future Plans

Next year, Boaz will begin a joint law-public health degree program at the George Washington University, focusing on health law and health policy.

“I believe the immeasurable opportunities that come from being a Georgetown student, including the unparalleled internship experiences, the comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum, and high-performing learning culture, have prepared me to excel in my future endeavors,” she says.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)

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