Ravi Parikh

2010 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2010
Graduate Degree:Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate Degree:Harvard College
Areas of interest: Health care finance
Mentor: Renee Landers, Suffolk University Law School
Agency:Massachusetts State Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health
Supervisors: Amaru Sánchez, Health Policy Research Analyst and Timothy O'Neill, Research Director
Project Description:This summer, Ravi worked as a research analyst for the Joint Committee on Public Health at the Massachusetts State House. His main project was to prepare a report for the Committee on workforce reform in the context of Massachusetts' proposed changes to health payment and delivery systems. His work involved briefing the Committee on existing structures of global payments and integrated delivery systems, comparing Massachusetts' legislation regarding allied health professions with those of other states, and speaking with various professional organizations about possibilities for reform in Massachusetts. In the end, he wrote a comprehensive report that included detailed overviews and state-by-state comparisons of workforce legislation in Massachusetts and legislative recommendations pertaining to future delivery system reform. He presented this report to the committee and will hopefully send the report to the Speaker of the House. He was also involved in research contributing to several bills that were enacted in this legislative session. Ravi says that working for the State House was rewarding because he contributed to legislation that was actually enacted or will be considered in future legislative sessions. It was exciting to be involved in an institution where "the action" happens, to see policy being designed and to observe how evidence competes with politics with regards to health policy. The last two weeks of the legislative session were particularly memorable – news regarding potential legislation was coming in constantly, and it was exciting to drop everything he was doing to respond to a particular concern. He also had the opportunity to sit in on meetings with lobbyists, professional organizations, and governmental institutions. These meetings allowed him to see where reform needs to occur to improve health delivery at the state level. Perhaps the greatest lessons he learned, however, were from speaking to groups of allied health professionals. As a future physician, it was a tremendous experience to be exposed to the practice and policy concerns of these groups. Having an understanding of these issues for both physicians and allied professionals will undoubtedly allow him to practice medicine as part of a team and help him become a better doctor.