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2016 - 2017 Fellow: Mary Abdelmalak, Pharm.D

Dr. Abdelmalak is a community pharmacist with Rite Aid in Cleveland, Ohio. A native of Egypt, she moved to the United States at age 12. Abdelmalak earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from John Carroll University and her Pharm.D. degree from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She also completed a PGY1 Community Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at Ohio State. Her areas of interest in health policy include the correlation between behavioral/mental health policy, economic/social legislation and health outcomes as well as preventive medicine policies, population health analysis and access determination.

Abdelmalak’s Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow experiences, beginning July 11, will include a week with the Brookings Institution and three weeks at ACCP with Edwin Webb, associate executive director, and John McGlew, director of government affairs.  Following three weeks with ASHP’s Office of Policy, Planning and Communications, under the mentorship of Joe Hill of the government affairs staff, she will work in a congressional office or on congressional committee staff in the nation’s capital through August 2017. 

In July and August of 2016 she completed the association component of the fellowship with ASHP and ACCP. In September, she began her placement with the office of Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley of Iowa, who sits on the Senate Finance; Budget; Judiciary; and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.



2017 - 2018 Fellow: Nilofar Jafari, Pharm.D, M.P.H

Nilofar (“Nellie”) Jafari, Pharm.D., M.P.H.,has been named the 2017-2018 Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow by the sponsoring organizations, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

 A 2015 graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jafari  is currently completing her PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency within the Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Jafari also received her Masters of Public Health through the University of Pittsburgh. 

 Her areas of interest in health policy include medication and healthcare accessibility, population health, and health disparities.

 A formal announcement will be posted soon.