Groundbreaking fellowship will create key breakthroughs between healthcare companies and public health communities

Groundbreaking fellowship will create key breakthroughs between healthcare companies and public health communities

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CUNY SPH Foundation Board Member Michael Meng has committed $150,000 to establish the Michael Meng Fellowship in Healthcare Business Innovation (“Scholarship”), which will prepare CUNY SPH students to gain transformational business and entrepreneurial skills at the intersection of the health and public health sectors, two crucial communities advancing health in New York.

Michael Meng, CUNY SPH Foundation Board Member

The scholarship will enroll ten health policy and management students in an intensive four-semester extracurricular program to develop their expertise and knowledge in the field of health. Fellows will learn directly from respected executives and business leaders, receive privileged access to professional development at the Career Skills Academy, and receive hands-on training in public health entrepreneurship at Firefly Innovations, a global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, experts and investors in public health.

“The Michael Meng Fellowship is a bold initiative that elevates our goal of fostering equity in public health care,” said Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH. “By preparing the next generation of public health professionals with critical business and entrepreneurial skills, the fellowship will fuel innovation and access to public health in our great city.”

“As a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, I have seen firsthand the enormous potential of CUNY SPH students to achieve excellence and deliver public health solutions with empathy and understanding,” said Meng. “That’s why I’m very excited to equip them with real business tools and the confidence to improve the future of public health.”

Students will receive mentorship and career guidance, and learn directly from Bunny Ellerin, respected health executive, co-founder and CEO of NYC Health Business Leaders, as a visiting professor. This ambitious program will benefit from the guidance and support of Professor Terry Huang, a world-renowned expert in public health entrepreneurship who launched Firefly Innovations in 2019.

“One of the most important parts of this program is exposing our students to the kinds of career paths possible with an MPH, making them believe they can build a future in a field they never thought of. before,” Professor Huang said. . “Along with the incoming cohorts, this scholarship will also be an opportunity to attract and recruit top talent from across the country.”

Operationalizing Health Commerce Training

The scholarship will prepare students to apply their public health education in the health business environment and to deepen their knowledge of health business and its relationship to public health. Topics that will transcend traditional public health education and include practical opportunities for students to learn directly from leaders and business leaders.

“When the school contacted me, I knew I wanted to be part of it,” Ms. Ellerin said. “I’m doing this because I strongly believe in using public health as a springboard to attract new people into the health sector. This program will expose students to real opportunities in how they can use their training and education to bridge the gap with business. »

“Over five years, the CUNY SPH Foundation has made our premier higher education more affordable and accessible to deserving students,” said Adam M. Doyno, Executive Director of the CUNY SPH Foundation. “With this scholarship so generously funded and deeply contemplated by Michael Meng, their ambitions and impact can soar.”

About Michel Meng

Michael Meng is the CEO and co-founder of Stellar Health. Michael has invested in healthcare companies over the past decade and has years of experience in the field. Prior to Stellar Health, Michael was a Principal at Apax Partners, a global large-cap private equity firm where he deployed $3 billion in capital. He has served on the board of directors of companies such as Vyaire Medical, Medicomp, One Call Care Management and TriZetto. He currently serves on the board of the CUNY School of Public Health Foundation as treasurer, as a member of the Foundation’s executive committee, and as a member of the board of directors of the Global Language Project. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Wharton.


The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to teaching, research, and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, effective, and evidence-based solutions to the pressing health issues facing cities around the world. world. Located in Harlem, CUNY SPH is the top public school of public health in New York City, New York State, and the Tri-State area.

About the CUNY SPH Foundation

The mission of the CUNY SPH Foundation is to advance the achievement of the mission, vision, and values ​​of CUNY SPH as the New York City public school of public health through fundraising, building strategic partnerships and providing services as a champion for the school’s students as they embark on public health. careers and its faculty as they strive to train the next generation of public health professionals.

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