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The American Journal of Managed Care® Names Dr Erin Trish as the 2018 Recipient of the Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award


This award recognizes young professionals who are making strides in the field of managed care research.

(CRANBURY, N.J. — November 16, 2018) – The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®), the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care, honored Erin Trish, Ph.D., of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, with the 2018 Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award during the Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting on Friday, November 16.

“Dr. Trish perfectly represents the values and qualities we look for when selecting the Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award winner,” said Gil Hernandez, director of sales of Managed Markets. “Her extensive background in research, academia, and publications focused on health policy and other topics relevant to managed care makes her truly deserving of this award. We are honored to recognize amazing, dynamic, and well-versed professionals like Dr. Trish who are making a huge impact in the field of managed care.”

Trish, an assistant professor, is the associate director of health policy at the Schaeffer Center, a partnership between the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and the Price School of Public Policy. She also serves as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2017, she received the USC Price School Junior Faculty Award, which recognizes excellence in pursuing and obtaining grant funding; crafting, supporting, and publicizing research programs; and making an impact on policy.

Currently, Trish is studying the evolving role of private managed care plans in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D markets. She is also undertaking a series of studies focused on surprise medical bills, including evaluating the effect of related policies on patients, insurers, and providers. Trish has had several research projects published in AJMC®, including one about the financial burden of healthcare utilization in consumer-directed health plans.

“Academic institutions have a problem in that they tend to reward scientific publications and our ability to communicate to scientific audiences. But it’s increasingly important in today’s world that we come out of the ivory tower and have an impact in policy circles and with the broader public,” said Dana Goldman, PhD, director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and a distinguished professor of public policy, pharmacy and economics at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and the School of Pharmacy. “Dr. Trish’s work has shown that she can have an impact in all those arenas.”

The AJMC® award was established in honor of Seema S. Sonnad, PhD, a former associate editor of the journal, who died in June 2015. Sonnad served as a mentor to many young investigators and was an advocate for the creation of an award that recognizes and encourages early career achievements in the field of managed care.

For more information about the Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award, please visit https://www.ajmc.com/about/ajmc/sss-elmcr-award. For more information, visit www.ajmc.com.

About  The American Journal of Managed Care®

The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®) is a peer-reviewed, Medline-indexed journal that keeps readers on the forefront of health policy by publishing research relevant to industry decision makers as they work to promote the efficient delivery of high-quality care. AJMC.com is the essential website for managed care professionals, distributing industry updates daily to leading stakeholders. Other titles in the AJMC® family include The American Journal of Accountable Care® and two evidence-based series, Evidence-Based Oncology and Evidence-Based Diabetes Management. These comprehensive offerings bring together stakeholder views from payers, providers, policymakers and other industry leaders in managed care. To order reprints of articles appearing in AJMC® publications, please contact Gil Hernandez at 609-716-7777, ext. 139.

About the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center

The USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics measurably increases value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public-sector engagement. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the center has a vital impact on the positive transformation of health care.

AJMC® Media Contacts

Alexandra Ventura, 609-716-7777, ext. 121


John Patricolo, 609-325-4630, ext. 133


USC Media Contact

Kukla Vera, 213-821-7978


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