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Holmes receives UNC Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Achievement

Mark Holmes

                             Mark Holmes

Mark Holmes, PhD, is one of four UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to receive the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

Holmes directs the Rural Health Research Program and co-directs the Healthcare Economics and Finance Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He is also associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Holmes focuses on rural health, comparative effectiveness and complex methods for policy analysis, particularly as it relates to public health and health policy. He is recognized for his visionary, innovative research that is grounded in economics and sheds light on issues relevant to health policy.

His work examining the effect of rural hospital closures on the local economy led to a statewide program to provide grants to financially struggling hospitals. Holmes is currently working on a team projecting the supply of physicians during the next 20 years, factoring in the demand for care with existing specialties to identify the mix of services physicians could offer.

The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, who was born in 1899 and grew up in Goldsboro, established the award in 1986. He earned a scholarship to UNC, went to New York and in 1938 founded Hettleman & Co., a Wall Street investment firm.

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