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.
Dr. Jafari's congressional placement is in the office of Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Senator Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) as well as the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. The Fellow’s responsibilities in Congressional office have typically included researching and writing briefs on healthcare issues, assisting with policy analyses, and drafting memoranda, floor speeches and questions for panelists at Congressional hearings, as well as planning, organizing, and contributing to the Senator or Representative’s office policy and management issues for the year.