To fulfill requirements of the LSUHSC-NO Health Policy Honors Program, Margaret Richard completed an 8-week Policy Fellowship at the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) in Washington, DC. ACAP is the national trade association which represents not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans across the nation. During her tenure at ACAP, one of her assignments was to conduct research on three behavioral health topics: (1) Workforce and Telemedicine, (2) School-Based Mental Health Services, and (3) Mobile Crisis Interventions. In August 2023, three reports that included findings from Ms. Richard’s research were disseminated to ACAP members, stakeholder organizations, and made available on their website.
Margaret is currently in her 2nd year of medical school and will focus on additional research, analysis and a manuscript to complete requirements to graduate in May 2026 as an MD with Honors in Health Policy. The Health Policy Honors Program is supported with funding from AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana.