PolicyLab Alumni Impact: Dolapo Fakeye

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Today, Dolapo Fakeye, PhD, MA, is a principal policy analyst for the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he evaluates health services payment and delivery initiatives within the state of Maryland and provides policy expertise to state health agency leaders. At PolicyLab, Dr. Fakeye worked across teams on several initiatives, which he says contributed to his approach to his work today. As a clinical research coordinator, he focused on two issues—how level of provider workload affected the quality and safety of inpatient care and the drivers of child maltreatment and probability of a diagnosis of abuse for common childhood fractures.

Dr. Fakeye credits PolicyLab’s process of exploring social determinants of health as a significant influence on his approach to viewing health problems in a holistic way. He explains that the ability to disentangle different factors that lead to health outcomes is a useful skill he employs now in his work with Maryland’s Medicaid program. His time at PolicyLab provided him with the experience of working with a melting pot of new and experienced researchers and an enthusiasm for looking beneath the surface to solve problems.

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“My biggest takeaway from my time at PolicyLab is being able to look at health problems in a very multi-dimensional way.”

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