2021-2022 Luce Scholar

Jason Mazique will graduate from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in the summer of 2021. He is an aspiring health services researcher who hopes to leverage both quantitative and qualitative means to improve outcomes within black communities in his home state of Maryland and across the U.S. Growing up on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, he repeatedly witnessed the unintended and secondary effects of federal health policy at the state and local level. Especially from volunteering at his local family center every summer, he watched how gaps in insurance coverage, lack of health information, and a dearth of primary care practitioners generated dire healthcare needs for black and Latinx families in Washington D.C and Maryland. Inspired by the lack of creativity in health policy and driven by his focus on health disparities, Jason completed a report regarding the effects of Maryland’s all-payer healthcare model on acute inpatient price variation across rural and urban counties as part of the Sentinel’s Fellowship for Public Policy. As a Summer Undergraduates Minority Research Program Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he similarly employed mixed-methods research to better understand chronic pain discrepancies among minority patients and the efficacy of narrative-based interventions in counteracting opioid addiction. Previously, Jason interned at the Health Resources and Services Administration in Washington D.C., where he gained firsthand insight into the obstacles surrounding the implementation of health policy at the highest levels of government. In his free time, he enjoys playing rugby with his friends, attempting to craft new cocktails from around the globe, snowboarding, and trying to complete the latest NYT crossword puzzle.