About Us

Our Mission

The Health Care Financing Initiative fosters research and engagement between our students and faculty, legislative and policymaking leaders, and industry leaders in the areas of health care financing and public policy.The McCourt School established the Health Care Financing Initiative (HCFI) in June 2018 with the generous support of the Institute for Critical Care Foundation (ICCF).

Our Team

Thomas DeLeire, PhD

Distinguished Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Director, HCFI

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Carol B. Davis, PhD, MBA

Assistant Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Associate Director of Research and Publications, HCFI

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Aditi Bhardwaj


Aditi is a data professional with over 3 years of experience in machine learning, statistical analysis, data visualization, and programming languages including Python, R, and SQL. Proficient in business intelligence tools like Tableau, Aditi specializes in deriving actionable insights from complex datasets using artificial intelligence and statistical modeling techniques and presenting these findings in clear, visually engaging reports to non-technical audiences and thrive in collaborative environments. She is excited to leverage expertise in data-driven strategies to contribute to the success of the HealthCare Financing Initiative.

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Rehman Liaqat

Graduate Research Assistant

Rehman Liaqat (He/Him), a second-year MPP student with a concentration on economic policy development, is a 2022-24 George E. Richmond scholar for health equity. He is also a 2023 Leadership Fellow at the McCourt School, working to promote equity, community, and meaningful dialogue within the policy sphere of academia.

Yetong Xu

Graduate Research Assistant

Yetong is a second year graduate student at McCourt, majoring in Data Science for public policy. His research interests lie on Health Policy, Computational Social Science and Development Economics. He is determined to apply data science techniques to solve social science problems, helping improve the welfare of people in need. He loves playing basketball in spare time.

Vika Li

Graduate Research Assistant

Vika is a first year student in the Data Science for Public Policy (DSPP) program with a keen interest in quantitative methods in the social sciences. She has a strong interest in mental health and is committed to providing data-driven solutions to problems in healthcare. Prior to attending Georgetown University, she completed her undergraduate studies at New York University. In her personal life, she enjoys exploring cities on foot and solo adventures.

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