Yara Elbeshibishi (HPM '16) was nominated for 1st Quarter of the Superstar Award through UPMC Health Plan. UPMC celebrates and honors individuals for their dedication to UPMC Insurance Services Division PRIIDES (Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, Development, Excellence, and Service) values.
Yara is approaching her two-year anniversary after joining the Exchange Department during the summer of 2016 while working to complete her graduate studies at Pitt Public Health in Health Policy and Management. From the start, it quickly became evident to leadership that Yara was a critical thinker and very talented in being able to understand the government business model. She was proactive in her efforts to build her knowledge of the business by connecting with other team members, and was always willing to assist the team with any task. After her graduation, she was strongly encouraged to apply for a full-time position at UPMC, and she was appointed to a project analyst position in the department.
In just a short time, Yara has been able to plug into the complex and high regulated dynamics of the ACA Exchange work environment, create professional relationships with various team members, and--in a meaningful way--help UPMC Health Plan move forward on many high-profile Exchange projects. She has a seat at the table and voice in helping to identify areas for operational improvement that add value for members and mitigate risks to the business. In addition to complementing her involvement with top departmental projects, Yara has represented the Health Plan and its core values strongly outside the work environment and at multiple conferences. Yara is a valuable contributor and is quickly becoming a subject matter expert for multiple channels within the Exchange Operations Department.