Between Donald Trump pledging to dismantle Obamacare and Bernie Sanders calling for a Medicare-for-all plan, DC could sure use some sharp minds to work on viable solutions to America’s health policy challenges. Check out these 5 unique opportunities for students and professionals to contribute to health policy in the U.S. and abroad. Two deadlines are approaching!
This program is open to clinical background professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, etc.), at all career stages, with a demonstrated commitment to health and aging issues and a desire to be involved in health policy at the federal, state or local levels. The program offers two tracks: a residential program (up to $120K), which is a 9-12 month placement in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency as a legislative assistant in Congress or professional staff in an executive agency or in a policy organization; and a non-residential program (up to $30K), which includes a health policy project.
Deadline: April 15, 2016
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new Health Policy Research Scholars program is a national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program, from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with participants completing their doctoral programs at their home institutions across the U.S. Participants will attend at least one annual gathering , participate in leadership development trainings, coursework and mentoring, and receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. Participants are also eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.
Deadline: April 19, 2016
This program offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, and journalists—to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries. The Fellowship provides up to $87,000 (AUD) for the maximum term of ten months, with a minimum stay in Australia of six months required. There is also a family supplement available (e.g. approximately $50,000 for a spouse and two children).
The Nick Littlefield Health Policy Fellowship is a unique fellowship focused on developing innovative leaders in health policy. The 12-month program includes a 3-6 month core experience at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Fellow in the Health Policy program to gain essential methodological skills; a 3-6 month applied research experience focused on health improvement issues; 3 months working with either a state or federal agency or department; and a 3 month final research project. Candidates are mid-career professionals with a passion for the development of evidence-based health policy at the state and federal levels. Fellows receive a stipend of $80,000 to spend one year as a full-time member of the NEHI team.
The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection of organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policy-making. One Fellow is selected each spring to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time, paid member of the AMA’s federal advocacy team for one year.
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