Ten exceptional health professionals have been selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows for 2009–2010. The 10 fellows will utilize their wide range of academic, public health, clinical and community-based experience to provide health policy leadership on Capitol Hill to improve health and health care.
Each year, fellows are selected through a competitive selection process. They leave their academic settings and professional practices to spend a year in the nation’s capital. A three-month orientation program is followed by a nine-month assignment in which fellows work in a congressional office or the executive branch. Work assignments are supplemented throughout the year with health policy leadership development activities and media training.
“This is a particularly remarkable year to contribute much-needed practical knowledge of health and health care to Washington, D.C. Our fellows will have the chance to impact health reform directly,” said Michael Painter, J.D., M.D., RWJF senior program officer and 2003–2004 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. “The ‘hands-on’ health and health care experience of our fellows provides a critical perspective to the reform debate.”
In September, following the one-year experience, fellows can choose to extend their Washington stay past the fellowship period through the end of the legislative session. Once they’ve completed the program, fellows return to their respective institutions or take another appropriate position where they further develop their health policy leadership skills. They become part of a nationwide alumni network and typically return to Washington yearly to attend the Institute of Medicine’s annual meeting and get an update on issues and trends in health and health care policy.
Over 200 fellows from universities, colleges and other health-related organizations across the nation have participated since 1973. The following fellows have been selected for the 2009–2010 program:
The Health Policy Fellows is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Additional information about the RWJF Health Policy Fellows can be found at www.healthpolicyfellows.org.