Since its inception, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has understood the importance of enlisting the help of the nation’s top health and health care professionals in discussions of federal health care policy. RWJF Health Policy Fellows, a three-year program, begins with a one-year residency in Washington for exceptional midcareer health and health care professionals, as well as behavioral and social scientists seeking to learn about and impact health care policy. Working for Congress or the administration on health policy issues, fellows undergo an intense training program, meet with key health policy leaders, and gain firsthand experience in the political process. Then the program, one of the most prestigious Washington fellowships, supports fellows for up to two additional years as they transition to a new stage in their careers. Through the program, fellows have the opportunity to combine their real-world knowledge with hands-on political experience to effectively inform policy to create a better, healthier nation.
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The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program was initiated in 1973, with the first fellows making their way to Capitol Hill in 1974.