Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces its 2014–2015 Health Policy Fellows

    • September 3, 2014

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the selection of seven leading health professionals from across the country to participate in the 2014–2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program. The program provides exceptional midcareer health professionals the opportunity to actively participate in the health policy process at the federal level.

This year’s Fellows are:

  • Karen Armitage, MD, associate clinical professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico.
  • Lemuel Dent, MD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Marian Grant, DNP, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.
  • Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA, chief psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
  • Colleen Ann Leners, DNP, traumatic brain injury program manager for the Combat Casualty Care Center at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.
  • Karen Matthews, MD, acting branch chief of Health Information Exchange, Information Delivery/HIT of the Defense Health Agency.
  • Anh T. Nguyen, MD, MBA, medical officer in the Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“We are delighted to have such talented individuals from across the health professions selected to participate in what is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious fellowship opportunities in Washington, D.C.,” said David Colby, PhD, RWJF vice president for policy.

Each year, fellows are chosen through a highly 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 either a congressional office or the executive branch of the government. Work assignments are supplemented throughout the year with health policy leadership development activities and media training. Once they have completed the program, the fellows return to the field, where they put new networks and their health policy leadership skills into practice.

 

About RWJF Health Policy Fellows

RWJF 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. More than 250 fellows from a variety of disciplines in health and health care from across the nation have participated in the program since 1973. Additional information about the RWJF Health Policy Fellows can be found at www.healthpolicyfellows.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows (HPF) program, initiated in 1973 with the first fellows making their way to Capitol Hill in 1974, is conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The HPF program, with over 250 alumni, is celebrating 40 years of preparing leaders in health policy and practice.

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows (HPF) program, initiated in 1973 with the first fellows making their way to Capitol Hill in 1974, is conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The HPF program, with over 250 alumni, is celebrating 40 years of preparing leaders in health policy and practice.

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows (HPF) program, initiated in 1973 with the first fellows making their way to Capitol Hill in 1974, is conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The HPF program, with over 250 alumni, is celebrating 40 years of preparing leaders in health policy and practice.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937