Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Dates of Program: 1973–2014

Description: The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics. The program enables exceptional mid-career health professionals and social scientists to participate in policy-making in Washington for a year—and to parlay that experience into leadership roles in health policy, health care, and public health.

Key Results

  • As of October 2013, more than 250 people from universities, community-based organizations, national associations, and health-related businesses have been fellows since 1973.

  • Fellows have contributed significantly to the health care policy debate and legislation.

  • The program has had a “significant positive impact on the professional development and advancement of fellows,” according to a 2006 assessment.

“There has not been a piece of health legislation that has gone out of the Congress in the last 40 years that has not been touched by fellows working on them.”—Marie Michnich, DrPH, Program Director

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