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Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is Accepting Applications for 2011-2012

Health and Aging Policy Fellows

22 December 2010 - Original Source

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. The following is an announcement by Dr. Harold Alan Pincus, the program's National Director, for applications being accepted for the 2011-2012 fellowship year.


Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce the 4th year of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The goal is to create a cadre of leaders across multiple disciplines and career stages to serve as change agents to improve the lives of older adults.

Supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and directed by me in collaboration with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program, this national program provides professionals with a demonstrated commitment to health and aging issues with a remarkable opportunity to understand and impact policy.

The program offers two different tracks:

(1) Residential fellows work full-time in a nine-to-12-month placement (in the US Senate or House of Representatives, executive agencies, or 'think tank' organizations).

(2) Non-residential fellows remain in their current positions while working on a specific policy project which may involve brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.

Core program components focused on an extensive orientation and retreats on health, aging and legislative issues and processes, career development, mentorship and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.

Previous fellows have been placed in the US Senate Finance Committee; the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); House Democratic Caucus; offices of individual Senators and Congresspersons; Department of Veterans Affairs; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); US Department of Agriculture; Office of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; and Department of Transportation - working on a broad array of policy issues including the development and implementation of health care reform legislation.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a partner with the John Heinz Senate Fellowship in Issues of the Aging. Our programs have combined to create the joint John Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellowship. Each year, one individual will be designated the John Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow.

We are also a partner with the Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the 2011-2012 fellowship year, the CDC is once again sponsoring a non-residential Health and Aging Policy Fellow.

We seek your assistance in informing potential candidates of this opportunity. Please forward this notification to prospective applicants or others in the field who may know of such individuals, or to suggest other methods and/or venues for marketing the program.

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 fellowship year is May 9, 2011.

For further information, please visit our website at www.healthandagingpolicy.org or contact me or Phuong Huynh, Deputy Director of the program (