Click to apply for APHA's paid Public Health Fellowship in Government

Click to apply for APHA’s paid Public Health Fellowship in Government

Do you want to make public health a nationwide priority? APHA is seeking applicants for the paid 2017 Public Health Fellowship in Government to do just that.

The ninth-annual, yearlong fellowship brings together public health and policymaking. The fellow will spend a year in Washington, D.C., beginning in January, working closely with members of Congress on Capitol Hill on issues in health policy. Applications, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, are due by mail or via email by August 15. Applicants must:

  • be an APHA member;
  • have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline;
  • have at least five years of experience as a public health professional – outside of graduate or medical training; and
  • be a citizen of the United States or its territories or be a permanent resident of the United States.

“This is a life changing program to impact pressing public health issues like funding, health equity, environmental health concerns or the social determinants of health  that  you’re not able to get anywhere else ” APHA Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy Susan Polan, PhD, said of the fellowship. “Fellows will have the chance to get up close and personal  to public health policymaking at a very interesting time in politics and with a new administration next year.”

By working in Congress for either a representative or senator, fellows gain experience  the legislative process and how the federal government works while bringing valuable scientific information and insight to policymakers. The fellowship places an emphasis on the importance of integrating science with policy, and promotes an exchange between lawmakers and professionals in public health.

Last year’s fellow, Sarah Moreland-Russell, PhD, MPH, had the opportunity to work as a staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). She analyzed legislation related to childhood nutrition and well-being, as well as general health, participated in meetings with both constituents and lobbyists, wrote letters to agencies within the executive branch on public health policy issues regarding a variety of issues, and shared her research experience and expertise in public health to help other staffers and policymakers.

Moreland-Russell told Public Health Newswire that the program was “a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly on federal policymaking.” She added of her experience: “While challenging, this experience [was] incredibly rewarding in that I [was] afforded the opportunity to help determine policy strategies for improving public health practice and programming.”

Additional fellowship experiences include 2013 fellow Barbara Baylor, MPH who worked with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York); and 2011 fellow André Stanley, MPH, who worked as the health legislative assistant for Rep. Brad Miller (D-North Carolina) during a time when the Affordable Care Act was in dispute in 26 states. According to Stanley, the fellowship program was a “transformative experience for me. It has definitely affected how I view politics and advocacy. Regardless of where I end up, my view of government and politics has been changed forever by this fellowship.”

Visit the APHA Internships & Fellowships page to learn more and apply.