The year-long Health and Aging Policy Fellows program offers fellows the opportunity to participate in a residential track or a non-residential track. The residential track allows fellows to participate in the policymaking process on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistants in Congress, professional staff members in executive branch agencies or policy organizations. The non-residential track allows fellows to remain at their home institution but work on a policy project that involves brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.
We are pleased to announce that the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program has launched two new non-residential fellowship tracks beginning 2015-2016. The global track will allow 1-3 fellows to participate on global policy issues related to health and aging. The community track will allow 1-3 fellows to participate on state and local policy issues related to health and aging. The goals of the global and community tracks are for fellows to build global or local capacity in health and aging policy, respectively, and also to build long-term partnerships between the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program and global or community foundations and other organizations. Possible partnership organizations for global fellows could include funding agencies focused on global health and development. Possible partnership organizations for community fellows could include state and local agencies, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s), or health conversion foundations and other foundations with a state or local focus on aging. In all cases, we strive to establish partnership placement sites that commit resources to host a fellow and will work with organizations and placement sites to develop these partnerships.
Our key partner in this effort is the American Political Science Association which has established the most respected and longest running policy fellowship program in Washington, DC.
We would like to specially acknowledge our partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Gerontological Society of American (GSA) and their National Hartford Centers for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and the Veterans Health Administration. These organizations have committed support for Health and Aging Policy Fellows and these partnerships are an essential component of support for the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship to expand the program experience and the impact of the fellowship.
We have also strong collaborations with AcademyHealth, AARP, the American Society on Aging (ASA), the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Practice Change Fellows Program, as well as other agencies including: the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others.
(For more information, please see this website under “About the Fellowship – Partnerships“)
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is directed by Harold Alan Pincus, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University (in collaboration with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program) and made possible by the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.