Date: May 23, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eight Health Professionals Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program
at the National Academy of Medicine
WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2016-2017 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows. Beginning in September, the eight health professionals selected will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. They will also engage in seminars and discussions on health policy and participate in leadership development programs.
The fellows were chosen in a national competition for highly accomplished health, behavioral, and social science professionals who have an interest in health policy. Their experiences in Washington will enrich their understanding of public policy formation and the ways federal and state government relate to the mission of their home institutions and local communities. The fellows program will commence with a three-month orientation, followed by a nine-month assignment in a congressional office or the executive branch, where they will be involved in health-related legislation and programs. After their Washington assignment, fellows will continue to receive support to sustain their development as health policy leaders.
“This class of outstanding fellows will be arriving at a remarkable time for U.S. health policy,” said Marie Michnich, director of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program at NAM. “They will be working with a new administration and a new Congress, which will present unique opportunities to learn about and contribute to federal health policy formation.”
The 2016-2017 fellows are:
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