Date:  July 13, 2015


Six Health Professionals Selected for RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program

at the National Academy of Medicine


WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2015-2016 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows.  Beginning in September, the six 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 legislation and programs.  After their Washington assignment, fellows will continue to receive support to sustain their development as health policy leaders. 


"With several critical areas of health policy remaining at the top of the federal agenda, this class of fellows  brings great expertise and health care experience to the decision making process," said Marie Michnich, director of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program at NAM.  "It promises to be an exciting year ahead, one where the fellows will have ample opportunity to both contribute and learn."


The 2015-2016 fellows are:



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