Date: Aug. 20, 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seven Health Professionals Selected for
Competitive Health Policy Fellowship Program
In addition to assisting policymakers with health-related legislative and policy issues, the fellows will engage in seminars and discussions on developing health policy, and participate in leadership development programs. The experience will enrich their understanding of public policy practices and the ways government health research relates to the mission of their home institutions and local communities. After their stay in
"As a training ground for highly talented individuals who will transform health and health care, the fellowship provides the tools and resources they will need to develop expertise in health policy and politics," said Marie Michnich, director of RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program at IOM. "Working hand-in-hand with the best and brightest in federal health policy, the fellows gain an insider's perspective of the political process and develop unmatched leadership skills."
Established in 1973 at IOM with a grant from RWJF, the fellowship program develops the abilities of outstanding midcareer health professionals in academic and community-based settings by providing them with an understanding of the health policy process. More than 200 fellows from universities, colleges, and other health-related organizations across the nation have participated in this program.
Reginald Alston, Ph.D., professor and associate head, department of kinesiology and community health,
Margaret Moss, Ph.D., R.N., J.D., associate professor,
Janet Phoenix, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, department of environmental and occupational health, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Robert Ratner, M.D., vice president for scientific affairs, MedStar Research Institute, and professor of medicine, division of endocrinology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Justina Trott, M.D., FACP, director, Women's Health Services,
Thomas Tsang, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer,
Leonard Zwelling, M.D., M.B.A., professor of medicine and pharmacology,
Additional information about this program and the fellows can be found at
Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the
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