The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is launching a new fellowship program designed to provide up to five early-career individuals from communities of color an opportunity to:
- Learn about state health policy from a state leader of color;
- Develop a project with that leader;
- Engage in educational and professional development; and
- Cultivate support within the state health policy community.
The Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) virtual fellowship runs from Dec. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021 and requires individuals to commit approximately 15 hours a month to fellowship work. Each fellow is provided a stipend of $2,000 and a full scholarship covering travel expenses and registration fees to attend NASHP’s annual health policy conference. Completed applications, including a resume, are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
NASHP’s ELC fellowship aims to advance health equity through the active empowerment of emerging and aspiring state health policy leaders from communities of color, particularly Black communities.
Racism, embedded in social institutions, leads to policies that disproportionately impact communities of color. Listening to and amplifying the voices of those most impacted by structural racism is essential to the development of equitable health policy. To change the structures that promote racial injustice and health inequities, impacted individuals must not only inform health policy as community stakeholders but serve as leaders in all levels of government policy development and program administration. NASHP’s ELC fellowship is committed to identifying emerging and aspiring health policy leaders from communities of color and equipping them with the skills and tools needed to shape state health policy.
Selected applicants will be matched with an advisor in state government – selected from NASHP’s academy of state health officials – to help fellows learn about, navigate, and gain hands-on experience in state health policy. NASHP will provide additional guided learning opportunities for fellows and develop a community to share support and educational/ professional opportunities. Each fellow will meaningfully contribute to state health policy by completing a deliverable designed with their advisor.
This virtual fellowship will culminate with the opportunity for fellows to present their achievements to NASHP staff and at NASHP’s annual state health policy conference, scheduled for August 2021. NASHP will continue to provide opportunities for fellows to engage in state health policy. NASHP invites fellows to attend NASHP’s conference free of charge so they can connect with each other, their advisors, NASHP staff, and others. They can also attend NASHP’s state-only webinars as appropriate and access opportunities for future learning or career advancement.
NASHP’s ELC fellowship is designed to provide an accessible pathway for people of color to enter state government, and related non-governmental organizations, to lead in the development and administration of state health policy informed by their lived experience. Fellows will be supported in job seeking and informed of job opportunities in their field during and following the fellowship, and NASHP will connect them with state recruitment efforts.
NASHP seeks applicants who:
- Have obtained a bachelor’s degree;
- Are recent college graduates and/or entry- to mid-level professionals;
- Express an interest in a career in state health policy;
- Have 0 to 5 years of public health/health policy work experience; and
- Can commit at least 15 hours per month on average (schedules can be flexible) from Dec. 1, 2020 to Aug. 15, 2021.
A stipend of $2,000, and travel expenses and a full registration scholarship to attend NASHP’s annual state health policy conference.
Please copy and paste the application form below into a separate document. Email the completed application and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct questions to Adney Rakotoniaina at email@example.com
NASHP ELC Fellowship Application Form
Please email your completed application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. NASHP will contact finalists via email to schedule a brief phone interview, which will determine selection.
How did you hear about the ELC fellowship? (indicate all that apply)
- NASHP E-newsletter
- NASHP Careers webpage
- Academic institution
- Community organization
- Friend/ family member
- Current/ former colleague
- Other (please describe): ________________
Please mark all of the following health policy issues that you are interested in or would like to learn about more. Rank your top three issues of interest (1 being of the most interest and 3 being the least).
- Maternal, child, and adolescent health
- Chronic and complex populations (mental health, SUD, HIV/AIDS, long-term care, etc.)
- Health system costs
- Health coverage and access (Medicaid, CHIP, insurance marketplaces)
- Population health (community health workers, housing and health, social determinants)
- Prescription drug pricing
- Racial equity
- Other (please list): _____________________
Please limit your responses to the following questions to 250 words or less each.
What would you like to gain from this program?
What do you believe sets you apart from others in health profession/health policy fields who seek to “help people?” How has this confirmed your decision to pursue a career in state health policy?
Please describe your experience with health equity from a personal and/or professional perspective. How will your insights contribute to the ELC fellowship’s goal of listening to and amplifying the voices of those most impacted by structural racism in order to develop equitable health policy?