The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials and an interest in serving as a staff person in the U.S. Congress. The fellowship is based in Washington, D.C. One fellow will be chosen each year.
The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health. Much of the work developing public policy happens at the staff level, where these critical issues are not well understood or incorporated into the discussion. The fellow will have the opportunity to make an impact and improve the health of the public.
The fellowship aims to:
Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and public health professionals;
Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful, including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
Increase the visibility and impact public health professionals in the policy arena;
Increase attention to and focus on the social determinants of health and the goal of improving health equity and creating healthy communities;
Support the inclusion of sound public health science in policy; and
Create a culture of policy engagement for public health professionals.