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    Dr. David Satcher and graduates

    Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program

    The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program (est. 2009) is a multi-disciplinary training program designed to provide postdoctoral professionals with the specific knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to prepare them for leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices that reduce health disparities and advance health equity. Consistent with the vision and mission of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI), it is the goal of the fellowship program to develop a diverse group of health leaders who care enough, know enough, do enough and are persistent enough to help realize global health equity.

    Fellowship candidates may also be considered for a unique concurrent training program through our partnership with Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability.  The Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (GaLEND) interdisciplinary training program prepares health leaders to serve children with developmental disorders and their families. Combined Health Policy/GaLEND fellows divide their time, fulfilling the requirements of both programs.


    Eligibility

    Applicants eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowship must have received their doctoral degree (i.e. Ph.D., DrPH, J.D., or equivalent) or medical degree (M.D., D.O., etc.), with completed residency training. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Degree requirements must be completed by June 1 prior to starting the fellowship. Residency training must be completed by June 30 prior to starting the fellowship.

    Program Description

    The fellowship is a full time 10-month program, beginning in September and ending in June of the following year. Fellows may be eligible for faculty appointments in academic departments related to their disciplines or may have additional training opportunities through our partnerships. This will include shared time and responsibilities with the supporting department or partner. A limited amount of fellowship-related travel is required. All fellows will receive a $50,000 salary including health and dental insurance, through Morehouse School of Medicine.  Support for fellowship-related books, travel and conferences will also be provided.

    Curriculum

    The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program’s major focus areas include leadership, health policy, and health equity with concentrations in both behavioral and sexual health. The comprehensive curriculum includes formal and informal didactics, legislative shadowing and learning experiences, health policy journal club, and leadership forums. In addition, fellows may have practice, teaching, and/or research responsibilities with supporting academic departments, and will complete community-based practicum experiences and a health policy research project. All fellows will also participate in the National Center for Primary Care Faculty Development Program, which is one-half day weekly. 

    Didactic Sessions

    Interactive didactic sessions are designed to cover the gamut of basic and advanced content from which fellows build and advance their knowledge base.  Content areas include topics in health systems, public health, health policy, health disparities, sexual health, behavioral health and leadership development. Fellows actively learn and participate in sessions through presentations, case studies, group blogs and other activities. 

    Community-Based Practicum Experiences
    Fellows will complete two 8-week practicum experiences, one in sexual health and the other in behavioral health. Community-based practicum experiences are designed as opportunities to get involved with a broad range of governmental and community-based organizations and apply their knowledge and skills related to both policy analysis and organizational leadership. Fellows will choose the venues for their experiences. Select fellows will be placed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente.

     
     
    Congressman John Lewis,
    inaugural fellows and faculty

    Leadership Experiences
    Fellows participate in learning and leadership experiences with government leaders, community leaders, and decision makers at the local, state and national levels. This includes shadowing Georgia State Legislators during the legislative session and a one week policy experience in Washington, D.C., providing the opportunity to observe firsthand how health policy making intersects with both politics and the legislative process.  Fellows also have leadership experiences with local community organizations, health care organizations, public health organizations and health care professional organizations. This provides exposure to leadership styles and strategies across a variety of organizational types and structures.

    Leadership Sessions
    Leadership sessions are held monthly to provide opportunities to meet and learn about the challenges of leadership from a pool of experts. Leaders from government, business, health care, public health, academic institutions and community organizations serve as subject matter experts and lead discussions regarding identified leadership issues.

    Health Policy Journal Club
    Fellows are responsible for presenting a monthly health policy journal club to discuss current articles related to health policy, particularly as it relates to health disparities and health equity.

    Health Policy Research Project
    Fellows are required to complete a health policy research project resulting in a manuscript submitted for publication. Research projects must address a health policy issue that impacts disparities in health. Projects can be related to departmental work, community practicum experiences or an area of health policy interest. The topic of research must be approved by the Fellowship Director.

    Faculty Development
    All fellows will participate in the National Center for Primary Care Faculty Development Program, a modular program, designed to develop critical teaching, writing and research skills for health professionals, in a supportive, nurturing environment. This program usually takes place one half-day weekly.

    Select fellows will be awarded a faculty appointment with a Morehouse School of Medicine academic department based on their area of training or interest. Responsibilities of a faculty appointment may include course instruction, grant writing, training of medical students, public health students and residents, clinical practice or other duties.  Fellows’ time will be divided, fulfilling fellowship requirements and departmental duties.

    Concurrent Opportunities
    The Combined Health Policy/GaLEND fellowship provides the opportunity for concurrent training through our partnership with Georgia State University's Center for Leadership in Disability. Candidates with the appropriate background and interests will be considered for this unique training program, which leverages the strengths of both institutions.  The Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (GaLEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program prepares health leaders to serve children with developmental disorders and related disabilities and their families. The selected fellow’s time will be divided, fulfilling the requirements of both programs. 


     
    2012 graduates and faculty members 

    Program Objectives

    The goal of the Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program is to ensure that by the end of the program fellows achieve the necessary knowledge, experiences, and skills to:

    •Critically analyze issues, programs, and policies that impact health and health care, particularly as they relate to disparities in health and advancing health equity.
    •Inform and develop health policies that reduce disparities in health and advance health equity. 
    •Assume leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices that reduce health disparities and advance health equity. 
    •Work effectively with disadvantaged communities and develop sustainable programs and organizations that support the reduction of health disparities and advancement of health equity.

    Funding

    The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program receives grant funding from the following agencies and organizations:

    •Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
    •Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Branch
    •Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
    •Kaiser Permanente
    •Northrop Grumman

    For further information, email healthpolicyfellowship@msm.edu 

    Or contact:

    Harry J. Heiman, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director of Health Policy 
    Satcher Health Leadership Institute
    Phone: 404-752-1694

    L. Lerissa Smith, M.P.H.
    Program Manager, Division of Health Policy
    Satcher Health Leadership Institute
    Phone:  404-752-1825