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Health and Aging Policy Fellows (HAPF) Program

Fellowships to USA Professionals to Address Health
Challenges and Health Care Policy for Aging Populations

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Fellowships to USA and territories professionals in a range of disciplines to participate in a year-long, hands-on program addressing health challenges facing aging populations. This program offers fellows the content, skills, and experience to be able to provide policy solutions and address health care system barriers.

The Program: The Health and Aging Policy Fellows (HAPF) Program begins with an extensive orientation session followed by ongoing mentorship, network building, professional training and policy work. The HAPF Program invites applicants from a wide range of disciplines, stages of career, and regions of the country. The common factor among all Health and Aging Policy Fellows is their shared passion and commitment to improving health policy and thereby improve the lives of older adults in the United States.

Orientation: The Health and Aging Policy Orientation is divided into three segments. The first segment of orientation is delivered by Academy Health and provides an extensive introduction and overview to health policy in America. The second provide a deep dive into health policy specifically focused on aging, with presentations delivered by leaders in health and aging from the Executive Branch, Congress, Federal and State Agencies, Advocacy Groups, and non-governmental organizations. In the third segment of orientation, Fellows participate in the American Political Science Association’s (APSA’s) Congressional Fellowship Orientation Program, which provides a focus on policymaking in Congress. APSA’s Congressional Fellowship Program is the most respected and longest running policy fellowship program in Washington, DC. Orientation is held in Washington, DC and housing in provided for all fellows during the orientation if needed.

Fellowship Tracks: The Program offers both a residential and non-residential track. Core program components focused on understanding the policymaking process, career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.

The residential track includes a placement of up to a year in Washington, DC or at a state agency. Fellows participate in the policymaking process as legislative assistants at the federal or state level or as professional staff members in executive branch agencies or policy organizations.

The non-residential track allows fellows to remain at their home institutions and requires that they dedicate at least 20% percent of their time to a “virtual” placement and/or project with agencies or organizations whose mission relates to health policy on aging. Non-residential fellows may focus on a health policy project that is global, federal, state or community-based.

Possible partnership organizations for global fellows could include funding agencies focused on global health and development. Possible partnership organizations for state and community fellows could include state and local agencies, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s), or health conversion foundations and other foundations with a state or local focus on aging.

In all cases, this program strives to establish partnership placement sites that commit resources to host a fellow and will work with organizations and placement sites to develop these partnerships (see Program Tracks).

Placement Partners: HAPF has also strong collaborations with many congressional offices, executive committees, and aging organizations, including for example: AcademyHealth, AARP, the American Society on Aging (ASA), the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others. Fellows will establish their placements and partnerships during the orientation phase of the year (see About the Fellowship – Partnerships).

Networks Get Things Done: One of the most important aspects of the Fellowship year is the development and expansion of your professional network. During the year, Fellows identify and engage several mentors to work with them on their specific policy goals and career objectives. In addition, Drs. Pincus and Pike provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to Fellows on how to approach and engage National Advisory Board members and national experts in health and aging.

The Selection Committee will assess each applicant from the national pool based on the following criteria:
-Commitment to health and aging issues and improving the health and well-being of older Americans
-Potential for leadership in health policy
-Professional qualifications and achievements
-Impact of the fellowship experience on the applicant’s career
-Interpersonal and communication skills

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179606

Number of Grants:

Generally, between 10-15 fellows are selected per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipends for residential fellows vary and are commensurate with each individual’s current base salary (up to $100,000 annually). In addition to a stipend, financial support will be provided for relocation (up to $4,500), and health insurance, if not able to be covered by institution (up to $400/month). The program does not cover employment taxes, compensate for retirement savings, or adjust the stipend for cost-of-living differences.

Non-residential fellows (Global, National, Local) may receive up to $10,000 to cover approved project-related expenses and travel costs. It is expected that applicants will secure institutional, in-kind support that will allow them to commit 20% of their time to their policy project. Non-residential applicants who are early in their career and cannot secure full institutional, in-kind support for their fellowship participation may apply for partial salary support from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program, up to a maximum of $15,000.

All Applicants must prepare a budget that reflects the institutional or other funding support available to the applicant to support participation in the Fellowship. The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program will supplement salary support to the extent that it is required and up to the limits indicated above.

Travel costs to fellowship-related meetings for all Fellows will be reimbursed by the National Program Office and are in addition to fellows’ stipends and non-residential fellows’ budgets. These expenses do not need to be included in the Applicants’ budgets.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship begins October 1 and ends September 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants at all career stages are eligible to apply.

The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus and past fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings.

Applicants must have a strong commitment to health and aging issues and should specify how the program would meet their particular career goals.

Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are interested in becoming a Health & Aging Policy Fellow and have questions, information sessions via phone will be offered on the following dates and times between October 3, 2017 and March 26, 2018 (all EST):

-Tuesday, October 3rd: 12-1 pm
-Monday, November 13th: 1-2 pm
-Monday, December 11th: 3-4 pm
-Monday, January 8th: 12-1 pm
-Monday, January 22nd: 1-2 pm
-Monday, February 5th: 3-4 pm
-Monday, February 26th: 12-1 pm
-Monday, March 12th: 1-2 pm
-Monday, March 26th: 2-3 pm

Pre-Application Information:

Submit your application with references as one PDF document by April 15. If April 15 falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday.

The Calendar:
-April 15: Applications are due (if April 15 falls on a weekend applications are due the following Monday)
-Mid-May: Finalists Selected
-Early-June: Finalists Interviewed in Washington DC
-Early-September: Incoming Fellows are invited to Previous Year’s Leadership Retreat
-October 1: Fellowship Officially Begins
-End of October: Orientation Begins
-First Week of December: Orientation Completed
-Early March: Communications Workshop (2-days)
-June: Spring Symposium
-September: Leadership Retreat
-September 30: Fellowship Completed

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More information about the fellowship tracks may be found here:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register for an information session, please contact:

Mayda Bosco

For administrative questions, please contact:

To discuss your application plan or eligibility, please contact:

Kathleen Pike, PhD

Harold A. Pincus, MD

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)