As part of the annual program, each fellow will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on an assignment in either a congressional office or the executive branch while participating in health policy leadership development activities and media training. Upon completion of the program, the fellows, who come from a range of fields, including radiology and nursing, will return to their full-time positions and put their health policy leadership skills into practice.
This year's RWJF Health Policy Fellows are Barbara Damron (University of New Mexico College of Nursing and University of New Mexico Cancer Center), Karen B. Domino (University of Washington School of Medicine), Bruce Edgren (Saint Joseph College), Stephen Ferrara (U.S. Navy), Andrew Gettinger (Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center), Harry J. Heiman (Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher Health Leadership Institute), Peter Sokolove (University of California, Davis Health System), and Hassan A. Tetteh (National Naval Medical Center and U.S. Navy Medical Corps).
"The RWJF Health Policy Fellowship provides firsthand training on how to use health policy to improve public health and health care," said Marie E. Michnich, director and alumna of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program. "For thirty-seven years, this program has attracted some of the most talented professionals in health and health care. Our 2012-13 fellows continue to raise the bar."