Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH, Director
Lenore Jarvis MD, MEd
Lauren Gambill MD, MPA
The Health Policy Scholars Program (HPSP) is a NEW 3-year faculty development program designed to educate APA members on the development of a systematic and scholarly approach to health policy and advocacy. The primary goal of the APA HPSP is to prepare scholars for a successful academic career in public policy and advocacy through mentorship, networking, and designing projects that meet the standards for professional review.
One cohort of HPSP scholars will matriculate every three years.
Over the three-year program, scholars will:
- Design and execute a scholarly project focused on child health and well-being within the current policy landscape.
- Collaborate with, receive project-related feedback, and career mentorship from well-known national and local leaders in public policy and advocacy.
- Develop a structured advocacy portfolio to outline a scholarly approach to advocacy activities, guide career planning, and support academic promotion.
- Interact with faculty during yearly full-day PAS sessions that will focus on health policy, communication, messaging, influencing policy, dissemination of scholarly work, leadership, and networking.
- Learn about epidemiology, population health, Medicaid, and private insurance applicable to public policy and advocacy.
- Participate in faculty-facilitated and peer-mentored project-in-progress sessions.
- Experience local, state, and national role of public policy and advocacy.
- Disseminate findings by national presentation, white paper, manuscript, or other non-traditional academic work products (e.g., legislative testimony, bill).
- Scholars are expected to complete the full curriculum, including a scholarly project, advocacy portfolio, and a longitudinal legislative experience over 3-4 years.
- Graduating scholars will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Health Policy and Advocacy.
The call for scholar applications will open July 1, 2020.
In addition to being a current member of the APA, the following will be required at the time of application:
- Personal statement (1 page) and CV
- Proposed project description with clear project objectives (1 page)
- A letter of support from the Division Director and Chair with support for the following: 10% FTE dedicated to participation in the program and a one-time tuition fee of $5,600, due at the time of enrollment.
- A letter of support and CV from a local mentor. Local mentors should have experience in public policy and advocacy and/or research experience and be willing to act in a mentorship role both to refine the project and engage in career planning. APA can help applicants identify local mentors if required prior to submitting the application.
- An application fee of $125, charged at the time of submission of the application.
APA members (e.g., pediatric advocates, clinicians, educators, or researchers) in early or mid-career interested in a scholarly approach to public policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply.