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Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program The Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Program is designed to develop the capacity of outstanding mid-career health professionals in academic and community-based set- t~ngs to assume leadership roles In health policy and management. This career development program provides an opportunity to gain an understanding of the health policy process and to contribute to the formulation of new policies and programs. The program, initiated in 1973, is fi~nded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and man- aged by TOM. Six Fellows participate each year in a year-Ion" pro- gram of orientation and full-time work experience in Washington, D.C. Fellows are selected Tom: (~) academic faculties in medicine, dentistry, the biomedical sciences, nursing, public health, health serv- ices administration, the allied health professions, economics, and other social sciences; and (2) related organized, community-based provid- ers, arid institutions in the health care system, such as health ma~nte- nance organizations. The September-to-AIlgust program begins with an 8-week onen- tation penod arranged by the TOM. Fellows meet with key White 95
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Informing the Future: Critical Issues . in Health House advisers, including officials of the Office of Management and Budget; top administrators of agencies responsible for health activi- ties; congressional committee staff members; and representatives of health interest groups. Also included in this period are seminars on health economics, the congressional budget process, and the politics and process of federal decision-making. In subsequent weeks the Health Policy Fellows join with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellows for sessions with senators, representatives, and other experts on the na- tional political and governmental process. During this period, Fellows contact congressional offices that have an active interest in health is- sues and, in consultation with the program director, negotiate their working assignments. Assignments in the executive branch are also possible. The work assignments begin in December and end in August. During these assignments, Fellows help develop legislative proposals, arrange hearings, brief legislators for committee sessions and floor debates, and participate with staff in House and Senate conferences. They take part in all areas of the policy process, not as onlookers, but as working participants. edu/rwj. 96 For more information, visit the program's website at www.iom.