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Grassroots advocacy has been reenergized in the past year as concerned citizens have made their voices heard to their elected representatives on a wide range of issues from the Affordable Care Act to gun control. More than ever, it’s crucial for policymakers to hear from PA students on the issues that matter most to them.
Are you curious about how things really get done in Washington? Then apply for the 2018-2019 PAEA Student Health Policy Fellowship program. Up to 14 PA students will be selected to participate in this special program designed to develop leadership and advocacy skills. Applications are due no later than 5 PM EST on July 13, 2018.
The PAEA Student Health Policy Fellowship is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the political process and health policy. The ultimate goal is to inspire and prepare fellows for lifelong grassroots advocacy, both in Washington and at home, that promotes the PA profession as an integral part of the health care system.
This program is a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, DC, where fellows will learn about advocacy and policymaking processes, interact with fellow leaders, and meet with their representatives and staff on Capitol Hill. By the end of the fellowship, participants will have developed skills in three key areas:
Fellows will learn how the legislative process works at the federal level and how to become effective advocates for PA education and the PA profession.
Fellows will build and refine the skills necessary to organize and lead others in both advancing health policy priorities and serving as an advocate for the PA profession at the local, state, and national level.
PAs and the Health Care Environment
Fellows will develop an appreciation for grassroots advocacy in advancing the goals of PA education and practice in communities.
In addition to the three-day meeting in Washington, DC, the fellowship requires that each participant complete an advocacy project under the guidance of a program faculty mentor by September 2019. Advocacy projects should be creative and demonstrate a positive impact on the PA profession, local or state community, or PA programs. Examples of past projects include:
· Organizing a “lobby day” at the state capitol
· Hosting a member of Congress or their staff at your PA program
· Student advocacy presentations at PA state association meetings
· PA awareness campaigns with community health centers
Students who are accepted will receive guidelines on the development of a project proposal during the fellowship experience in Washington, DC.
All PA students in an accredited PAEA member program are eligible and encouraged to apply, including incoming, first-year, and second-year students. Incoming PA students are eligible to apply if they will be enrolled as of September 1, 2018. Second-year students are eligible to apply if their graduation date is no earlier than August 1, 2018.
The program director must sign the certification form, attest that the student is in good academic and professional standing, and agree that the student will be released from classes September 9-12, 2018. In addition, the program director must assign a faculty mentor in advance to assist the fellow with the advocacy project.