OAA Associated Health National Discipline Leaders: 2022 VA Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program: Call for Applicants

Jan 6, 2022 | Optometry HQ Announcements


Action: Please share this announcement as quickly as possible with your educational program leadership and departmental leadership throughout your network and facilities

We are excited to announce that applications for VA employees are now being accepted for the 2022 VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This one-year mentored policy program, sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

Benefits of participation in this program include formal sessions for fellows in Washington, DC and other locations addressing health and aging policy along with general career development and professional enrichment content; a nationally recognized mentor to assist the fellow’s policy and career development; and participation in an ongoing community of peers and mentors to advance knowledge and practice to improve the Nation’s health and the profession.

VA Fellows must be nominated by the Office of Academic Affiliations and will be selected by Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program through a national competition based on the applicant’s commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus: Fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders. The program is open to U.S. citizens at all career stages, with a focus on those early or midway through their careers.

A paid VA appointment is required prior to starting The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program as a VA Fellow but is not required at the time of application. Part-time VA appointments are acceptable to meet eligibility criteria. Applicants may be VA staff or trainees (e.g. Advanced Fellows).

Please take a moment to read the information about this program provided on the link below, and consider those within your facilities and programs who may benefit from this tremendous opportunity. Kindly share this announcement with leaders of departments throughout your medical centers and geriatric leadership to identify great candidates!

Stage-1 applications are being accepted at any time up until March 25, 2022 and Stage-2 applications are due no later than April 15, 2022 for the program slated to begin in Fall, 2022.

Please contact me if you or any interested applicants have any questions about the program or the application process.
Thank you so very much!

Deborah Ludke, MHA
National Operations Officer
Advanced Fellowships & Professional Development
VHA Office of Academic Affiliations (14AA)
Department of Veterans Affairs