The Wellstone Fellow’s primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of conferences and trainings for advocates and community leaders; drafting talking points, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications; and developing content for the Families USA website and email lists. During the year, the Fellow will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, Medicaid, Medicare, and other important health policy issues. At the same time, the Wellstone Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations and will work directly with our network of state consumer health advocates and organizations.
Focus- The Wellstone Fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone Fellowship must demonstrate an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.
Eligibility- In order to be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We prefer that applicants have a college degree or plan to receive a degree by program start date. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Submission- A completed application form, a personal statement with responses to two short answer questions and a resume all mailed; an official copy of her or his most recent college or graduate school transcript sent directly from the school’s registrar’s office; three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references and/or references who can attest to the applicant’s community involvement, sent directly from the references themselves. Letters can be emailed if they are a PDF version of a signed original letter and sent from the reference's professional email account.
Criteria- The most important quality sought in an applicant is a demonstrable passion for justice in the health care system. Applicants who have experience working with and on behalf of low-income and other vulnerable constituencies, and who have a keen interest in health care policy are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills. Successful applicants should also exhibit excellent leadership capabilities and professionalism, as well as a desire to continue doing social justice work in the future.
Benefits- The fellowship will last one academic year and the Fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Wellstone Fellow is selected each year.