Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program, 1999 – 2003
Established in 1999, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Native American Health Policy Fellowships were awarded to outstanding American Indian/Alaska Natives who made their career in health-related fields and were interested in health policy. The purpose of the fellowship was to give American Indian/Alaska Native community leaders an opportunity to learn more about national health policy issues and the policymaking process. Fellows were given the opportunity to work full-time for one year in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, develop their research and analytic skills by writing a policy paper as well as participate in seminars on health and welfare policy issues, and meet with top health administrators, elected representatives, Congressional staff, and experts from policy research groups.
The Fellowship Program placed fourteen AI/ANs in Congressional or senior Executive Branch offices between 1999 and 2003. Some of the fellows have returned to their communities to use their new knowledge and skills, while others have assumed new roles with national health organizations.