2018 VA Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program: Call for Applicants

From the Office of Academic Affiliations (10A2D), VA Central Office:
We are delighted to write to you about a unique opportunity to represent the Department of Veterans Affairs as a VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellow  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.
https://www.va.gov/oaa/specialfellows/programs/SF_Health_and_Aging.asp?p=22
Pre-applications are being accepted at any time up until March 30, 2018 and full applications are due no later than April 16, 2018 for the program slated to begin in Fall, 2018.