In today’s highly polarized political environment, the CHRT Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan is unique. We bring together Republican and Democratic policy makers with health services researchers to learn about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two from seasoned experts—and from each other.
Over four months, fellows meet in Ann Arbor for seven day-long, seminar-style presentations on public health policy and current issues affecting health policy and practice in Michigan and nationally. In addition, fellows take experiential learning trips to Detroit, Lansing, and Washington, D.C. to see health care, and policy, in motion.
For more information and to apply for the upcoming class, contact Molly Welch-Marhara at (734) 998-0225 or email@example.com
Since CHRT selected its first class in 2012, 60 fellows have graduated from the program. Their Fellowship projects have led to:
- Collaborating with the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health to work toward updating child passenger safety legislation in Michigan.
- Partnering with CHRT, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and the State of Michigan to begin organizing a statewide work group to coordinate sepsis care in the state.
- Partnering with the Michigan League for Public Policy to add to the effort to expand the Healthy Kids Dental Program in all 83 Michigan counties.
- Developing, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, a statewide, regional approach to better respond to medical emergencies in the state of Michigan in timely manner.
- Building connections with policy makers across the aisle to introduce legislation to expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners.
Being able to work and interact with people from different backgrounds and perspectives showed us all that we’re actually not that different. Bridging gaps like that are so important for public policy and it helps us all work towards building better communities and a better society. If there were more fellowships or opportunities like this, I think we might live in a very different world. I’m just very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet everyone, exchange ideas, and debate timely public policy issues.
Sarah Smock, Health Policy Advisor, Senate Majority Policy Office
After the fellowship ends, I hope to plan research projects that will directly inform policy decisions and use the tools learned during the fellowship to communicate those findings effectively to policymakers.
Megan Adams, Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Gastroenterology, U-M Medical School