Public Health Fellowship in Government

Program Purpose

All About the Fellowship (PDF)

Guidelines and Instructions for Applicants (PDF)

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. The overarching goals are to increase the capac­ity of public health professionals to inform the discussions and the decisions of the individuals and institutions that influence or determine policies and to provide relevant expertise and analysis to support decision-makers confronting increasingly complex issues.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Establish and nurture critical links between federal decision makers and public health professionals;
  • Educate public health professionals about the legislative process and the skills necessary to be successful including the ability to translate complex public health issues into legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives;
  • Foster positive exchanges between public health professionals and policymakers; and
  • Increase the visibility and impact public health professional in the policy arena.

The Public Health Fellowship in Government is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back at a later date.


APHA is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Public Health Fellow in Government 

Sarah Moreland-Russell, PhD, MPH


Sarah Moreland-Russell is Assistant Research Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a public health policy scientist and scholar of dissemination and implementation research. Sarah’s current research focuses on public health policy development, analysis, and evaluation. Her work has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Missouri Foundation for Health and has made contributions to the need for local, state, and national public health policy adoption, strategies for disseminating results for more effective implementation of evidence-based policy, and the evaluation and sustainability of public health programs.

Sarah is currently serving as the APHA congressional fellow for the 114th Congress for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) where she advises on health- related policy action. As a member of Senator Gillibrand’s office Sarah has utilized her public health expertise and research practice to help analyze legislation and brainstorm innovative policy strategies for addressing complicated public health related issues; participate in meetings with constituents, lobbyists and stakeholders; and to communicate with executive branch agencies to outline public health policy concerns regarding a variety of issues.

Sarah plans to utilize her experience to create opportunities for other public health practitioners to learn how to actively participate in the policy process. Specifically, she plans on developing coursework and practicum experiences for public health students so that can gain the knowledge and skill to engage in the development, advocacy, evaluation and implementation of public health policy. 


PAST FELLOWS

Termika Smith, MPA

Recipient of the 2015 APHA Public Health Fellowship and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow.

Barbara Baylor, MPH, CHES

Recipient of the 2013 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow. Upon completion of her fellowship, Barbara has accepted a position as Policy Advocate for Health Issues with the DC branch of the United Church of Christ. She will apply her learning to help communicate and translate national policies to local faith and community organizations for action and to develop a national faith-based youth health policy.

Read about Barbara’s year on the Hill…

Jamesine (Jamie) Rogers, MPH

Recipient of the 2012 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow

André Stanley, MPH

Recipient of the 2011 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow engaging in the federal public policy process and to gain a deeper understanding of the membership, organizational structure and legislative processes and procedures of the United States Congress.

Read about André’s year on the Hill…

Craig Mosbaek, MPH

Recipient of the 2010 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow

Read about Craig’s year on the Hill…

Monica Feit, MPH

Recipient of the 2009 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow

Read about Monica’s year on the Hill…

Fern Goodhart, MPH

Fern was selected as the first APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government and Brookings Institute LEGIS Congressional Fellow and currently works in the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) championing domestic social issues affecting health, children, education, aging, Indian Health and Education and advancing legislative and policy recommendations.

Read about Fern's year on the Hill...

APHA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Aetna Foundation for the 2015-2016 Fellow, and an unrestricted grant from Pfizer External Medical Affairs for previous years.