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Calling Physician Advocates! 2018 Copello Fellowship Opens – Application Deadline Dec 4

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 14, 2017 at 3:55 PM

The NPA Copello Fellowship is designed to support physicians in becoming effective patient advocates in their communities and nationally. Selected Fellows will build skills in collaboration with nine other fellows in key states to plan and implement strategies at the state and national level to reduce high Rx drug costs and promote “patients first” health policies and practices.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 focus of the NPA Copello Physicians Health Advocacy Fellowship will be on high drug costs—an issue that’s at the top of the list of public concerns and one that we, as physicians, confront daily.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Ten fellows will be selected with particular interest in identifying potential leaders in states where prospects for legislative action are favorable. Fellows will analyze the range of policy options guided by pioneering work led by Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, past NPA Copello Fellow and current NPA FDA Task Force Co-Chair, outlined in the new report “Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: A Primer for States released this summer by the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), in collaboration with the National Physicians Alliance and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.

Additional issue education and support will be provided by experts at Public Citizen, a leading voice for consumer protections, high-quality, affordable health care, and lowering Rx drug prices, and other NPA partners and allies working for health justice. Fellows will hone their leadership and advocacy skills and apply what they’ve learned in their practices and at the state and national levels.

If you are looking to develop your advocacy and media skills, network with like-minded physician colleagues, and learn how you can make your case most effectively with state and federal policy-makers, we invite you to apply for the 2018 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship. Learn more about the program here.

If you are interested, please email your CV, a short personal statement of interest (250 word limit), and a short description (250 word limit) of your ideas for an action project to becky@npalliance.org — Application deadline December 4, 2017.

The 2018 Copello Fellowship co-directors are Steve Smith, MD, MPH, Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, and Greg Lam, MD. You can read their bios, learn more about Dr. A. Gene Copello who’s memory the fellowship honors and more specifics about the program on our website. If you have questions please contact Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director via becky@npalliance.org or cell 914/518-7051.

We look forward to reading your application!

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