2014 Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship

2014 Copello Fellow Resources–(private page)

Are you a physician interested in deepening your advocacy skill set and building your local professional network?  Are you interested in understanding and removing obstacles to high value health care in our country?  If so, consider applying for the NPA’s 2014 Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship.  It is a terrific way to become more involved with NPA’s work in the coming year.


In Memory of Dr. A. Gene Copello

Launched in 2010 as the A. Gene Copello Physician Leadership Summit, the NPA continues to provide professional development to selected physicians from across the country through the expanded Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship.  This fellowship honors the life and work of Dr. A. Gene Copello through ongoing action on behalf of patients.  Click here to read more about Gene’s legacy.

Our 2014 Copello program will explore cultural shifts required to achieve high value health care:

  • How can physicians help re-direct poorly spent resources in the health sector into wiser investments to address the health of the wider community?
  • What can physicians do to promote fair and transparent pricing in health care?
  • What necessary new conversations around stewardship of clinical care should physicians spark in the coming year?

Each fellow will be teamed up with a physician mentor and a local medical student who has been selected to participate in the
American Medical Student Association Advocacy Leadership Course
for collaborative learning throughout the year.

Fellows will receive:

• Communications, issue,  and advocacy training
• Ongoing connection with past and current NPA leaders and Copello Fellows
• Staff support from NPA for local organizing, advocacy efforts, and media outreach throughout the year

Fellows commit to local action throughout the year, with logistic support and guidance provided by NPA staff and project directors.  Examples of actions (three required) include: submission of op-eds, letters to editors, blog posts, or other public comment; meeting with elected officials; media interviews and/or editorial board visits; arranging grand-rounds presentations with invited policy-makers; drafting of testimony; networking meetings with leaders of local allied physician organizations; participation in community town hall discussions, and more.  Fellows are expected to attend the NPA 2014 national conference (Oct 24-25)–for which registration will be waived and a modest travel stipend provided–and to participate in regularly scheduled monthly conference calls throughout the year.  In addition, Fellows will work with AMSA partners to organize three local gatherings between October and February among colleagues and community members to carry forward discussion of the fellowship’s themes.  These meetings can take many forms (think brunch discussion or potluck) and are intended to help build local networks and community.

To apply, please email a brief statement of interest (250 word max)
and your CV to npa@npalliance.org by August 31.

For more information, contact Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management at becky.martin@npalliance.net

We encourage donations to support the Fellowship;
all contributions are fully tax deductible.

Generous support for the 2014 Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship
has been provided by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust.