The Post – Doctoral Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program provides postdoctoral health professionals with the specific skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to prepare them for leadership roles in promoting and implementing policies that improve access to quality health care and eliminate disparities in health. The Fellowship program focusing on eliminating disparity, particularly in mental health, is a component of the SHLI Policy Fellowship program. This component emphasizes the use of a “Three Dimensional [3-D] approach for:

  • Educating community about mental health, thereby changing their attitudes and behaviors in order to reduce mental illness stigma.
  • Promoting awareness of mental health among children by addressing both the social and environmental determinants in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparity.
  • Improving access to quality mental health care through integration of mental health into primary care setting to advance equity through replication of evidence based practice.

Fellows participating in this concentration area will have the unique opportunities to gain comprehensive learning and leadership experience in all aspects of policy impacts and integration of mental health into primary care within a premier health leadership institute and academic medical school that is focused on eliminating health disparities. They will be prepared to shape the solutions to reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparity in mental health.

 Fellows participating in this concentration area will have the unique opportunities to gain comprehensive learning and leadership experience in all aspects of policy impacts and integration of mental health into primary care within a premier health leadership institute and academic medical school that is focused on eliminating health disparities. They will be prepared to shape the solutions to reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparity in mental health.

Program Structure

Within a five day work week, learning activities are structured in policy, leadership and individual research and professional development.

Fellows will have two practicum experiences with the leading practitioners involved in integrating mental health into primary care for children and adults population.

Fellows will have Preceptors and/or Advisors to on-board them in the program and system. This will enable them to function at optimal levels and emerge as leaders who care enough, know enough, will do enough, and are persistent enough to eliminate disparities in mental health.

Fellows will have work projects focusing on the Three-Dimensional approach and their policy implications.