Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

This is an opportunity for students or alumni interested in working toward social justice, especially in the realm of health care policy and advocacy. The Villers Fellow works in Families USA’s health policy department and supports the organization’s efforts to improve access to health coverage for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable constituencies.The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to health care justice work following their year as a fellow. Additionally, in order to further the development of future leaders, Villers fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person over the course of their careers.

The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the Fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues. The Fellow’s principal responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues and health reform topics—such as Medicaid, Medicare, the private insurance market, and health care delivery system reform—as well as writing and contributing to publications that are relevant to current health reform issues. Please explore our website at to see examples of reports, policy briefs, and press releases produced by our organization to gain a better sense of the type of work the Villers fellow might do.

The Villers Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, salaried ($38,000) position in Families USA’s office in Washington, DC. The position begins in August and runs through the end of July. Each year, one candidate will be selected for the fellowship.

The ideal candidate will exhibit a keen interest in and commitment to advocating for underprivileged groups through research and policy analysis related to expanding access to coverage. While we do not look for any particular coursework or experiences, your academic, volunteer, and professional background should reflect your dedication to health care justice work. Fellows should also have an interest in national level advocacy and developing an understanding of the complexities of the United States’ national health care system.

Applications are due by January 25, 2013. For application instructions, please go to or email to obtain a hard copy of the application brochure.

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.


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