We are excited to announce that AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino has been selected for a yearlong fellowship program with George Washington University. The Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program at GWU is designed to meet the professional needs of staff in community health centers and state and regional primary care associations. Sciortino will attend this as a distance-learning program while remaining in his position at AAC.
In this Fellowship Program, health center and patient care assistant (PCA) staff will develop a deeper understanding of health policy and acquire health policy analysis competencies of value to their organizations’ policy and advocacy work.
The goals of the Fellowship Program are threefold:
- To provide rising health center/PCA leaders an immersive experience in federal health policy and health policymaking;
- To learn how to engage in translational and transformational thinking regarding how policy affects the real world of health centers and patients; and
- To teach these principles using real-world cases of high relevance to health centers that will help Fellows develop basic health policy analysis competencies that enable them to use information to develop positions and engage in advocacy.
“In the current political landscape there is an important need to redouble our advocacy efforts,” said Sciortino. “As an organization, AIDS Action and Fenway are well positioned to share our expertise with policymakers and affect real change. With my background as a former State Rep I know my way around the State House, but I’m excited to participate in this fellowship which will give me the opportunity to learn more about the federal landscape, particularly as it relates to issues affecting community health centers.”
Please join us in congratulating Carl on this important selection!
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