FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY WORK
WITH COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Deadline: February 2, 2007
A program of FamiliesUSA ( http://www.familiesusa.org/ ), the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in healthcare advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color. Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, particularly from the Black/African American, Latino, American Indian, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The goals of the Wellstone fellowship program are three-fold: to address disparities in access to health care; to inspire Wellstone Fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and to increase the number and racial and ethnic diversity of up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders. The Wellstone Fellow plays an integral role in the work of Families USA's Minority Health Initiatives Department. The fellow's primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of trainings for community leaders and journalists and drafting policy briefs, fact sheets, and other publications. During the year, the Wellstone Fellow will learn about important health policy issues and how these issues play a role in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and improving the health of communities of color. The fellowship will last one year, from August 2007 through July 2008, and fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual stipend of $35,000 and healthcare benefits. One fellow is selected each year.