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THE EXPERIENCE

HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH SCHOLARS

Over the course of the program, scholars will:
  • Participate in policy and leadership development trainings and coursework via online seminars and courses.
  • Receive an annual award of up to $30,000 for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner).
  • Receive training in health equity, the policy process, leadership, communication, implementation, and dissemination.
  • Continue learning and working from their home institutions.
  • Establish and strengthen professional ties to public health and policy leaders.
  • Be eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

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LEADERS EQUIPPED TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH IN AMERICA

Upon completion, scholars should have the tools to:
  • Exercise individual and collective leadership.
  • Apply research and interdisciplinary collaboration skills to engage multiple sectors (e.g., policy, education, business, communities, institutions, and agencies) to effectively translate research findings that will inform and influence policy to advance a Culture of Health.
  • Use strategies to leverage diverse interdisciplinary networks of researchers.
  • Contribute to research and a national dialogue on the policy changes necessary for a Culture of Health.

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Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership program for doctoral students in any academic discipline who are starting their second year of study and want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.

But don’t get hung up on our name, because we’re not just looking for students who do health policy research. We’re looking for doctoral students whose research has the potential to impact health and well-being: The economics student examining how the marketplace drives decisions that create barriers to good health. The engineering student studying systems that better support wellness. The agriculture student who pursues research while keeping an eye on how it impacts long-term health. The goal of the program is to train doctoral students to use their discipline-based research training to advance health equity to build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone to live longer, healthier lives.

We need far greater diversity in future generations of researchers and policymakers. With more voices in the conversation, policies and solutions can be more inclusive and relevant to a broader range of communities.

That’s why we intentionally designed Health Policy Research Scholars for students from underrepresented populations and/or historically marginalized backgrounds—students whose race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, or other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research.

HPRS scholars gain access to the tools, insights, and diversity of mentors needed to accelerate and distinguish their research. And because we know that pursuing a graduate degree is intense and time-consuming in and of itself, we provide annual award funding to give the scholar added research funds, or simply greater financial stability.

Alumni from this program carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become a part of a tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.

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Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be:
  • Full-time doctoral students, entering their second year of studies in fall 2022, who will have at least three years of doctoral study remaining as of September 2022.
  • From historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to: first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities.
  • Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health. Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.
The best way to see who this program is for is to meet the current scholars. But keep in mind that this is just the start – the experience will only grow stronger as new scholars from many other backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives round out this growing community. Imagine yourself as part of the community!

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CULTURE OF HEALTH LEADERS
Collaborate. Innovate. Transform Communities.
Individuals working in every field and profession receive $20,000 per year to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH LEADERS
Collaborating to Advance Community Change.
Teams of three—two researchers and one community partner—come together to use the power of applied research to strengthen communities, with annual support of $25,000 per person and a one-time research project grant of up to $125,000 for the team.

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Who is Health Policy Research Scholars for?

Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines—such as urban planning, political science, economics, anthropology, education, social work, geography, and sociology—who are committed to using policy change to advance population health and health equity.

Applicants must be:

  • Full-time doctoral students who are entering the second year of their programs in fall 2022 and do not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2025.
  • From historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines.
  • Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.
  • Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.

What do scholars receive?

  • Annual award funding of up to $30,000 for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner).
  • Mentoring and training in health policy and leadership.
  • Professional ties to public health and policy leaders and innovators from diverse fields.
  • Opportunity to compete for an additional dissertationgrant of up to $10,000.
  • Membership in a network of scholars and alumni for research and advocacy collaborations.

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  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar
  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar
  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar

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John J. Chin’s research focuses on the role of community institutions in delivering social and health services to under-served communities, including immigrant communities and communities of color. His NIH-funded research has examined the role of immigrant-led community institutions in delivering HIV prevention and stigma-reduction messages. He recently completed an NIH-funded study of health risks for Asian immigrant women working in sexually oriented massage parlors. Prior to his academic career, Chin helped to found the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (now a federally qualified health center known as APICHA Community Health Center), where he served as deputy executive director.

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about health policy research scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development program for full-time doctoral students who are entering their second year of study and are from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or historically marginalized backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from communities of color, and individuals with disabilities. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. HPRS includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as economics, political science, psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, and environmental health. We’re always looking for students from any research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.

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All scholars in Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) are eligible to apply for the HPRS Dissertation Grant, a competitive award of up to $10,000 dollars. The one-time grant supports scholar dissertation research activities for projects that have specific health policy implications and advance a Culture of Health. Applications are reviewed and awarded quarterly.

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“My experience in the HPRS program has significantly enriched my doctoral studies. The programming has given me skills that have helped further my goals of impacting policy change through research, equipped me with the tools I need to connect with different audiences through various mediums, and has connected me to brilliant scholars who I continue to learn from daily.”

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Health Policy Research Scholars

Meet our current scholars who are collaborating to advance a Culture of Health. These scholars are leading innovative, discipline-spanning work across the countryand taking bold steps to change the status quo and achieve greater equity in their home communities.

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Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH is, in addition to directing the Health Policy Research Scholars program, is the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and a Bloomberg Centennial Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Pollack Porter’s research advances policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel. She is an injury epidemiologist and policy researcher studying active play, sports injury prevention, active transportation, and the nexus of transportation and health. She is also an expert in advancing health equity and policy change using tools such as health impact assessment and strategies that promote health in all policies.

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Our scholars are working to improve the health and equity of communities large and small across the u.s. and its territories

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the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

These programs continue the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders. Initially focused on health and healthcare, the programs have been expanded, because we know that building a Culture of Health requires all of us in every sector, profession, and discipline working together.
For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. It is working with others to build a national Culture of Health, enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
For more information, visit WWW.RWJF.ORG.

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Health Policy Research Scholars is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Our partners are instrumental in developing and delivering curriculum, providing mentorship and coaching, and extending the network of scholars.

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Photo caption: Scholars presented their anti-racism and COVID-19 research projects at an HPRS poster session.

“This community—my community—continues to inspire and challenge cynical notions of what’s possible for the world and myself.” The words of 2020 scholar Hayden Dawes sum up the lasting impact of this year’s HPRS Summer Institute, held last month in Baltimore. “HPRS has been a game changer in my PhD journey and probably my life,” said Dawes. And he’s not alone.

The 2022 Summer Institute theme, “Building a Culture of Health Together: From Vision to a New Reality,” recognized the essential role of working collectively to achieve a society where every single person has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Programs throughout the three days covered topics such as building community and policy in action, and also included leadership workshops and poster sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about centering health equity in research and communicating research to policymakers, including visits with policymakers on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

While there was much group engagement and opportunity to share research projects with one another, attendees also gave back to the community. Cohort 5 put together more than 100 street survival kits for Health Care for the Homeless, a Baltimore organization that provides comprehensive healthcare and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness.

 

On the last day of Summer Institute, after the final programming, scholars celebrated Cohort 3 and their graduation from HPRS in person at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore and online. It was an evening of cheer, gratitude, and excitement for what’s next.

Congratulations to:

Alberto Cifuentes, Andre Arriaga, Angela Adler, Ans Irfan, Anton Avanceña, Ashley Gripper, Asia Ivet, Benjamin Carter, Brigette Davis, Brie McLemore, Chioma Woko, Cristina Gomez-Vidal, Cynthia Golembeski, Denmar Lewis, Denise St. Jean, Deniss Martinez, Destiny Printz, Ezinne Nwankwo, Gabriella Alvarez, Hawi Teizazu, Jason Ashe, Jennifer Whittaker, Jocelyn Poe, Kadeem Noray, Kathleen McCarty, Kevin Wiley, Kristi Roybal, Laura Galvez, Marcela Kunkel, Matthew Bakko, Michael Rosario, Mónica Gutiérrez, Shanaé Burch, Sheridan Fuller, Sireen Irsheid, Stephanie Keeney Parks and Tiana Moore.

 

 

HPRS Summer Institute was a rewarding time to share the hard work that the scholars have been doing, have meaningful and inspiring conversations with one another and other experts, and celebrate the graduation of those moving on in their careers and fields. To be able to come together, safely and in person, meant so much to so many. We are already excited for next summer!

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Who is Health Policy Research Scholars for?

Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines—such as urban planning, political science, economics, anthropology, education, social work, geography, and sociology—who are committed to using policy change to advance population health and health equity.

Applicants must be:

  • Full-time doctoral students who are starting the second year of their programs in fall 2023 and do not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2026.
  • From historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines.
  • Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.
  • Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.

What do scholars receive?

  • Annual award funding of up to $30,000 for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner).
  • Mentoring and training in health policy and leadership.
  • Professional ties to public health and policy leaders and innovators from diverse fields.
  • Opportunity to compete for an additional dissertationgrant of up to $10,000.
  • Membership in a network of scholars and alumni for research and advocacy collaborations.

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Here is a quick guide to help you prepare a successful application
  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar
  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar
  • Visit the About the Program page to learn more about the Health Policy Research Scholars experience.
  • Review Applicant Requirements above.
  • Before you begin your application, you can preview a blank application to understand the kind of information and level of detail required.
  • View current Health Policy Research Scholars profiles.
  • Watch the 2022 applicant webinar

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