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Call for Applications for the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy

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The Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School seek applicants for the 2014-15 Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is a one-year or two-year academic degree-granting program, designed to create oral health leaders, particularly minority oral health leaders, who will pursue careers in health policy, public health practice and academia. The program is intended to incorporate the critical skills taught in schools of public health, government, business, and dental medicine with supervised practicum, leadership forums and seminar series conducted by leading scholars and nationally recognized leaders in minority health and public policy.  The Oral Health Program is supported by the Dental Service of Massachusetts/Delta Dental Plan and previously the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a cooperative agreement between the Office of Minority Health and Minority Faculty Development Program at Harvard Medical School.  The program has also been supported by the ADEAGies Foundation.

The program is designed to prepare oral health leaders who will, over time, improve the capacity of the health care system to address the health needs of minority and disadvantaged populations.  To accomplish this, the program will:

  • Provide strong academic training, including a graduate degree, for highly qualified dentists.
  • Enhance the leadership ability of dentists, offering them substantive knowledge in health policy and management, while creating a network of oral health leaders capable of advancing successfully among the public, non-profit, and academic sectors.
  • Provide each fellow with mentoring by Harvard senior faculty and administrators and access to national leaders in oral health, health policy and public health practice. 
  • Provide firsthand experience in private and public sectors, allowing the fellows to integrate academic leadership training with its practical application in a real world setting.
  • Bring together the faculty and resources of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government to provide an enhanced curriculum that addresses issues of public health, oral health, health policy, and practice ― particularly as they relate to minority health issues.
  • Utilize resources at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, including the offices of Minority Faculty Development Program, to enhance the networking, career development, and career advancement of participating fellows.

For more information, please visit the website. The deadline for applications for the program starting in July 2014 is December 26, 2013.

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