The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the poll of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups, including the American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities. The goals of the Wellstone Fellowship program include addressing the broad disparities in access to health care; inspiring Wellstone Fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and increasing the number of racial and ethnically diversity up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders. Families USA will select one talented and motivated candidate to fill this 12-month fellowship.
The Wellstone Fellow's primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of conferences and trainings for advocates and community leaders; drafting talking points, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications; and developing content for the Families USA website and email lists. The fellow will learn about health reform implementation, Medicaid, Medicare, health equity, and other imporant health policy issues. The Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations and will work directly with our network of state consumer health advocates and organizations.