National Rural Health Association

NRHA's 2017 Rural Health Policy Institute

Rural Health Fellows Program Application

Become a Rural Health Fellow

The goal of the Fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in the National Rural Health Association, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. The Rural Health Fellows meet in person three times throughout the year to undergo intensive leadership and advocacy training.  In addition, Fellows take part in monthly conference calls to supplement their training, receive updates on legislative and regulatory concerns that impact rural health, and participate in a mentorship program with current members of NRHA's Board of Trustees. Fellows should be committed to advocating on behalf of rural health and should be dedicated to NRHA's mission.



  • Applicants to the Rural Health Fellows Program must be NRHA members and their state rural health association or be willing to join before the start of the program.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of all people residing in rural America through the provision of equitable health care services. This commitment must be demonstrated in the personal statement, as well as the curriculum vitae/resume of the applicant.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to commit to monthly conference calls as part of the program and complete a project as a member of an Action Project Team.
  • Applicants must commit to attend all Rural Health Fellows training sessions.


Rural Health Fellows 2017 training sessions:

  1. February 6-9, 2017 - Washington, D.C., Rural Health Policy Institute 
  2. May 9-12, 2017 - San Diego, CA., NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference
  3. February 5-8, 2018 - Washington, D.C., Rural Health Policy Institute


Rural Health Fellows program costs:

  • There is no program fee for participation in the the Rural Health Fellows program.
  • Applicants must have a sponsor (employer, corporate, or self) responsible for all travel and lodging costs to attend the three training sessions. 


Submit your application online by Sept. 1. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. For more information, contact Gaby Boscan, Director, Program Services, at 202-639-0550.

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