Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico (UNM) offers a variety of fellowships to qualified social science scholars interested in pursuing careers in health policy. The Center is the only institution dedicated to increasing the number of leaders from Latino and American Indian communities who will help shape the future of our nation’s health and health care. It is also home to leading experts on health policy, nursing, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science and journalism.
The program offers doctoral fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and the RWJF PhD in Nursing With a Concentration in Health Policy program to enrolled UNM students. In addition, the program offers visiting scholar research fellowships and postdoctoral fellowships to non-UNM students. Fellows receive financial, academic and networking support. The Center serves as a university-wide, organized research center that assists all the faculties of the university in their pursuit of knowledge and its applications to health policy.
The Center accepts proposals annually for seed grant funding to UNM faculty who promote research on a wide range of issues, emphasizing U.S. health and health care issues, especially those affecting Latino and American Indian communities. The objective of these grants is to stimulate research and encourage faculty across UNM departments who have an interest in these areas, to collect pilot data that will result in applications for extramural funding. These research projects will serve as the on-the-job training ground for the transdisciplinary work experienced by the Center’s fellows.
Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders we support annually. As part of this transition, we will wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs, including the Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.
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The RWJF Center for Health Policy has given me the tools to participate in health policy discussions across the disciplines. I have been able to explore the contributions of qualitative anthropological approaches to health policy. I could not have pursued this kind of research without the support of the Center.