The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) is soliciting applications for its annual health policy/advocacy fellowship. Two fellows will be selected for 2020.

The NAAOP Fellowship is a paid, 10-week summer program based in Washington DC. The 2020 term is June 1 through August 7, and the fellows will each receive a stipend of $500 per week. The fellows will shadow NAAOP’s General Counsel, Peter W. Thomas, who will assign and oversee their health policy and advocacy work.

The deadline to submit the application is January 31, 2020. The selection will be announced on March 4, 2020.

The fellows will learn about O&P policy, advocacy, and how NAAOP and other O&P organizations function on behalf of the O&P community and within the broader rehabilitation and disability policy and advocacy environment at the federal and state levels. The fellows will also be exposed to policy speakers, attendance at Congressional hearings, and participation in coalition and think tank meetings/presentations. The fellowship also includes exposure to O&P clinical practice and the business of O&P care.

Applicants must:

·        Personally use a custom-fabricated orthosis or prosthesis

·        Have an interest in public/health policy and advocacy

·        Demonstrate an interest in advancing O&P care

·        Have excellent writing, speaking, and analytical skills

To see Thomas’ webcast about the NAAOP fellowship and to download an application, visit NAAOP’s website.