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The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) health policy fellows are a diverse group of talented Native young adults who work alongside tribal leaders, policy specialists and public health experts to develop feasible Indian health policy solutions. During their year-long tenure, fellows are provided with the tools, resources, and mentorship to become effective Indian health policy advocates.

Here are advantages of NIHB gained by health policy fellows:
• Learn about Indian health policy and the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal governments and the federal government.
• Gain strong policy analysis skills.
• Develop policy papers with recommendations for change.
• Educate congressional and tribal leaders on important health policy issues.
• Network with tribal, congressional and federal agency leaders.
• Grow team-building, indigenous leadership and consensus-building skills.
• Impact the development of NIHB’s evidence-driven health programs and policies.

Eligibility requirements:
Applicants must be enrolled in a federally recognized Indian tribe and be between the ages of 18 to 24. Must have an interest in Indian health policy or healthcare and be able and willing to participate in fellowship trainings, activities and projects. Must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and able to actively engage with their tribal community leaders.

Questions about the NIHB Health Policy Fellowship and applications to join next year’s cohort should be directed to the NIHB’s Native youth engagement manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202‑548‑7297.

The NIHB Health Policy Fellowship is made possible by a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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