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Civic Health Fellowship

The Vot-ER Civic Health Fellowship is designed for nurses, physicians, medical students, social workers, and other health professionals who want to make a bigger impact in their communities. If you've always wanted to knock down the walls between healthcare and civic engagement, this is the program for you!

Learn how to integrate voter access into your healthcare institution and leverage community organizing as a tool to address the political determinants of health.
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 Fellowship Highlights

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Organizing 101
Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Srdja Popovic and health organizing leader Pedja Stojicic teach tried-and-true organizing tactics that can be used inside and outside of the healthcare system.

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All-star guest lecturers
Hear from some of the brightest minds in health equity, behavioral science, and media.

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Civic engagement project
Collaborate with healthcare peers to launch a local civic access project at your health institution or school. Past participants have used this space to workshop pitches to hospital leadership, partner with faculty to integrate voter access into the medical school curricula, and more.

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Narrative-building workshops
Your story is an incredibly powerful mobilizing tool. Learn how to craft your "public narrative"—what makes you who you are and why you do this work—and how to share it with colleagues, organizational leadership, and the media.

Course Details

Schedule

Classes meet online twice a month on Wednesdays at 6pm ET from April to October 2023.

The total time commitment is 5-10 hours per month, including attending lectures, small group work, and collaborating on team projects.

Cost

Course fees are based on a sliding scale. The discounted rate for healthcare professionals who’ve used Vot-ER tools or attended our programs is noted in parentheses.

Community health workers: $10 ($5)
Medical, nursing, or social work student: $100 ($50)
Social workers nurses, residents, and interns: $200 ($100)
Physician assistants: $500 ($250)
Attending physicians: $1000 ($500)

Financial Aid: Most of the program costs are covered by our generous sponsors - the course fees listed above cover the remaining portion. Last year we didn't turn anyone away because of the cost, and we expect that everyone who needs help will receive an appropriate discount. If you need financial assistance, please apply and select the "Financial Assistance" option on the application.

 

Faculty

Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Srdja Popovic and health organizing leader Pedja Stojicic teach the course, along with a group of all-star guest speakers.

2023 Civic Health Fellowship

Application

Fill out the form below to access the application and receive e-mail updates about the fellowship.

FAQs

Why should I take this course?

We've heard from past fellows that this program has connected them to the community of like-minded healthcare professionals that they've long sought.

Plus, you'll leave the course with:

  • Deeper knowledge of health disparities and medical racism—and how we can fight against it in our daily work
  • Insights into what obstacles affect voter engagement and how to address them
  • Practical community organizing skills to mobilize colleagues and leaders at your institution or school
  • Lots of laughs, inside jokes, and most importantly: a network of passionate, like-minded healthcare professionals who, like you, are committed to making a bigger impact in their community.

Who teaches this course?

Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Srdja Popovic and health organizing leader Pedja Stojicic teach the course, along with a group of all-star guest speakers.

I have another question that isn't answered here.

E-mail Leah Ford at leah@vot-er.org or message us on Twitter and we'll get back to you right away!

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can indicate on your application that you need financial assistance. If you have additional questions about financial assistance, please email Leah Ford, Vot-ER Organizing Director, at leah@vot-er.org

Do I need to have organizing experience?

Nope! Just come ready to learn and collaborate.

Am I eligible for this course?

All healthcare professionals are eligible for the Civic Health Fellowship, including:

  • Medical, nursing, or social work students
  • Interns and residents
  • Fellows
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Public health or community health workers

2022 Fellows

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Etta Conteh
Medical student
University of Central Florida
Kylar Wiltz
Kylar Wiltz
Medical student
Howard University
Stefan Kovac
Stefan Kovac
Medical student
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Elizabeth Crenshaw
Community Health Worker Training Specialist
Wayne State University
Sarah Newman
Sarah Newman
Nursing Teacher
Orange Technical College
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Nicole Biddinger
Physician Assistant
Community Health Connection, Inc
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Daniel Orlan
Medical student
Florida International University
Justice Spriggs
Justice Spriggs
Medical student
University of Minnesota
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Vineet Raman
Medical student
University of Minnesota
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Christopher Davis
Physician
Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert
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Jazmine Noles
D.O Student
Michigan state University
Kreager Taber
Kreager Taber
Medical Student
Duke University
Supriya Reddy
Supriya Reddy
Medical Student
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Allysha Bryant
Allysha Bryant
Social Work Intern
Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Laura Grogan
Laura B Grogan
Medical Student
Medical College of Wisconsin
Ariana Johnson
Ariana Charnisha Johnson
Alcohol Recovery Mental Health Outreach Coordinator
Northern Ohio Recovery Association
Desiree Edmondson
Desiree Edmondson
Medical Student
St. George's University
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Diana Tran
PGY2 Family Medicine
Loyola MacNeal Hospital
Carolina Brea
Carolina Brea
Resident EM
Ohio State University
Breeanna Lorenzen
Breeanna Lorenzen
Intern/Resident
Carolinas Medical Center (Atrium Health)
Neal Sinha
Neal Sinha
Social Worker
The Pride Center, RECO Intensive, Active Community Health Center
Elizabeth Lendrum
Liz Lendrum
Resident
Cincinnati Children's Medical Center
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Hadley Walsh
Medical Student
Wake Forest School of Medicine (Atrium Health)
Immy Clover Brown
Imogen Clover-Brown
Resident Physician - PGY1
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Shannon Cunningham
Shannon Cunningham
Osteopathic Medical Student
A.T. Still University
Ashish Bibireddy
Ashish Bibireddy
Medical Student
University of Central Florida
Dorothy Tang
Dorothy Tang
Osteopathic Medical student
A.T. Still University School
Arathi Ponugoti
Arathi Ponugoti
Medical Student
Duke University
Tyler George
Tyler George
Medical Student
Wake Forest School of Medicine (Atrium Health)
Mara Havard
Mara Havard
Medical Student
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Margaret Carney
Resident
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Kayla Blanchard
Kayla Blanchard
Community Health Worker
Otero County Community Health Council
Carli Zegers
Carli Zegers
Assistant Professor, School Of Nursing
University of Kansas
Irene Mynatt
Irene Mynatt
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
The Ohio State University
Kendra Mariah
Kendra Gantt
Social Worker
Jourdon Robinson
Jourdon Robinson
Medical Student
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Kristen Humphrey
Resident
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Holly Holly Mata
Holly Mata
Board Member
New Mexico Public Health Association
Stacey Bevan
Stacey Bevan
Doctoral student; public health nurse
University of Pennsylvania
Jason-Zibart
Jason H Zibart
Community Connected Health Manager
Benson Hospital
Isaiah Cochran
Isaiah A Cochran
FM Resident
Halifax Health FMRP
Jon Kusner
Jon Kusner
Resident
Duke University
Danielle Casher
Danielle Casher
Emergency Department Pediatrician
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham
Medical Student
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Carolyn Dixon
Carolyn Dixon
Social Worker, Emergency Department
OSU Hospitals Wexner Medical Center
Carlos Rubiano
Carlos Rubiano
Physician
Mercy Health
Miguel Blancarte Jr.
Miguel Angel Blancarte, Jr.
COVID-19, Pandemic Response
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Annet Miranda
Associate Director of Community Engagement
Erie Family Health Centers
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Anna Jurlina
Medical Student
University of Central Florida
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Anna Sicilia
Medical Student
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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J. Aaron Allgood
Chair of Clinical Science Education in IM
A.T. Still University
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Claire Abramoff
EM Physician
Einstein Healthcare Network
Libby Ireson
Libby Ireson
Resident
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Jacquie Dash
Jacqueline Dash
Physician
Einstein Medical Center
Sarah Wright
Sarah Wright
Social Worker/Emergency Department Behavorial Health
Baystate Medical Center
Monica Patten
Monica Patten
Medical Student
University of Colorado School of Medicine
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