Vot-ER Civic Health Fellowship 2021


The Vot-ER Civic Health Fellowship is a 10-month leadership development program that aims to support, teach, and train a learning community of Vot-ER users across the country. Through a variety of learning settings, including lectures, small-group sessions, and more, fellows will leave the Vot-ER Civic Health Fellowship with a nuanced understanding of civic engagement, related health equity issues, and community organizing and activation practices. Throughout the program, teams of fellows will also build Civic Health Action Projects to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to a problem in their local community. We are reviewing applications and accepting applicants on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Friday March 26th but we encourage you to apply as early as possible.


Questions may be emailed to fellowship director, Miho Hirozawa Carey at Miho@Vot-ER.org

  • Get trained in organizing skills by leading experts in the field.
  • Learn from health equity, civic engagement, and American democracy experts and leaders.
  • Work 1:1 with experienced organizing coaches.
  • Build community and connect with a diverse, small provider team.
  • Make an impact in your local community through building your Civic Health Action Project.
  • Engage with like-minded providers to generate and exchange solutions towards more equitable and healthier communities.
  • Be a part of a large network of Vot-ER providers, spanning occupations, locations, and more.
  • We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about voter registration, desire to build their organizing skills, and are committed to working on projects in their local community. 
  • All kinds of health workers (doctors, PAs, nurses, medical students, social workers, etc.) are encouraged to apply. 
  • No previous political, organizing, or civic engagement experience required; we just ask that you are eager and ready to learn!
  • Fellows must work/study at the same institution from May 2021 through November 2022. (with an exception for residency programs that start in June of 2021 and run through November 2022).
  • The fellowship program occurs from May 2021 through February 2022. We will take a month-long break during August. We plan to meet 3 times a month for 120, 60, and then 90 minutes.
  • Vot-ER fellows are asked to participate in the full 10-month fellowship program. Fellows are asked to commit an average of 10 hours a month to the program, including lectures, small group coaching sessions, and homework assignments. Exceptions may be made for medical students, residents, and those with little control over their schedule.
  • Part of the Vot-ER Civic Health Fellowship involves developing a Civic Health Action Project. Fellows in similar contexts will work as a team to develop these projects. In addition to taking individual initiative, be prepared to listen, give feedback, and act as a team player. Some potential projects include—but are not limited to—institutionalizing Vot-ER in a residency program’s orientation, addressing institutional opposition to Vot-ER, or leading a local Healthy Democracy Campaign for an upcoming election.
  • Standing cost of $1000 for non-Vot-ER users.
  • Sliding scale contribution of $50 – $250 for 2020 Vot-ER users, depending on: the applicant’s status in training (student, resident, fellow), allied health role (social worker, nurse, physician, other), and ability to pay. Vot-ER users include those on our official mailing list as of January 1, 2021.
  • We encourage those who work at academic or large institutions with research funds or CME to ask your department or employer to cover the full cost of this training. If there’s anything that would help you make the request, please let us know.
  • The Vot-ER team is committed to assembling a group of exceptional Civic Health Fellows and making the program equitable for them. We are exploring financial assistance options for individuals who request it, and will be as transparent as possible. Please reach out to Miho@Vot-ER.org with any questions.
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At Vot-ER, we envision healthy communities powered by an inclusive democracy. We are working to exponentially scale voter access within America’s healthcare system. We provide the tools, training, and community to support a growing movement that amplifies the voices of patients, families, & healthcare professionals in America’s democracy. As an organization with a vision focused on an inclusive American democracy, we aim to reflect that standard in our own organization as well. Vot-ER has a strong commitment to diversity and especially encourages people who are historically underrepresented in healthcare and civic engagement to apply.