During the two year program, Fellows will have access to academic, community health, and public policy leaders who will provide mentorship for project work as well as leadership development. Mentor relationships will be established based on the identified interests of the Fellow and the interests of faculty who have committed to mentorship roles.
Fellowship elements include:
- Enrollment in a graduate degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) or, if applicant already has an MPH degree, The Kraft Center for Community Health will construct an appropriate formal program of study, drawing on the offerings of Massachusetts graduate schools and programs. HSPH students will take courses that fulfill requirements for one of two areas of concentration: Health and Social Behavior or Health Care Management and Policy.
- Clinical practice: becoming part of a community health center team and practicing three sessions/week.
- Loan repayment: with a three year commitment to community health following the completion of the Fellowship program, Kraft Fellows are reimbursed up to $50,000 for loans incurred for undergraduate or graduate education.
- Completion of a scholarly project, developed with guidance from the Fellow’s community health center and a faculty mentor. Projects may include: participation in community-based participatory research, design and implementation of a quality improvement initiative, or policy and/or program development related to an identified community need.
- Participation in a bi-monthly fellowship seminar series that will include topics such as health policy and advocacy (local, state, and federal), public health (including population management and social determinants of health), organization and financing of community-based care providers, community based participatory research (CBPR), patient-centered medical homes, and leadership development.
- Engagement in informal learning experiences including: discussions with community health leaders in academic medicine, community-based settings, and public policy; visits to innovative community health programs; attendance at legislative hearings and policy forums Community Service: Kraft Fellows will contribute to the health of their community through participation in a community health-related activity.
In addition to specified program requirements, Fellows will have opportunities to participate in activities and conferences sponsored by organizations such as the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement, Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and public health agencies and organizations.