Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program

Welcome to the Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program home page where applicants can access important program information, review materials from past sessions and apply for the next program.

Nominees can apply for the April 2019 or October 2019 cohorts here:


Past Session Flyer & Schedule

Please download our past program flyer to learn more about the Geiger Gibson Capstone session being offered soon.

Past Program Flyer


Apply for the Health Policy Fellows Program

Thank you for your interest in the Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program.

Applicants may apply here for the April 2019 or October 2019 cohorts here:


Participant Materials

Health Policy Fellows Program participants prepare for the 3-day residential session in Washington DC in November by participating in a series of webinars from April through September before they arrive.

Below are materials from past capstone webinars.


Archive of Previous Capstone Materials

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Spring 2012


“This Health Policy Fellows program was informative and valuable from start to finish.  The group webinars and suggested readings laid the perfect foundation for the face-to-face meeting and project work.  Such a great opportunity to learn more about health policy and approaches to effectively communicating your message.  There are one or two other staff at my PCA who I think would greatly benefit from the program, and I’ve recommended to my CEO that they apply for the next cohort!”

--Mary Evans, COO, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Providence, RI


“Very rarely in my professional life has a learning experience met my very high level of expectations. I learned, develop friendships, challenged and was challenged, laughed and above all left feeling I took with me additional wisdom to use in make a real difference in the community and industry I serve.  All my thanks to the staff for developing a fantastic program!”

--Dale Johnson, CFO, North Central Medical Center, Rock Hill, SC


“This was an amazing experience! It was an opportunity to work with peers interested in advocacy work from across the country and discuss advocacy strategy with advocacy gurus.  I learned a lot and was inspired to go back and work on our advocacy program back home.  What a well spent three days!”

--Dr. Kemi Alli, CEO, Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton, NJ


“The Geiger Gibson Fellows program exceeded my expectations in a lot of different ways. The amazing faculty, guest presenters, group project exercise, and participation among the fellows made the program an extremely valuable learning experience and a good challenge during the classroom sessions. I was amazed by how much I learned in a single program.”

--Scott Halterman, Assistant Director, CommonWealth Purchasing Group LLC, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Boston, MA

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The Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program (previously the Geiger Gibson Capstone) is designed to meet the professional needs of mid-level and senior staff pursuing leadership careers in community health centers and state and regional primary care associations. 

In this Fellowship Program, health center and PCA staff will develop a deeper understanding of health policy and acquire health policy analysis competencies of value to their organizations’ policy and advocacy work.


The Fellows Program is designed for motivated mid-level and senior level staff pursuing management and leadership careers in health centers, PCAs, and HCCNs. Each Fellows class is limited to 25 participants to keep the program intimate.


  • April - September 2018: instruction taught via online sessions covering the health policymaking process and tools of health policy analysis and advocacy, with preparation for a health policy advocacy exercise
  • Fall 2018: 3-day culminating residential session in Washington, DC

Program Aims

  • To provide rising health center/PCA leaders an immersive experience in federal health policy and health policymaking;
  • To learn how to engage in translational and transformational thinking regarding how policy affects the real world of health centers and patients; and
  • To teach these principles using real-world cases of high relevance to health centers that will help Fellows develop basic health policy analysis competencies that enable them to use information to develop positions and engage in advocacy.

Program Instruction

Faculty at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, senior NACHC staff, Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitors, Washington D.C. health policy experts, and congressional and agency staff will provide instruction.


The Program tuition is $1,500 per fellow, not including travel, lodging and meal expenses.

To Apply

Click on the "Apply for the Health Policy Fellows Program" link on the left hand side of the website. 

Accepting applications for the 2019 Class in fall of 2018. 



Geiger Gibson Program Assistant Director

Rachel Gunsalus