Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program

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

This Fellowship Program is designed to enable health center, PCA, and HCCN staff to develop a deeper understanding of health policy and acquire key health policy analysis skills of value to their own organization’s policy advocacy efforts.

We will be accepting applications for the 2020 spring and fall cohorts in late 2019. 

Health Policy Fellows Poster 2019


Sample Fellowship Schedule

Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program

Sample Schedule:
Monday (Day 1)
8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome, introductions, overview
10:15 am - 11:10 am Developing Effective Advocacy Materials 
11:10 am - 12:00 pm How to Use Data for Advocacy 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Working Lunch: The Political Landscape (with invited speaker)
1:20 pm - 1:50 pm Guest Speaker
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Data Sources for Advocacy Work
2:30 - 4:00 pm Case Study Group Work
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Time on your own until group dinner
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Group Dinner 
Tuesday (Day 2)
8:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast & Capitol Hill Panel 
9:45 am - 11:30 am Case Study Group Work
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch on your own
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Travel as a group to HRSA for meeting 
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Travel and Meeting with Health Resources and Services Administration Leadership
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Informal networking in DC
Wednesday (Day 3)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am - 11:30 am Finish Case Study Group Work  
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Working Lunch: Tales from the Advocacy Front Lines
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Groups Present Case Study Work and Receive Feedback
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Evaluations and Closeout of Program 

Apply for the Health Policy Fellows Program

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

We are not accepting new applications at this time. Please check this website in fall 2019 to apply for the 2020 cohorts. 


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 Health Policy 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 20 participants to facilitate active learning.


  • In the months leading up to the in-residence session, instruction will be taught in online webinar sessions covering the health policymaking process and tools of health policy analysis and advocacy, in order to prepare for the in-residence health policy advocacy case study exercise. Participants will attend the 3-day culminating residential session in either the spring (April 15-17th, 2019) or fall (October 21-23, 2019) in Washington, DC.

Program Aims

  • To gain a knowledge foundation in health policy and advocacy, geared to health centers and the communities they serve;
  • To acquire and use skills related to developing and presenting policy advocacy positions; and
  • To interact with policy experts and leaders in health policy and politics

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. 

We are not accepting new applications at this time. In fall 2019, we will be accepting applications for the 2020 cohorts. 



Geiger Gibson Program Assistant Director

Rachel Gunsalus, MPH