Salk20Ever wonder why the issue that you are passionate about hasn’t grabbed the public’s attention or transformed health care? Do you want to learn how to construct a winning strategy to mobilize action and influence policy?

During the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and as our nation heads toward a critical election, the 2020 Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellowship will focus emerging health activists on critical reproductive health issues that impact the work of nurses and midwives. COVID-19 has disrupted essential women’s health services with changing policies and practices across the nation. Now is the opportunity to advocate for a renewed platform for women’s health and create lasting change.

During the 9-week program (10 sessions), Fellows will interact with some of the region’s foremost leaders in policy, advocacy, and women’s health to learn how to develop compelling platforms, build coalitions, and advocate with elected officials. Fellows will develop new skills around public policy and storytelling in order to develop appealing and effective reform and build public will. During the finale of the Fellowship, Fellows will get the chance to engage with legislators and advocate for a strategy for bills impacting nursing, midwifery, and women's reproductive issues.

Applicants should include a description of their interest in being politically active, building public interest and will, and learning how to create change. In lieu of a written personal statement, applicants are also welcome to submit a video personal statement. The fellowship will be all-virtual, and we will be limiting candidates to those in Pennsylvania.

Contact Steven Guo at for additional information.

Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM*

September: 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10, 17
Finale on Thursday, November 19 from 4-6pm

*Additional time outside of the formal sessions will be expected from fellows to complete coursework and final project.

Virtual sessions on Zoom

Creative graduate students and young professionals from diverse healthcare related disciplines who are interested in reproductive health, health activism, political action, and nursing and midwifery. Nurses and midwives are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information or to be added to the prospective fellows mailing list, please contact Steven Guo,