The Ecology Center Launches Second Year of Health Leaders Fellowship after Successful Pilot Year
Applications for the Ecology Center’s Health Leaders Fellowship open today, marking the second year of the this innovative program. The Health Leaders Fellowship is a unique leadership development opportunity for health professionals of all types, at any stage in their career, who have a dedicated interest in preventing disease and improving health in their communities. The program will continue to cultivate a network of environmental health advocates who will be leaders within their institutions, associations, communities and the public policy arena.
This fellowship program aims to develop and inspire local health professionals through a series of issue and civic engagement trainings and field experiences. Selected fellows will work with Ecology Center staff and environmental health experts for nine months to learn more about the connections between environmental health and human health, develop the skills to advocate for change in institutional and public policy arenas, and complete a unique guided practicum to gain hands-on experience.
“As a health professional, I know I’m in a unique position to address how human health is impacted by the environment,” says Peggy Coyle, RN, MES, 2014 Health Leaders Fellow. “This program has given me a deeper knowledge base and better tool set to influence environmental policies and improve people’s health. Fellows like me are working to protect our patients’ health by improving the environmental practices in the institutions we work for and in the communities where we live.”
Nineteen fellows are currently enrolled in the 2014 Health Leaders Fellowship cohort. The 2015 cohort of fellows will learn how common health conditions and chronic diseases are linked to an unsustainable food system, dirty energy generation, and toxic chemicals in many of the products we use everyday. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2014. Applications available at www.ecocenter.org/health-leaders
Published on November 3, 2014