Objectives
The CHEAR-LSI Child Health Policy Scholars fellowship program is designed to provide training and research experience in methods and applications of child health policy research for pre- and post-doctoral students/fellows who are currently enrolled in a biomedical sciences training program. The primary aim is to enhance the scholar's current training by providing both the new skills and the perspectives which are necessary for those who aim to lead research and policy in the dynamic U.S. health care environment.

As the health care environment continues to evolve, it becomes increasingly important for researchers to be able to conduct research that crosses the translational spectrum and to be able to understand the policy context for their research discoveries. The fellowship is designed to promote and support multidisciplinary collaborations across the fields of life sciences and health services/policy/economics, and to train a new cohort of investigators who are prepared to lead this crosscutting, collaborative research. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for candidates in the basic sciences to learn about health services research and policy methods, the policy-making process, and the structure of the U.S. health care system and health care reform with an emphasis on how methods, applications, and the policy process apply to child health. Fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects or to conduct independent research relating to child health policy as part of the fellowship.

Research Environment
The Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center is located within the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. The CHEAR Center is a multidisciplinary health services research center focused on research topics in child health and has an active program for post-doctoral research fellows. The University of Michigan has a vibrant health policy community and fellows are encouraged to take advantage of educational and research opportunities at the newly-formed Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the School of Public Health and other schools and centers at the University of Michigan. The CHEAR Center represents more than 15 years of child health and policy research. CHEAR faculty have longtime partnerships with both state and federal health agencies, providing an opportunity for the scholar to have direct experience with the policy process. Examples of innovative research under way at CHEAR include the application of design and emerging technologies to develop prototypes of patient-centered interactive data visualizations for individuals with type 1 diabetes, the use of simulation modeling in predicting long-term population-level outcomes for newborn screening programs, and the design, testing, and implementation of pediatric quality measures.

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a nucleus of basic and translational biomedical research at the University of Michigan. With an international faculty leading labs in a cutting-edge facility located between U-M’s central campus and medical campus, the LSI bridges a range of life science disciplines, connects units across the campus, and catalyzes innovation. The LSI embraces innovation, collaboration and creative science with tangible impact on human health, longevity and well-being. 

Together with the fellowship director, each Child Health Policy Scholar will develop a training plan that will include opportunities for didactic coursework, one-on-one mentoring, applied research opportunities and a set of overall objectives for the fellowship period. The Policy Scholar will have the opportunity to draw on all of the CHEAR Center’s resources, including experienced research staff to support research activities such as project management, survey administration, telephone-based data collection, medical record review, literature searching, data entry, data management, statistical analysis, and manuscript editing. CHEAR hosts a child health services research conference, a work-in-progress seminar, and several visiting professors each year. Building on CHEAR’s established connections across campus, the scholar would have the opportunity to build a unique multidisciplinary training plan to complement their training in the biomedical sciences with skills in health services and policy research.

This fellowship would provide an opportunity for a fellow from a lab in the LSI to engage in a 2-3 year training program learning methods and applications of child health policy with faculty at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center. The CHEAR Center’s resources and collaborative support are intended to enable the fellows to build their own individually tailored educational and research plans for the fellowship program. The length of the fellowship would be determined based on the percent effort dedicated to ongoing laboratory-based research and the health policy training program. For example, if the fellowship were allocated 50/50 across the two areas of research and training, this would be expected to result in a 3-year training plan, but a different allocation of effort could result in an accelerated program with a shorter timeline.

Eligibility
This fellowship is designed for applicants with pre- or post-doctoral-level training in the biomedical sciences with preference for a candidate working in a lab in the LSI. Fellows are selected on the basis of previous academic or professional achievements and demonstrated interest in child health policy. Stipend is competitive and commensurate with experience and education.

Application Information
A complete application consists of the following:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae – please define clearly your current status with respect to Ph.D.
  • A brief statement describing your interest in the fellowship (1,000 words or less), including a request for a 2-3 year fellowship period. We encourage interested applicants to contact the fellowship director to develop a few candidate ideas for research topics to pursue during the fellowship period.
  • One writing sample (e.g., report, unpublished manuscript, published paper, etc.). 
  • 2 letters of reference.

Application Deadline
There is a rolling deadline in anticipation of a July 1 (negotiable) start date. Please submit application materials or questions regarding the program to Lisa A. Prosser, Ph.D., Director, Child Health Evaluation and Research Center at lisapros[at]umich[dot]edu. Informal inquiries are encouraged.