Foundation Committed to Serving the Public with more Osteopathic Health Policy Fellows from the Northwest

As a public charity, the Foundation sees a great benefit to the people of the Northwest by having more Health Policy Fellows that understand our unique challenges with healthcare. This program requires a substantial commitment of both time and finances. We hope our $10,000 reimbursement scholarship will help encourage more applications from the pool of outstanding DOs in our area.

This reimbursement of expenses will be available to any non-sponsored DO from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington completing the Fellowship beginning in 2019. Contact Executive Director David Tate at 503.263.7878 or for additional information.

The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship

The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF) is a year-long leadership training program designed to give osteopathic physicians the skills they need to analyze, formulate, and implement health policy on the local, state, and national levels with the purpose of increasing access to affordable, quality health care.

The program is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

The program is designed for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and positions of influence in health policy.

Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts from which the community can draw to staff committees and task forces at the federal and state levels, testify on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine/education, and develop policy positions.


The curriculum in health policy offers a broad range of analytic and communication tools applicable to health policy, including:

  • Foundations of health policy
  • Information systems for research and communication
  • Policy analysis and formulation
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Interpretation of statistical reporting
  • Writing skills for presentation and publication

In addition, guest seminar leaders from policymaking agencies present an overview and history of policy issues in their fields and serve as resources for group assignments that form the basis of the interactive weekend seminars throughout the year.  Policy areas for the study of issues have included:

  • Federal and state health policy
  • Uninsured populations
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Quality of care and patient safety
  • Economics of health policy
  • Rural health
  • Multicultural medicine
  • Medical education
  • Health care reform

Fellows will participate in policy meetings in Washington, D.C., including workshops to develop strategies to influence policy.  Fellows will also participate in leadership training workshops focusing on public speaking, communicating with the media, and effective negotiation strategies.

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