The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) hosted the 2012 Health Policy Fellowship Seminar December 6-7, 2012, at the AACOM office in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Fellows (at left) flew in from across the country to participate in the seminar, which featured interactive dialogue with prominent health policy makers and experts.  

Marcia K. Brand, PhD, Deputy Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served as the keynote speaker on December 7, providing a detailed overview of HRSA’s key programs and initiatives, as well as pertinent health policy issues to the agency.  Dr. Brand outlined the agency’s strategic plan in achieving health equity through the improvement of primary care delivery to underserved and vulnerable populations, and highlighted the impact of HRSA’s work in communities across the country.  Additionally, she highlighted several helpful tools on HRSA’s website for health professionals’ use, including the Health Resources County Comparison Tool, a national county-level health resource information database that allows users to compare various county performances with similar demographics.

The fellows also heard presentations from other federal officials:

  • Malcolm Cox, MD, Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Benefits Administration, on the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations in health policy;
  • Robert McNellis, MPH, PA, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships (CP3), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on the role of the CP3 in health policy;
  • Shannon Bolon, MD, MPH, Chief, Primary Care Medical Education Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), HRSA, on the role of the BHPr in health policy;
  • Edward Salsberg, Director, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, on the role of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in health policy;
  • Hester Grippando, Program Examiner, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), on the role of the public health branch at the OMB in health policy;
  • William D. Rogers, MD, FACEP, Medical Officer, Office of the Administrator, Director, Physicians Regulatory Issues Team, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on the role of the CMS in health policy.

In addition, the fellows enjoyed engaging discussions on various health policy and advocacy issues with Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations, and Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations; Ray Quintero, Director, Department of Government Relations, American Osteopathic Association (AOA); David B. Moore, Senior Director, Office of Government Relations, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); and Emily Holubowich, MPP, Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding.

The Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine coordinate this certificate program in health policy through a collaboration of AACOM, AACOM member colleges, and the AOA.  Further information regarding the HPF program is available at


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