Turner West, MPH, MTS, director of education and communications, and director of the Palliative Care Leadership Center at Hospice of the Bluegrass, has been accepted for the 2016-2017 Class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows.
Fellows are selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. This prestigious program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, health care administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.
“This fellowship placement is an extraordinary opportunity for Turner and helps Hospice of the Bluegrass continue our leadership and advocacy role in the fields of hospice, palliative care and innovations in care for the seriously ill,” says Liz Fowler, Hospice of the Bluegrass President and CEO. “We are proud of Turner’s achievement and look forward to what he will learn and accomplish.”
During the fellowship, West will be placed with a mentor from the National Advisory Board and individual learning objectives will be established. The program starts with a five-week orientation that includes training in health policy, aging policy, and participation in the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program. During the year-long fellowship program, West will spend 20 percent of his time with a placement site and working on a policy project. Additionally, there will be specialized workshops on communication skills, leadership, and health policy.
“The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is a tremendous opportunity to learn and develop the necessary skills to contribute to policies and programs that improve health care delivery,” says West. “I look forward to participating in this distinguished program.”
For more information visit the Health and Aging Policy Fellows website.