Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

  • Washington, DC

Company Description

Families USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for guaranteed, high-quality, affordable health care for all of us. Our major areas of focus include Medicaid, children’s health, Medicare, private insurance, health system reform, and health equity. Working at the national, state, and community levels for more than 25 years, Families USA has earned national recognition as an effective voice for health care consumers.

Job Description

The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, founder and president of Families USA, to inspire and develop the next generation of health care justice leaders. The goal of the Villers Fellowship program is threefold: 1) to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for social and health care justice; 2) to inspire Villers fellows to continue to work for health care justice throughout their lives; and 3) to help achieve Families USA’s goal of guaranteed, high-quality, affordable health care for all of us.


During their year-long tenure, Villers fellows will work on a variety of health care justice issues and develop an understanding of the federal legislation and regulatory process. They will also be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, successful coalition building, and e-advocacy techniques.


The Villers fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s health policy department. The fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C., and is designed to provide the fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues. The fellow’s principal responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues and health reform topics—such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the private insurance market, and health care delivery system reforms—as well as writing and contributing to publications that are relevant to current health reform issues.


For more information on the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice, please see the Families USA website at


The fellowship lasts one year, from August 2014 through July 2015, and the fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Villers fellow is selected each year.


The Villers fellow must demonstrate a commitment to social and health care justice advocacy following his or her year of hands-on experience as a fellow. The Villers fellow will be a strong writer with superior analytical skills. While we do not look for any particular coursework or experiences, your academic, volunteer, and professional background should reflect your dedication to health care justice work. Fellows should also have an interest in national level advocacy and developing an understanding of the complexities of the United States’ national health care system.

Additional Information

Applications are due by January 20, 2014. For application instructions, please go to or email to obtain a hard copy of the application brochure.