Building the Next Generation of Public Health Leaders

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What is the American Connections Program?

Millions of Americans go without broadband internet access—most of them in rural communities. The American Connection Project fosters long-term digital inclusion in support of vibrant and thriving rural communities.


Efforts include raising awareness about the critical nature of connectivity; advocating for meaningful policy reform and broadband investment; and, taking decisive action to provide connectivity options where they’re needed most.


Land O’Lakes, Inc. is convening organizations and leaders from across the country in this critical time to build strong rural communities positioned for competitiveness and connection now and in the future.

What is the ASTHO Public Health Equity Corps?

As our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is partnering with Lead For America (LFA) to build the next generation of public health leaders. Together, ASTHO and LFA will place fellows in U.S. state public health agencies for a paid two-year fellowship. Fellows strengthen state health agency efforts to build healthy and resilient communities with a particular immediate focus on equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a public health emergency by United States authorities in January 2020, ASTHO has been working with partners across the nation to ensure state and territorial agencies have the resources and information they need to effectively respond to the crisis.

In 2021, Public Health Equity Corps fellows will help lead the charge in building more healthy and resilient communities, while also creating a bench of public health leaders for the future.


The Fellowship

Public Health Equity Corps (PHEC) Fellows will work directly to build healthy and resilient communities by:

  • Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among the community’s most vulnerable populations;

  • Strengthening the relationship between the state health agency and community members; and

  • Developing new strategies that can be used for addressing communication rates of other communicable diseases.

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Participating States

Applicants must be a resident, or have a strong connection to, of least one of the following states to apply: Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Utah, & Wyoming


Why become a PHEC Fellow?

PHEC Fellows will be immersed in a real-life public health challenge and will work alongside community leaders (government, health, advocacy groups, community, etc.) to tackle it head on.


Fellows will gain first-hand understanding, experience, and perspective of identified populations that differ from their own identity (race, religion, preference, age, gender, ability, etc.).


In addition, the Fellow will receive world-class training and mentorship that will prepare them for future roles in public service and public health.


Life As A Fellow

Fellows at Catalyst Institute

"Being a Fellow has helped me become more creative in approaching and addressing the issues my community faces. I've been able to establish networks of support and avenues of collaboration. What could have been a frustrating and lonely journey has been exciting and empowering."

— Shandiin Herrera, 2019 LFA Fellow

Grow: Catalyst Institute 

Attend national kickoff training to learn from world class leaders, deepen your leadership potential, and build meaningful community with other change-makers across the country.

Serve: Project Scope

Work side-by-side with local leaders to build healthy and resilient communities by supporting vaccination efforts, boosting public health education efforts, and leading projects that strengthen long-term community health.

Create: Community Venture
Receive mentorship to start your own business, nonprofit, or community group to address the local needs and continue your passion. 


Cultivate: Learning + Support

Strengthen your leadership and knowledge through ongoing retreats and training, advisors, and alumni opportunities.

Catalyze: Multiplier Effect

Recruit other leaders to support your community to build the next generation of leaders and strengthen your community's capacity for change.


Application Process

Click on each phase for more info.



General Application

Resume, writing sample, + short response.

Jan. 14th,



Interview with our team.

April, 2022


Interview + match with your host.

May, 2022


Host A Fellow

Welcome Diverse, Trained Talent
Fellows possess extraordinary integrity, drive, and commitment to public service. Each has access to a variety of mentors, trainings and conferences. Fellows receive a world-class training in public administration from faculty at the University of Minnesota, UNC Chapel Hill, Purdue University, Tufts, Harvard, and other top schools, helping bolster their ability to contribute to critical capacity-building initiatives at their host sites. 

Build Healthy and Resilient Communities

Our training is designed to make our Fellows real contributors in your organization from the start, and bring that needed capacity to make sure your community is resilient through public health challenges. Selected agencies will receive the following benefits:

  • Designated support to increase vaccine distribution among identified vulnerable population(s).

  • Apply learning and products to other public health programs.

  • No-cost, trained fellow for two years.

  • Access to innovations and lessons learned through Fellowship Community of Practice.

  • Potential to retain experienced fellow beyond formal fellowship program.

  • Opportunity to learn from peer agencies and leverage expertise from a community of practice.

  • Engage up to two staff in selected ASTHO and LFA leadership development sessions. 

Make a Long-Term Investment 
All Fellows are selected because of their long-term commitment to service, and Fellows are encouraged to work with partners in the community beyond their initial two year commitment. Fellows choose to mentor, teach, or otherwise engage local leaders and build relationships with key civic entities including public institutions, small businesses and community-based nonprofits. ​Participation in the program is not only an investment in your organization's capacity for the short term, but in the civic infrastructure of your community for years to come. 

Connect With Civically-Minded Organizations
We believe it is important that we connect our host institutions and organizational partners to one another. As such, all hosts are invited  to join our online community of forward-thinking community organizations. All hosts will also benefit from the resources of our university partners. 


Interested in Hosting?

To host a Public Health Equity Corps fellow, hosts must be a governmental state health agency.

The 2021 application period to host a fellow has closed. Please fill out the interest form if you are interested in hosting a fellow for the Fall of 2022.

Frequently asked questions


Do I need to have experience with public health to apply?

No! You don’t have to be a public health expert to be a great Fellow—all kinds of skills can translate to success in your placement as long as you’re ready to work hard, exercise humility, and learn on the go. Fellows will receive 1:1 mentorship, be matched with advisors, participate in LFA's national Changemaker Summit, and attend quarterly retreats to gain and sharpen skills that will help them in their fellowship.

How many Fellows do you plan to accept?

The Public Health Equity Corps plans to support 8 Fellows across multiple states in 2021.

Can international residents apply?

Due to federal eligibility requirements of our AmeriCorps grant, Lead for America may only accept U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents for admission into the Fellowship. Unfortunately, this means that at the present moment, DACA recipients and OPT students are not eligible for the fellowship.

Can I apply for the fellowship if I already have a graduate degree or am in the middle of a graduate program?

Yes. Folks who have earned or are in the process of earning graduate degrees may apply for the Fellowship so long as they are legally authorized to work in the US. Applicants who are in the middle of a graduate degree program must be prepared to take a two-year sabbatical from their graduate studies to participate in Lead for America. Please note: the compensation package is the same for all Fellows in a given city, regardless of whether or not they earned a graduate degree before beginning their Fellowship term

How will I be notified if I am a finalist?

Lead For America will notify all Finalists of their status within a week after their Finalist interviews. Those invited to be confirmed Finalists will be asked to confirm that they would like to take part in the matching process within seven days of notification, but will not be asked to officially commit to the fellowship until they have been matched with a host. A limited number of Finalists will be selected for a confirmed Finalist waitlist. Note that confirmed Finalists are not guaranteed a fellowship until they are matched with a community institution that agrees to host them. However, a vast majority of those who are named confirmed Finalists ultimately receive the fellowship.

Can I apply to serve in a community I did not grow up in?

Yes! Applicants for the Public Health Equity Corps must have a strong connection to the state(s) they are applying to serve in. A strong connection could be: (a) where you were born and/or raised, (b) where your family resides, (c) where you went to, or currently attend, college, (d) somewhere you lived in the past, or (e) a place you are committed to make your home long term.

Can I apply if I do not consider myself a young professional?

Most of our Fellows are young professionals, and as such, our programming is geared towards this stage in one's professional career. That said, we are simply looking for dynamic and passionate leaders who want to inject energy into, and give back to the community where they have strong ties. We welcome candidates of all ages, so if this program sounds like a good fit for you, feel free to apply today!

How do I know you received my application?

If you received the confirmation email, then we received your application. If you did not receive a confirmation email in your inbox or in your spam folder within 24 hours of submission, then email letting us know.

What does the application process entail?

First Round In the first round of the application, you will complete a two-page application with your demographic and academic information, a resume/CV, your geographic preferences, and a 250 word short answer response focused on your interest in or connection to the proposed host community. This is due by June 15th, 2021. Finalist In the Finalist round, you will be invited for a video interview and a chance to meet the LFA team. Finalists will also be asked to submit two recommendations and a personal bio. Endorsed Finalists After the Finalist interviews, LFA will announce the selection of LFA Endorsed Finalists. These Endorsed Finalists will have been given an unreserved endorsement by LFA. Pending a successful interview, funding, and confirmation by a host organization of interest, the Endorsed Finalist will be named a Fellow. The process of becoming a Fellow after being named an Endorsed Finalist varies slightly for our different tracks, but always includes an interview with a host partner before the placement can be fully confirmed.

What are the qualities of an ideal candidate?

Our Fellows are catalysts for a much larger revitalization and are deeply committed to supporting their community’s flourishing. To be a Lead For America Fellow is to deeply commit to another way of moving through the world. All backgrounds, experiences and skills can help Fellows be effective during their two years and beyond. That being said, there are a few things we look for in every Fellow. Integrity. Humility. A deep commitment to a life of selflessness and community service. A willingness to learn and co-create the fellowship experience. A genuine excitement for being part of a much larger movement. Our Fellows are excited to address the root challenge of disconnection to community. Fellows are selected for their dedication, de-centering of self, and willingness to full-heartedly dive into a commitment to others. They become catalysts for place-based initiatives, entrepreneurial social ventures, and community hubs to broaden and deepen local connection. Beyond the above characteristics, we look for candidates that can demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, a profound commitment to serving others, and a tremendous passion for a particular place they hope to serve long term. LFA is committed to selecting a diverse cohort to: 1) ensure that underrepresented voices are being lifted up in community leadership positions to promote equitable decision-making; 2) strengthen the cohort experience by catalyzing profound learning from one another’s rich experiences and perspectives; 3) ensure that our fellowship is representative of the incredible heterogeneity of our country. Note that, while we strive for diversity in these ways, all Fellows must fully align with our values to join our community. Historically, fewer Asian American candidates, as well as candidates from moderate or conservative ideological orientations, have applied for the fellowship, and for the reasons above, we hope to encourage more candidates from these backgrounds to apply.


How does the Public Health Equity Corps differ from other Lead For America fellowship programs?

The Public Health Equity Corps is a paid two-year fellowship. PHEC Fellows will work to strengthen state health agency efforts by building healthy and resilient communities with a particular immediate focus on equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.The fellowships are expected to begin in August 2021 and end on July 31, 2023. As vaccine becomes more available and equitable distribution goals are advanced, the scope of the project may broaden. While there will be consistency across sites in focus and training, there will also be flexibility within approach to meet the individual needs of host agencies. ASTHO and the host agency will jointly determine an eventual expanded scope; examples include, but are not limited to:
- Adopt and implement new community engagement structure and functions for long-term population health benefit.
- Apply COVID-19 strategies toward improvement of vaccination rates and systems changes to sustain efforts to reduce ongoing hesitancy among minority and vulnerable populations. - Use new approaches to communicate about other health topics. - Integrate community fellowship programs on an ongoing basis. Vulnerable populations are defined broadly and include, but are not limited to, those defined by age, race, ethnicity, language, gender, ability, income, and identity preference. The fellow will be immersed in a real-life public health challenge and be exposed to many sides of an issue (government, health, advocacy groups, community, etc.), and gain keen first-hand understanding, experience, and perspective of identified populations that differ from their own identity (race, religion, preference, age, gender, ability, etc.). In addition, the fellow will receive training and mentorship that will prepare them for future roles in public service and leadership.

What is the duration of the fellowship?

The Fellowship service term is two years. Fellows should anticipate beginning their fellowship in August of 2021, and ending in July of 2023. We expect that every Fellow also commit to spending four out of the next seven years in their region, two of which are through the Fellowship and the other two are through opportunities co-created by the Host Site and community, Lead For America, and the Fellow.

How does LFA select what organizations to partner with?

We partner with forward-thinking organizations whose leaders are eager to find new ways to engage young talent in solving key local challenges and are serious about mentoring, empowering and investing in that talent. We collaborate closely with our Fellow hosts to identify meaningful, high-impact work for Fellows. All of our Fellow hosts invest significant money and time in our program and in our Fellows. The PHEC placements represent a mix of urban, suburban, and rural locations, and can be part of local governments or civically oriented non-profits. All PHEC placements must involve 1) working with state public health agencies, 2) engaging meaningfully with the local community, and 3) must be strictly non-partisan. This project is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and ASTHO and LFA collaboratively to oversee the fellowship program. Host sites were selected through a competitive application process overseen by ASTHO and LFA.

When and how will I be matched with my host site?

During the application process, we will ask you to indicate which state(s) you would like to serve in, and ask you to share your connection to the state in your application form. If selected as an Endorsed Finalist, LFA will set up a match interview with you and a site partner in the state to which you applied, taking in further geographic preference, connection, and overall fit to the host site culture. You will receive the full project scope for that specific host site ahead of your interview. From the matching interview, both the host site supervisor and the Fellow will decide on whether they would like to confirm their match. Endorsed Finalists can expect to have between 1-3 host site match interviews, and will be asked their rank choice preference of site placements. We try our best to honor the candidate's top choice, and almost always place Fellows in one of their top three site choices.

Will I be working with other Fellows in my placement?

A majority of Fellows work in communities without other Fellows. However, some communities will have more than once LFA Fellow, in which meetups and collaboration will be encouraged. It is possible that some PHEC Fellows will be close by to other LFA Fellows with whom they can connect.

What is life like after the fellowship?

In order to cultivate transformational community leaders in the long term, Lead For America believes that making a deep, sustained investment in the development of our alumni will reap exponential change for our leaders, their communities, and society more broadly. Beyond building a burgeoning alumni community that includes graduate scholarships (including the ones listed here), professional development trainings, systematized network building and job advocacy, regional alumni chapters, and national alumni interest groups, we also plan to provide up to $5,000 in startup grants to alumni who are catalyzing locally rooted changemaking work (e.g. starting a local business or non-profit, leading a community initiative, etc.). Alumni, like Fellows, are also encouraged to participate in the strategic decision-making of Lead For America, both within regional affiliates and at the national level. We view our fellowship as the first step in a lifelong commitment to and participation in the Lead For America community, and strive to build a thick culture of connection, inspiration, and empowerment for alumni across all cohorts.

Can I have other employment during my fellowship?

Because the fellowship experience is very intensive and we hope that Fellows can focus as much of their time as possible on impacting their communities, Fellows typically do not hold simultaneous employment. The living scholarship, housing scholarship, and other Fellowship benefits are calibrated to cover all living costs during the Fellowship experience, and additional financial scholarships are also available in special circumstances. However, we understand that each individual's context is unique, and we are happy to support Fellows in part-time jobs when needed to support the full nourishment and well-being of the Fellow.

Can I attend school during my fellowship?

Fellows may decide to complete additional certification programs or courses through one of our academic or strategic partners, or through other programs of their choosing. This may include working towards an online or part-time MPA program or any number of weekend part-time training courses. That being said, Fellows are expected to consult both their host government and LFA before making this decision.

What will the Fellow’s contributions to the project encompass?

The fellow will work alongside state health agency representatives to plan and implement programs to improve vaccination rates among the identified population(s). This may include, but is not limited to researching best practices, developing strategy, writing plans and reports, communicating with partners and the public, convening engagement activities (such as listening sessions, forums, focus groups, town halls, etc.), providing training and presentations, and interfacing with the public and political and civic authorities. The fellow will contribute to collective evaluation and reports and will be expected to present final work to the membership of ASTHO and associated audiences (to be determined).

What are the expected outcomes, deliverables and key deadlines?

Outcomes will be: 1) improved COVID-19 vaccination rates, and therefore disease protection, among the dentified vulnerable population(s); 2) expanded and deepened relationships between the state health agency, stakeholder groups, community organizations and residents. Key deliverables and deadlines will be determined in tandem with the host agency and may include plans, reports, group rosters and charters, community engagement guides, communication collateral, and/or related items. Final deliverables will include a presentation to ASTHO membership, and contribution to evaluations and overall project reports (strategies used and lessons learned at the conclusion of the fellowship).

What is the broader impact of this project on the community? Why is the problem worth solving?

There are notable and unjust disparities in health outcomes among populations defined by race, ethnicity, ability level, income, geography, and a host of other characteristics and factors. Additionally, historical injustices and systemic factors such as racism and biased public policy negatively affect trust for government, for healthcare professionals, and between population groups. By intentionally engaging partners, communities, and the public in direct, sincere, and enduring ways, states can not only impact the long-term outcomes for COVID, but other communicable diseases and public health issues as well.


Does the PHEC fellowship program qualify for Public Service Loan Foregiveness?

Lead For America Fellows who participate in one of Lead For America’s AmeriCorps programs qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. To date, that has only included the Lead For Minnesota program, but starting with the 2020/2021 cohort, each of Lead For America’s other programs are also applying for AmeriCorps grants, which if received, would qualify new Fellows for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program as well. Lead For America will receive a decision on all AmeriCorps grants by May 2021.

What benefits do Fellows receive? How much do Fellows get paid?

As a Fellow, you're going to be pushed and you're going to be challenged. But you're also going to have access to world-class training, a community of like-minded peers, a national network of public service leaders, and a staff that will be asking for your advice on how best to shape this program. Most importantly, you're going to be doing work that really matters. We're excited to meet you and create this experience together. BENEFITS NOTE: For those wishing to learn more about scholarship calculations, see the section below! Beyond a paid scholarship, Fellows receive leadership development training, graduate scholarships, alumni grants, and professional support (estimated at $25k+/year in value), including: -Two weeks of all expenses paid in-person summits and retreats where you will learn alongside professionals, academics, and social sector leaders across a multitude of fields, and receive leadership development, equity, and character-building training. In past years, the training has included 100+ speakers from all over the country, including Brookings Institution Centennial Scholar Bruce Katz, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen, and the nationally renowned Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick. Training also includes three in-person retreats spread over the two year fellowship that ground your work in real community success stories. For 2021 Fellows, the training will begin with a 10 day summit in partnership with Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Tisch College, the Rural Studies Institute, and Urban Rural Action. -Biweekly calls with an LFA staff member for professional and emotional support. -An Employee Assistance Program that provides legal, financial, tax, and mental health resources. -A hand-selected mentor who is a leader in their field, tailored to Fellows’ personal aspirations. -Alumni graduate scholarships to a growing list of top MPA and MPP schools, including the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown. -Grants of up to $5k for alumni to launch entrepreneurial initiatives to serve their community. -Complimentary attendance at relevant leadership development and public administration conferences. -Free workshops, webinars, monthly speaker series, and other events provided through LFA’s virtual Luminary Network. -A community of some of the most talented, passionate, and dynamic changemakers in the country. SCHOLARSHIP Beyond the benefits, we are committed to making our fellowship as financially accessible as we can afford. As a service program that receives funding from under-resourced communities, our Fellows generally do not receive as much funding as they could in the private sector, but we do our best to ensure that everyone receives what is needed to cover their cost of living, and much more than most other service programs. In addition, as we continue developing our financial capacity, we hope to be in a position to increase our scholarship package over time. After consulting with dozens of peer service year programs, we have concluded that the AmeriCorps VISTA stipend, the required scholarship amount for the federal service program, can be challenging for many individuals to live on when they must also pay for housing and health care costs. To ensure that our program is financially accessible for leaders of all income backgrounds, each year we provide the equivalent of the AmeriCorps VISTA stipend as a baseline scholarship, and also pay for the costs of housing and health care for those Fellows who are not able to cover those costs through in-kind support, such as living with family, parental health insurance, etc. For Fellows starting in August 2021, we are also excited to share that, due to a federal grant, we are able to provide a one-time stipend increase of $2,500 that will increase the first year scholarship for all Fellows not already receiving a stipend increase. This funding will also allow us to be more generous with financial aid for Fellows who may have special personal circumstances that would prevent them from participating without additional support. Lead For America strives to provide all Fellows with the funds needed to ensure that the program is sustainable for people of all incomes, and we are committed to working thoughtfully and compassionately with all candidates who need more support to see what is possible through our financial aid fund. SCHOLARSHIP CALCULATIONS NOTE: Lead For North Carolina Fellows receive $28,000/year as salaried employees, and paid time off for all state/national holidays along with three additional paid days off. The below information applies to all other Lead For America Fellows. To calculate the baseline annual scholarship, we first take the equivalent of the AmeriCorps VISTA living stipend by county (we multiply the "VISTA Bi-Weekly Living Allowance (full 14 days of service)" from this chart by 26). Then, for those Fellows who are unable to secure in-kind housing (e.g. from parents, their host, etc.), we add in the Housing amount estimated for that city on the MIT Living Wage Calculator (if the city is not listed on the MIT Living Wage Calculator, we use the amount listed for the county where the city resides). For those Fellows who are not on parental or spousal insurance and need to pay for their own medical costs, health insurance premiums will be reimbursed up to the amount estimated for Medical Expenses for that city/county on the MIT Living Wage Calculator. For those with children, LFA will work with them to provide an additional financial scholarship based on that candidate's needs. Please note that, in places with especially high costs of living, the scholarship amount calculated using the above process provides a scholarship amount that double counts for the cost of housing (in these communities, the AmeriCorps VISTA stipend amount is significantly higher to account for housing costs beyond other living expenses). For this reason, if the scholarship calculated above is greater than $30,000, then the total scholarship will be recalibrated to equal the MIT Living Wage Calculator's Required Annual Income After Taxes. SCHOLARSHIP CALCULATION EXAMPLES (VISTA Bi-Weekly Living Allowance for intended community of service x 26) + (MIT Living Wage "Housing" Calculation) = Baseline Scholarship For Fellows looking to serve in Austin, TX (Travis County) would receive a scholarship amount of (Travis County Bi-Weekly Living Allowance $587.30 x 26 or $15269.80) + (Austin Housing Calculation $11,856) = $27,125. For Fellows starting in August 2021, due to a one-time stipend increase, this would increase to $29,625 for the first year of the fellowship. For Fellows looking to serve in Arcata, CA (Humboldt County) would receive a scholarship amount of (Humboldt County Bi-Weekly Living Allowance $513.94 x 26 or $13,362.44) + (Humboldt County Housing Calculation $8,244) = $21,606.44. For Fellows starting in August 2021, due to a one-time stipend increase, this would increase to $24,106.44 for the first year of the fellowship.

What if I need more than the baseline scholarship ammount to participate in the fellowship?

LFA aims to meet demonstrated financial need to the greatest extent possible with the aspiration of making the fellowship fully accessible to people of all income backgrounds. While we know we may not attain this goal in all cases, we have designed a financial aid process based on the lived experiences of dozens of past Fellows. Once selected as Endorsed Finalists, Fellows are expected before the matching process begins to share any outstanding financial concerns via a financial aid form. This form includes a line item annual budget and a budget narrative to describe financial need. Qualifying expenses may include, but are not limited to: necessary transportation costs, medical expenses (not including premiums), student loans, familial financial obligations (i.e. child support, care for a family member etc), and basic personal care costs. LFA will not provide a financial scholarship for housing costs beyond what is listed in the MIT Living Wage Calculator for the Fellow’s community. For those Fellows who pay for their own health care premiums, these costs will solely be paid in the form of monthly reimbursements up to the amount listed in the MIT Living Wage Calculator for the Fellow’s community, and will not increase monthly scholarship payments. The financial scholarship form will be reviewed by LFA staff, who will compare the form with current budgetary constraints. Based on this analysis, LFA staff will notify the Fellow of the new scholarship amount (if any change is to be made), LFA and the Fellow will sign a revised agreement acknowledging the changes, and the new scholarship amount will be requested from external stakeholders during the fundraising and budgeting process. Upon the signing of the budget, Fellows agree to the budget and understand that this amount is what LFA commits to pay them over the course of two years. Any additional funding is very limited and happens only in exceptional circumstances. In cases of dramatic changes to a Fellows’ financial circumstances during the fellowship, LFA may be able to offer scholarship funding to help a Fellow get back on their feet and live sustainably. In these cases, LFA prioritizes support for 1) Fellows who are from low-income backgrounds and have additional financial obligations (i.e. are taking care of family members) and 2) would be unable to continue the fellowship without help. In these cases LFA may be able to support through a financial scholarship up to $3k over the course of several months. This scholarship is intended to support Fellows with immediate costs to help them get back to a place of financial sustainability. If a Fellow requires a longer-term adjustment to their stipend, LFA will have another conversation prior to the end of the scholarship period to determine long term financial need and discuss possible routes forward.


Who Is eligible to become a host agency?

State public health agencies are eligible host sites. ASTHO will give preference to states that are lagging in COVID-19 vaccination distribution among vulnerable populations and that have been pre-prioritized by the Kellogg Foundation (Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Louisiana) and/or by ASTHO (Alabama and Wyoming). It is possible that another community agency may be named as the host site, but only at the explicit request with justification of the state health agency and with their ongoing active engagement with the project and the fellows.

What are the expectations of the host agency?

Host agencies will enter into a memorandum of agreement with ASTHO and LFA; they are expected to assist with fellow recruitment and selection and provide a designated supervisor for day-to-day direction and oversight, a laptop with remote internet access, physical space for onsite working (if applicable and as work-from-home directives relax), and other operational supplies. Hosts will participate in periodic meetings with ASTHO, LFA, and other selected agencies to share resources, review progress, and identify solutions to overcome challenges.

What is the eligibility for fellows and what are the expectations of them?

This program builds on LFA’s fellowship model to address pressing challenges facing communities with an emphasis on engaging and rooting local talent in a life of public service. Fellows are actively recruited from prioritized/selected areas. Fellows will be college graduates and participate in LFA’s established training and enrichment opportunities, and in additional leadership, public health, and cultural/equity programming and events hosted by ASTHO. At the conclusion of the experience, fellows will present their work to ASTHO members and/or other associated audiences (to be determined). Fellows are encouraged to continue work within the community in which they are assigned for an additional two years following the completion of the fellowship.

What are the benefits to the selected host agencies?

Selected agencies will receive the following benefits:
● Designated support to increase vaccine distribution among identified vulnerable population(s).
● Apply learning and products to other public health programs.
● No-cost, trained fellow for two years.
● Access to innovations and lessons learned through Fellowship Community of Practice.
● Potential to retain experienced fellow beyond formal fellowship program.
● Opportunity to learn from peer agencies and leverage expertise from a community of practice.
● Engage up to two staff in selected ASTHO and LFA leadership development sessions.

What is the state health agency application process?

State health agencies that wish to be considered as host agencies should complete the brief scope supplement document. Agencies should replace the text that appears in red font with information about their agency and project. The 2021 application portal closed on May 15th, 2021. If intereted in hosting a fellow for a future cycle, please contact: Joanne Pearsol, ASTHO’s director of leadership and workforcedevelopment, at ASTHO: 571-318-5469;