Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, 2018–19


Since 1998, the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice have produced an international cadre of more than 220 health care leaders who together contribute to the Fund's thinking and to U.S. policy debate. Beginning in 2006, with partner cofunding, the International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations began expanding the Harkness Fellowships beyond the core group of English-speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom). The program now includes Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, and France. Upon completing the program, fellows become part of a network of international experts that the Fund can draw upon for advice and insight, including weighing in on international delivery system models that could be transferred to the U.S. Many collaborate with the Fund as invited speakers, commissioned authors, or grantees. In 2016, Harkness Fellows published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles related to their fellowship work in top-tier publications like the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs. This project will support the recruitment, selection, and tenure in the United States of 2018–19 Harkness Fellows from up to nine countries. Targeting promising midcareer professionals — government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists — the fellowship provides a unique opportunity to spend 12 months working with leading U.S. experts to study health care delivery reforms and critical health policy issues affecting the U.S. and fellows' home countries. Throughout the year, Fund staff bring the fellows together for a series of high-level policy briefings and site visits. The 2018–19 class of Harkness Fellows is expected to produce research that will inform health reform efforts in the U.S. and abroad. The reputation of the fellowship program in the policy arena will help fellows move into positions of influence, as they also remain part of The Commonwealth Fund circle.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Robin Osborn, M.B.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 11, 2017

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