Bringing the International Experience to Bear on the U.S. Health Reform Debate: The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships

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<p>Foundations have a long history of investing in programs that seek to launch or transform the careers of talented individuals. In a <a href="/publications/publication/2012/mar/bringing-international-experience-bear-us-health-reform-debate">new essay</a> published in The Commonwealth Fund's latest annual report, executive vice president and COO John E. Craig, Jr., draws on the Fund's long experience with fellowship programs, beginning in 1925 with the Commonwealth Fund Fellowships, later to become the Harkness Fellowships. The Fellowships are directed by Robin Osborn, vice president of the International Program in Health Policy and Innovation. </p><p>Craig's essay reports on a review of the Fund’s internationally focused Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice undertaken in 2011 at the request of the foundation's board of directors. The findings are likely to be of interest to other organizations that support, or are considering supporting, fellowships, as well as to all stakeholders in these programs. </p>
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