From assisted suicide to methamphetamines, and health disparities to faith-based health intervention programs, fellows explored and actively deliberated many of the most challenging and diverse health policy issues being confronted by Oregon and Alabama, two innovative but widely differing states. During the week of March 19th, through an intense series of encounters with state and local government officials, academia, health press, and key opinion leaders to better understand the interaction between federal and state policy, the fellows witnessed the conundrum of state surpluses and mounting deficits in essential services.
"The RWJ State visits were an invaluable opportunity to see the state to state variability in health care delivery and their approach to policy and politics,” said 2005-2006 Fellow Martina Bebin. “We had an opportunity to view and discuss the down stream effects at the state level of Federal Health Care programs and the various creative ways of addressing health policy issues.” On more than one occasion, it became clear that these contacts and experiences will be valuable as the fellows head back to their positions on Capital Hill.
Please take time to visit the website photo gallery, which features pictures of RWJ Fellows throughout the decades. We need your photos, particularly between the years 1986 and 2000. It's best to have digital copies of photos, but we can also scan originals and send them back to you.