Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice


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 state 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.

The mission of Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice, created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, Founder and President of Families USA, is to inspire and develop the next generation of health care justice leaders. The goal of the Villers Fellowship Program is three-fold:

  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.


In order to be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We prefer that applicants have a college degree or plan to receive a degree by the start of the program. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount

One Villers Fellow is selected each year. The fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits.