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Health for America Fellowship

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Health for America is a nonprofit organization creating solutions to improve the lives of people living with chronic disease. It funds the Health for America Fellowship, a year-long venture where young professionals immerse themselves in the healthcare system, find opportunities for impact, and build innovative solutions to America’s most pressing health challenges. Fellows travel across the country to attend medical conferences, study design thinking, and meet with startup founders. They work each day to build a solution that is effective, sustainable, and commercially viable, recording their experiences along the way. Fellows share all of their findings with program partners so that patients may benefit for years to come. Each year, Health for America chooses a specific chronic condition for the Fellows to work on, based on need and the potential to create positive change. The Fellows spend the first few months learning about the condition and talking to people living with, caring for, and treating the disease. As a team, the Fellows then decide on their greatest opportunity for impact and their focus for the rest of the year. Health for America provides resources, support, and guidance, while the Fellows generally determine the pace of the Fellowship. This year’s Fellows spent the first three months immersing themselves in the healthcare system, developing content expertise in heart failure, methodological expertise in design thinking and lean startup methods, and getting a true grasp of opportunities to improve the lives of people living with heart failure and those caring for them. They spent the next several months brainstorming ideas and testing out the validity and impact of each new idea, both among experts and with user feedback. Now, the Fellows are in a solution phase, using continuous feedback to refine their idea into a polished prototype, and moving forward with an implementation plan and business model. The Fellows will be based in Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Delaware.