General Questions

Is there a financial cost to our organization?

No, collaborating organizations do not have any financial obligations to participate. 

Would our organization be a good fit for this program if we are not a traditional public health organization? 

Yes, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative seeks to engage with organizations outside of the traditional public health departments or organizations. There is no one type of organization that we are looking for in this program. Rather, we seek a diversity of organizations, fellows, experiences and locations to ensure greater impact on improving the health of communities across the country. 

What are the qualifications to be a collaborating organization? 

Public or private organizations qualify to be collaborating organizations as long as they work on issues related to one of the five focus areas: (i) addiction and overdose; (ii) environmental challenges; (iii) obesity and the food system; (iv) adolescent health; and (v) violence. For example, an organization that works on neighborhood development may have interest in training for a staff member around food systems. Similarly, organizations that seek to reduce levels of community violence may have interest in training for a staff member around violence prevention. The organization’s work in the chosen focus area must be based in the United States.

What are the responsibilities and expectations of collaborating organizations?

There is a portion of the fellow’s application that must be completed by the collaborating organization to ensure the organization is engaged and supportive of the applicant. They will also sign a letter of commitment, should the applicant be accepted into the program. Collaborating organizations pledge to hire or maintain employment with the applicant following graduation for at least one year. (Note: This pledge is not a legally binding commitment on the part of the collaborating organization.) They also participate in activities with the School during the time the applicable Fellow is studying at the School. After graduation, the organization remains part of the national network of practice and can participate in a range of activities.

What are some benefits for being a collaborating organization? 

Collaborating organizations will join a national network of practice connecting them with organizations across the country working to address the same types of challenges. Not only will a member of your organization gain skills and knowledge through the fellowship, there will also be opportunities for the organization to engage in various activities hosted by the Initiative or School. The Initiative hosts an annual summit, bringing together collaborating organizations, fellows, faculty and researchers to share best practices, updates and progress being made in the focus areas of the Initiative. There are often opportunities to connect with faculty experts and collaborate on grants or research. We seek to support the interests of organizations to engage in ways they identify and support which align with the Initiative. 

Are their funding opportunities as a collaborating organization? 

Fellows are eligible to apply for an award of several thousand dollars to be spent on a special project with their organization. In addition, collaborations with faculty may yield joint grant proposals and other funding opportunities. 

How does the collaboration with the Initiative work? 

Initiative staff reach out to new collaborating organizations to introduce themselves and the Initiative to the organization. Organizations will have opportunities to join online forums centered on the five focus areas of the Initiative. Initiative staff will send regular updates on opportunities for organizations to be involved with various projects or research. The Initiative will work with collaborating organizations to understand their needs or priorities to facilitate connections to faculty or other organizations for consolations or collaborations.  

How often does the fellow have to leave work to participate in obligations of the fellowship? 

All fellows are required to attend one two-week orientation in June. Fellows are given opportunities to attend in-person trainings, orientations and other events throughout the year and these opportunities are announced months in advance for adequate planning. It will be up to collaborating organizations and the fellow to determine the process for taking time away to attend these sessions. 

Are organizations required to pay fellows during while they are taking classes? 

Organizations are not required to pay fellows during the time they are away from work to take a class. 

What can I do if I have additional questions?

Please email our Fellowship Engagement Coordinator, Shane Bryan, at