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Application Available for 2009 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program Contact: Cara James (202) 347-5270 Jomo Kassaye (202) 238-2385 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is accepting applications for the 2009 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. This intensive summer program provides college students with an opportunity to work on policy issues in a congressional office and to engage in original health policy research and analysis under the guidance of Foundation research staff. College seniors and recent college graduates who have a strong interest in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, or who are themselves a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial and ethnic health disparities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 12, 2008. Application materials and more information are available online. Selected Scholars will work in congressional offices in Washington, D.C. for nine weeks, and will participate in weekly seminars and site visits designed to increase their understanding of the intersection between policy and the legislative process. Each Scholar is expected to write and present a health policy research paper before an audience of policy analysts and practitioners in one of the following research areas: Medicaid, the uninsured, Medicare or HIV/AIDS. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who will be seniors or recent graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2009. Individuals with an advanced degree, and those individuals currently enrolled in an advanced degree program are not eligible to participate. The Kaiser Family Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program to honor the legacy of former U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan—the first African American elected to Congress from Texas and a much-admired member of the Foundation’s board of trustees. Barbara Jordan had a distinguished career exemplified by her tireless advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. She brought this passion to her work, inspiring others to become involved in addressing challenging health policy issues. The program is operated in partnership with Howard University. For questions, please contact program director Cara James at (202) 347-5270 or program manager Jomo Kassaye at (202) 238-2385