Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship provides a Senior Fellow the opportunity to work on critical healthcare challenges in Seattle. The Senior Fellow will work with leaders at the Virginia Mason Medical Center on the intersection of healthcare and housing for underserved populations in Seattle, particularly elderly LGBTQ patients. The Senior Fellow will work collaboratively with a second Senior Fellow who will focus on affordable housing in Seattle through the Capitol Hill Housing-Humanity in Action Fellowship. The Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship is a three month opportunity. 

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Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship on Healthcare and Housing

Location: Seattle, Washington
Dates: June - August 2017
Compensation: Fellowship stipend for living and travel expenses
Number of Positions: One (please see associated Capitol Hill Housing-Humanity in Action Fellowship)
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received)

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, with thriving IT, healthcare, and construction industries, as well as growing cultural diversity. Alongside this growth, the city has faced greater challenges meeting affordable housing demands and adjusting  existing healthcare systems to cope with the population growth and needs of a socioeconomically diverse patient demographic. 

Humanity in Action has developed two new Professional Fellowships in Seattle dealing with healthcare and housing through the Virginia Mason Medical Center and Capitol Hill Housing, respectively. 

About Virginia Mason Medical Center

Virginia Mason Medical Center is a leading non-profit healthcare institution in quality improvement recognized globally for its efforts to reduce patient harm and improve quality through its lean process measures aimed at diminishing healthcare waste and enhancing efficient care. The Bailey-Boushay House at Virginia Mason was the first AIDS hospice in the United States and remains a center for excellent care for terminally-ill patients in Seattle. Through its health equity leadership program, Virginia Mason has recently focused on outreach to underserved populations in Seattle and better understanding the needs of underserved populations, including LGBTQ, homeless and HIV/AIDs patients, as well as immigrants, refugees, and low income communities.

About the Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship will give a Senior Fellow the opportunity to work on improving communications concerning affordable housing and healthcare for elderly LGBTQ populations. Through Virginia Mason’s connection with the Bailey-Boushay House, the Senior Fellow will also focus on underserved populations in Seattle, including the homeless, refugees and immigrants, and LGBTQ populations. The Senior Fellow may also conduct work on the formation of a new hospital staff-based LGBTQ group focused on both improving community engagement, care services for LGBTQ patients and communication between hospital leadership and the Bailey-Boushay House, and developing a new LGBTQ healthcare lecture series. 

The Senior Fellow will work collaboratively with the second Senior Fellow at Capitol Hill Housing who will focus on affordable housing issues. The Senior Fellows’ work will impact the work of both Virginia Mason and CHH and, ultimately, they will share their findings with the leadership of both organizations. Founded in 1976, Capitol Hill Housing has a mission to build vibrant, engaged communities through its Seattle-wide development projects of multi-purpose buildings that focus on neighborhood development and support for low- and moderate- income housing. Capitol Hill Housing owns and manages 48 buildings in Capitol Hill and nine other Seattle area neighborhoods. Capitol Hill Housing has functioned as the Community Development Corporation on Capitol Hill since its founding and is supported by public and private funds.

Supporters

The Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship is supported by the Germeshausen Foundation and a community of individual donors in Seattle.

Eligibility and Application

All Humanity in Action Senior Fellows who have completed their Action Projects (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. Humanity in Action encourages those who are interested in gaining experience in public health, elderly care and LGBT rights to apply. 

To apply for the Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship, please click here. Applications are due on April 10, 2017.