|"In a traditional postdoctoral fellowship, the goal is to receive scholarly training and leave with a new set of professional skills. The greatest and most unique aspect of the Kellogg Health Scholars Program is that along with my core competencies, I now have a network of colleagues who I can connect with for the rest of my career. This cadre of dedicated scholars gives me hope that we are not alone in our commitment to eliminating health disparities - it is our collective effort which moves us one step closer to reaching this goal."
— Kellogg Health Scholar, 2006-2008
Through this Program, leaders emerge with the competence to undertake research adding to our knowledge about the nature of social disparities in health and about interventions to reduce those disparities; the capacity to partner with communities in carrying out research and building policy advocacy; and the skills to inform and support policy makers who seek to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
The Kellogg Health Scholars Program consists of two tracks and offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships at eight training sites. The Community track highlights community-based participatory research (CBPR), and relationships between academic health disparities research, public health practices in communities, and policy development. The Multidisciplinary track highlights a multidisciplinary approach to studying the determinants of health inequalities and inequities. Both tracks highlight the translation of health research into policy findings and recommendations.
All scholars participate once a year in a networking meeting at which policy and practice experts from the affiliated policy development/advocacy organizations, public health agencies and Community leaders share their expertise with the scholars and the scholars share their work with each other and with the Program's National Advisory Committee. In addition, seminars hosted at training sites and electronic thematic mini-workshops provide opportunities for scholars to link up with alumni, mentors, program leadership or invited guests. Through these small meetings and mini-workshops scholars share their research plans and projects with each other including lessons learned, challenges faced and strategies developed in their traineeship experience They gain leadership skills in specific topic areas including publishing, grants management, and policy and advocacy.