Harkness Fellowship In Health Care Policy and Practice

Held October 1, 2015

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The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, offers a unique opportunity for professionals to spend a year in the United States to study healthcare delivery system reforms and critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and Canada. CFHI has brought a Canadian perspective to the program since 2001 and, in 2012, began co-funding a full-time Canadian Harkness Fellowship.

CFHI invites you to our informational call for Canadians interested in applying for the 2016-17 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice. If you are a mid-career professional – academic researcher, government policy-maker, clinical leader, senior healthcare manager or journalist – we encourage you to join and learn more about the Harkness Fellowship and what it can do for you.

After the informational call, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the Fellowship’s key yearly highlights including the orientations process and various in-person learning opportunities.
  • Understand the type of work carried out through the Fellowship and what can be gained from the experience by hearing from two former Canadian Harkness Fellows.
  • Assess your readiness to apply for the Fellowship based on submission requirements, including the Fund’s areas of interest.

The Harkness Fellowship places fellows with mentors from leading U.S. universities, think tanks, healthcare organizations, healthcare delivery systems and government agencies. Publication of a peer-reviewed journal article or policy report is the anticipated product of the Fellowship. Access to a strong international network that promotes accelerated professional and personal development are just some of the exemplary benefits of participating in this program.


scott-robertson imageScott Robertson is Senior Project Manager for the medical travel program in theNorthwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). Mr. Robertson, played a pivotal role in CFHI’s Chronic Disease Management collaboration with the Northwest Territories DHSS and is developing programming for other CFHI initiatives, particularly the Northern and Remote Collaboration. He has extensive operational, policy, and econometric experience to support healthcare improvement in northern and remote areas of Canada. He is a 2014-15 Commonwealth Fund /Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, where he conducted research at Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. He has a Master’s degree in Health Economics and Policy and was previously the Chief Nursing Officer for the NWT and Action Canada Fellow.

fiona-clement imageFiona Clement is Director of the Health Technology Assessment Unit at the University of Calgary. Dr. Clement completed her PhD in Health Services Research with a specialization in Health Economics at the University of Calgary. Additionally, she completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Newcastle (UK), supported by CFHI and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. Her research interests include Health Technology Assessment, methods to achieve optimal use of technology (Health Technology Reassessment) and drug policy including reimbursement decision-making processes and system cost-containment measures. She has also been instrumental in building the capacity to understand and use HTA by developing training programs for Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services staff and mentoring the next generation of health economists. Dr. Clement is the Director of the Health Technology Assessment and Appraisal Unit and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. She is a 2014-15 Commonwealth Fund /Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, where she conducted research at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.


Stephen Samis imageStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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