About the Capstone Program
The GE-NMF PCLP Capstone Scholarship Program offers a unique opportunity for master’s level public health students and law students to gain professional research-related experience and leadership training in a community healthcare setting. PCLP Capstone Scholars will conduct a research-based project at a PCLP Site Partner community health center under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The PCLP Capstone project will be conducted and completed by September 2014. Awarded Scholars are required to attend and present in a Capstone Scholarship Forum to convene in October 2014.
The purpose of the Capstone Research Project is to provide an opportunity to conduct a study in a partner FQHC that is relevant both to the FQHC and to the Student’s academic program. In the first year, eligible disciplines will include: Public Health (MPH/MSPH) and Law (JD). Other relevant disciplines will be considered in the future.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD INFORMATION
In 2014, ten (10) scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded. The scholarship funds are expected to cover any project-related expenses including at least 1 in-person site visit for Scholars who are not geographically co-located* with the placement site.
*GE-NMF PCLP Capstone Scholars that do not reside in the same city as the placement site and are completing the Capstone Project offsite.
PCLP Capstone Scholar candidates must provide proof of US citizenship and be enrolled in a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school or program or an Association of American Law Schools (AALS) – or American Bar Association (ABA) – Approved Law school located in one of the US 50 states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico for one of these professions:
- Public Health (MPH/MSPH students at least ½ way to program completion)
- Law (2nd and 3rd year JD students)
Eligible candidates include underrepresented minority students* in law and healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged students as measured by a ratio of demonstrated need and debt. Ideal candidates will share a passion for improving access to healthcare for medically underserved communities.
*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.
Each awardee will conduct a capstone project at an assigned community health center in one of the eligible locations between February and July 2014. Eligible locations include Jackson MS, Los Angeles CA, Mobile AL, Nashville TN, Orlando FL, Phoenix AZ, San Antonio TX, and W. Memphis AR.
Requirements for Proposed Capstone Projects:
- Completion by September 2014
- Address an issue of importance related to primary care delivery in an FQHC
PCLP Capstone Scholars must be available to attend and participate in a poster session in the fall of 2014 to present their findings. Costs associated with attendance and participation in the PCLP Capstone Forum will be covered by National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
In addition to their project, PCLP Capstone Scholars will participate in leadership training, including, but not limited to, interviews with members of site leadership and review of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Competencies Assessment Tool.