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United Nations Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation Announce Global Health Journalist Fellowship at World Health Assembly

Washington, DC —   February 17, 2015

The United Nations Foundation, in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, today announced a fellowship for a select group of U.S.-based journalists to participate in the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The fellowship, which will take place May 17-22, 2015, will provide journalists with unique access to key health experts and, through close coordination with the World Health Organization, will offer journalists an enhanced experience at the WHO’s signature gathering of leading health authorities from 194 countries.

Journalists accepted to the fellowship will have the chance to learn more about the most pressing challenges facing international development and global health, as well as how these issues directly impact U.S. interests and health policy. Journalists will participate in on-the-record issue briefings, roundtables, and conversations with experts and high-level officials from the U.S. and around the globe, while also taking part in World Health Assembly events throughout the week.

This fellowship is intended for U.S.-based reporters who may not otherwise have the ability to travel to Geneva and gain access to high-level officials and policy-makers who attend the World Health Assembly. Applicants should have at least some background in health reporting, and special consideration will be given to journalists whose portfolios include health or foreign affairs. Travel expenses will be covered for all journalists accepted to the fellowship.

Those who wish to be considered may submit their application by completing this online questionnaire and sending a letter of interest, resume, and writing samples to mkhan@unfoundation.org. Applications must be submitted by March 9, 2015.  

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About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

About the Kaiser Family Foundation
Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law. For more information, visit http://kff.org.