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Health Policy Ambassadors

Our mission is to connect and support those seeking to improve health outcomes through policy. We understand that there are several aspects of the policy change process. We also acknowledge that there are several organizations around Birmingham already engaged in this process. In an effort to support both community-based organizations and UAB students interested in policy advocacy, we have developed the Health Policy Ambassadors program.

Health Policy Ambassadors (HPAs) are a group of students who serve as representatives of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. HPAs will partner with community organizations and nonprofits over the course on an academic year to work on an important health policy issue. These students will exemplify legislative involvement in the Greater Birmingham area by working with community partners, creating a policy brief or report, and presenting to key decision-makers.


  1. Commit to roughly 40 hours of policy work over one academic year (Fall - Spring). Note that 40 hours is a guideline, as some projects may take more or less time to complete.
  2. HPAs will have a check-in with Lister Hill Center Staff every other week. Once a month, this check-in will include community partner representatives.
  3. HPAs will represent the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, community partners, and UAB in a positive and engaging manner.


Fall Semester:

  • Early September - Initial meeting
    • Review expectations and establish working relationship with community partner
    • Establish regular meeting time with LHC staff
  • Policy Brief/Report
    • LHC will provide a workshop on developing policy briefs and other reports
    • HPAs have the whole semester to develop this document
  • Fall research expo presentation (or equivalent for graduate students)
    • HPAs will develop either a poster or oral presentation

Spring Semester:

  • HPAs will work with the LHC and community partners to fine-tune their policy brief or report

  • HPAs will meet with decision-makers

    • LHC will provide a workshop on legislator engagement

    • HPAs will coordinate with community partners to present their work to the appropriate audience

  • April - HPAs write about their experience for the LHC Blog

  • Late April - Closing reception with HPAs, community partners, and guests



  • Scholarship of $200 each semester ($400 total)
  • Connections with community partners and UAB staff
  • Experience engaging with policy advocacy
  • Publication of policy brief/report and reflection blog piece

 Community Partners:

  • Expanded capacity for advocacy
  • Connections with students
  • Increased visibility as a partner of the LHC
  • Support for advocacy initiatives

Community Partners:

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are partnering with GASP. In future years, we will have multiple partners available and students can apply to work with whichever partner matches their interests. We are very excited to partner with GASP as we navigate the first year of this program!

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Applications open July 1 and close August 1. Staff from the Lister Hill Center and GASP will review the applications in early August. Depending on the number of applicants, we may hold interviews to make our selection. Selected students will be announced on August 17.

Questions? Contact Sean McMahon, LHC Program Manager, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..