Today, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the placements for the 2021-2022 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows, including bicameral and bipartisan placements in offices with robust health portfolios:

Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Placement:  House Energy and Commerce Committee (Republican)

Brenda J. Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Placement:  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Angela K. Perone, PhD, JD, MSW, MA
Founding Executive Director, SAGE Metro Detroit
Placement:  Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Ann Marie Sheehy, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Placement:  Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Brian Williams, MD
Professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine
Placement:  Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Charlton Wilson, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Care
Placement:  House Energy and Commerce Committee (Democrat)


“We are confident that these placements will provide a solid policy experience to develop the skills necessary to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life,” said Gregg Margolis, director of the NAM’s Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs. “While it has been a challenging year, we are grateful for an amazing cohort. They showed resilience, commitment, and good humor throughout their orientation. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the need to improve our health systems has never been greater.”

 The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C.  Since 1973, this nonpartisan fellowship has offered exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital.  Over 290 fellows from across the nation have worked hand in hand with the best and brightest in federal health policy to gain an insider’s perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime.  As chancellors and deans at major academic institutions; presidents of professional societies and voluntary health organizations; leaders in local, state and federal government; and experts at think tanks and advocacy groups, fellows transform the nation’s health care policy and practice.  For more information, visit

For more than 45 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. RWJF is working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.  For more information, visit  Follow the foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond.  It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community.  Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors.  The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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