Application Now Open for the Bernstein Fellows Class of 2017-2019!

The Bernstein Fellows program is now looking for applicants for the Bernstein Fellows class of 2017-2019. To apply, click here.

What is the Bernstein Fellows program?

The Bernstein Fellows program commemorates the life and career of James D. Bernstein, North Carolina’s rural health pioneer who led the efforts for community-driven care of low- and moderate- income, isolated, and underserved populations for more than 30 years.

Who should apply?

Fellowships are awarded to up-and-coming health professionals from a variety of disciplines (primary care, pharmacy, behavioral health, oral health, social work, etc.).

Applicants should:

  • Work in an administrative or clinical capacity in a rural and/or underserved community in North Carolina or work with an organization that focuses on rural and/or underserved communities
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to remaining in North Carolina
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to underserved populations and community-driven health care
  • Demonstrate leadership potential (such as, being a self-starter, resourceful, industrious, motivated, mature, resilient, a good communicator, problem-solver, and team player)
  • Be sensitive to cultural diversity among client populations in health care settings and programs, and
  • Hold realistic expectations about working in rural or underserved communities and with vulnerable populations

What does the fellowship involve?

Fellowships are awarded for two-year period (October 2017-October 2019) and are comprised of an educational component and and individual project centered on the core elements of leadership, rural life, NC health sector, and partnerships. Fellows will be expected to spend 10-12 percent of their work time on fellowship activities and will receive up to $3,000 in support of the developing his/her project.

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Other Questions?

Contact Rachel Presslein:
919.821.0485 ext. 221


ZulaykaWe are thrilled to announce that Zulayka Santiago, Director of the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, was recently selected as an inaugural fellow for the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship program. The fellowship, offered by George Washington University’s Health Workforce Institute, honors health sector professionals with a commitment to health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. Zulayka was selected as one of 16 fellows from a competitive group of applicants from all over the United States and other countries.

The year-long program will begin in January, and is designed to provide fellows with the necessary skills and experience to identify disparities, combat inequities, strengthen individual leadership, and build a network of like-minded leaders from a wide array of institutions. In addition to online meetings and training, fellows will convene in-person a total of three times, with initial and final meetings in Washington D.C., and a mid-year convening in Rwin Kwavu, Rwanda.

With a career and passion centered around oral health, Zulayka will focus her fellowship on exploring health workforce options to increase access to oral health care and reduce oral health disparities.

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For more information about the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship program, click here.