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The Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health invites nonprofit organization leaders to join our next cohort of the Nonprofit State Policy Fellows program through a competitive application process.

The aim of the Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health’s Nonprofit State Policy Fellows program is to assist backbone organizations in developing a foundation for regulatory and statutory policy change to close gaps in maternal mental health in their states.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Cohort are now open.

Applications will be accepted through May 30, 2024.

Applicants will be notified of their application status the week of June 3rd.

The 2024-2025 cohort will begin in July 2024.

The program is open to leaders with a formal position with a nonprofit backbone organization. Each organization must have two Fellows (from the same agency) participating in the program. Both applicants should individually complete the application, naming their co-applicant where directed. A letter of support from Department leadership is required (only one letter is needed per applying nonprofit organization).

This program is made possible through a grant from:

What our Nonprofit State Policy Fellows Learn:

  • An overview of the State Legislative Process
  • State Budget as a Policy
  • Creating Individual Calls to Action & Organization Sign on Letters
  • Social Media Advocacy
  • Communicating Effectively with Policymakers and Staff
  • Administrative Advocacy: Working with State Agency Leaders
  • Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Addressing Racial Disparities through Policy
At the Conclusion of the 12 Month Program

At the end of the program Fellows will have developed an action plan presented to their peers and leadership. Fellows will continue to receive support through the group listserv.

Time Commitment

Participants are expected to attend 90 minute -long monthly meetings and spend roughly 1-2 hours outside of monthly meetings reviewing materials, engaging in the online community, and meeting with others they identify as important in their state/county, and developing their action plan.