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NAAOP Announces 2023 Breece Fellowship on Public Policy and Advocacy


ATTENTION ALL O&P CONSUMERS:  The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) is soliciting applications for its annual orthotic and prosthetic policy/advocacy fellowship, known as the George and Dena Breece Fellowship (“Breece Fellowship”). The deadline for submitting an application for this fellowship is Tuesday, February 28, 2023, by 12:00 Midnight, Eastern Time.

NAAOP is a national nonprofit association advocating for consumers/patients requiring orthotic and prosthetic care, as well as the providers who serve them. The Breece Fellowship is a paid, 10-week summer program based in Washington, D.C. The fellow will learn about orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) policy, advocacy, and how NAAOP and other O&P organizations function on behalf of the O&P community and within the broader rehabilitation and disability policy and advocacy environment at the federal and state levels. The fellowship also includes exposure to O&P clinical and business settings, and state-based public policy and advocacy.

One or two fellows will be selected for the summer of 2023 through a competitive process using the application on the www.naaop.org website. Finalists will be interviewed via videoconference by an NAAOP Selection Committee. If the finalist(s) selected cannot accept the fellowship for any reason, the next highest ranked fellow will be offered the position.

Selection Criteria: All applicants must:

  • Personally use a custom fabricated orthosis or prosthesis;
  • Have an interest in public/health policy and advocacy;
  • Demonstrate an interest in advancing O&P care;
  • Have excellent writing, speaking, and analytical skills (see application for additional factors).

NAAOP fellows each receive a stipend of $500 per week for a ten-week period, although the fellow will have paid time off during Independence Day week. NAAOP will provide the fellows with an office, phone, and computer in its DC offices at NAAOP’s counsel, the Powers Law Firm, 1501 M Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. NAAOP will assist the fellows in exploring summer housing options with area colleges or other settings for those with no other housing options. NAAOP will provide a stipend to help defray housing costs if needed.

The NAAOP fellows will shadow NAAOP’s General Counsel, Peter W. Thomas, who will assign and oversee the fellows’ health policy and advocacy work. This work will focus on O&P policy but also include exposure to the broader rehabilitation and disability policy environment. Other O&P organizations may host the fellows to understand their respective role and contribution to the O&P field’s policy framework. The fellows will also be exposed to policy and advocacy speakers, attendance at Congressional hearings, participation in coalition and “think tank” meetings/presentations throughout Washington, and meetings with advocacy organizations in the broader rehabilitation and disability field.

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 12:00 Midnight, Eastern Time. Applications must be submitted electronically to fellowship@naaop.org.

Fellowship Selection Announcement: March 24, 2023

Fellowship Term: 10-weeks (late May to early August 2023)

Peter W. Thomas,
General Counsel