Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellowship 2017-18

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The Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to apply their education and skills to contribute to and improve the quality of life of people living in the Pittsburgh region through a long-term experiential fellowship with a community partner that works in public policy, governance, community organizing and activism, or philanthropy. 

Three diverse and highly competitive graduate-level ACE Fellows from a wide-range of backgrounds will work as a team with a community partner to address a specific organizational, policy, or community issue while increasing their social responsibility, heightening their understanding of human diversity, and learning from their peers.

2017-2018 Community Partner

This year, we partnered with Adagio Health.

Project Deliverables 

The ACE Fellows worked with the Adagio Health for an experiential internship devoted to activities that advocate for the rights of patients and promote long-term systemic change. The following initiatives were included in their work:

  • Establishment of a Western Pennsylvania Women’s Healthcare Consortium
  • Targeted advocacy around Title X to work to ensure it remains intact
  • Incorporation of Public Health 3.0 into Adagio Health’s agenda
  • Strategic partnerships and coordinated advocacy campaigns with national, state and local organizations
  • Transforming Women’s Health, Driving Policy Change: Adagio Health’s inaugural women’s health policy symposium and networking event 

Project Mentor

Kathy Risko - Chief of External Affairs

When was this fellowship offered?

It's offered every academic year, and in 2017-18, the fellowship ran from January 2018 through June 30, 2018.

Meet the 2017-2018 ACE Fellows

Sarah Amanfu, PhD Candidate, Education
Helen Ann Lawless, Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health
Shannon Whitaker, Master of Public Health

Past ACE Placements