Advance the Field by Volunteering


There are several professional development opportunities available with AcademyHealth. From presenting at conferences, participating in the interest groups to other hands-on approaches. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to collaborate and learn from your peers in the field who are located nationwide. Take a moment to sign up as a volunteer. You will be added to the notification list and be the first one to find out each time an opportunity is available:

  • Abstract/Presentation Reviewer
  • Award Selection Committee Member
  • Meet-the-Experts Student Breakfast (Mentor Opportunity)
  • Interest Group Advisory Committee

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Abstract/Presentation Reviewer


Enhance your career and help design and shape the programs for the health services research and health policy fields. AcademyHealth hosts notable events throughout the year. By reviewing abstracts submitted through the Call for Abstracts/Presentations, you get a first-hand look at the premier educational sessions that will be featured at our conferences. Additionally, it is a great opportunity to expand your network and learn more about the research your peers are conducting.

We provide opportunities to review submissions for several of our conferences. Sign up below to get added to our list each time we send out a ‘Call for Reviewers’ notification, which allows you to receive more information and directly sign up for the theme/conference that you are most interested in participating.

  • Annual Research Meeting
  • Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
  • Health Datapalooza
  • National Health Policy Conference

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Award Selection Committee Member


AcademyHealth's awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy. Volunteer to serve on an award selection committee and review AcademyHealth award nominations.

  • Alice S. Hersh Emerging Leader Award
  • Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship
  • Distinguished Career Award
  • HSR Impact Award
  • Publication of-the-Year Award
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Student Poster Award

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Meet-the-Experts Student Breakfast


AcademyHealth hosts a Meet-the-Experts Breakfast each year during the National Health Policy Conference and the Annual Research Meeting to provide growth opportunities for students and give them visibility into the various components of the health services research and health policy field. We are looking for “experts” who represent the diverse aspects of the field to provide mentoring during a 1-hour breakfast. Previous experts have had workplace settings including academia, government, association/non-profit, corporate, consulting, and more. This is your opportunity to sign up to give back to the field and promote your organization/career track during a one-hour breakfast.

  • Serve as an “Expert” during the Annual Research Meeting
  • Serve as an “Expert” during the National Health Policy Conference

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Interest Group Advisory Committee


Each Interest Group (IG) is led by a group of volunteers (the advisory committee). The IG’s advisory committee facilitates IG member engagement and plans events throughout the year. AcademyHealth has 19 IGs representing important topics in health services research and health policy. Advisory committee members are selected for each of these IGs through a call for nominations process. New advisory committee members are selected in late summer and their term begins in September. By selecting this volunteer opportunity, you will be notified the next time the nominations are open (June of each year).

Advocacy Interest Group Learning Health System Interest Group
Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group
Child Health Services Research Interest Group Oral Health Interest Group
Disability Research Interest Group Public Health Systems Research Interest Group
Disparities Interest Group Quality and Value Interest Group
Global Health and Health Care Interest Group State Health Research and Policy Interest Group
Health Economics Interest Group Surgical and Perioperative Care Interest Group
Health Information Technology Interest Group Translation and Communications Interest Group
Health Workforce Interest Group Women and Gender Health Interest Group
Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues  

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