An Initiative of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

About Fellows

About Fellows

About the Fellowship

The Care Connect Consumer and Family Fellowship is a 9-month leadership and professional development experience. The Fellowship is designed for consumers and family members who have something to share of their own experience, and want to give back to their community by effecting positive change on the Alameda County Health Care system. Fellows are health care and social service Medi-Cal consumers who receive care from multiple systems within Alameda County such as public health, housing, behavioral health, etc., and family members.

Learning Experience

Through workshops and cohort retreats, fellows will develop the skills needed to contribute as direct experience experts on a variety of Care Connect and partner agency projects for 10-12 hours per month. The fellowship also aims to build fellows’ skills and leadership readiness for the social and human services workforce. Workshops will include health literacy, advocacy and organizing, public speaking and Culturally Affirmative health and human service delivery.

Benefit to Fellows

Fellows will benefit from peer support, mentoring, broadening of their knowledge and skills, and an opportunity to grow professionally. Fellows will qualify for a stipend based on their participation.

Benefit to Care Connect

Care Connect and partner agencies will have better access to direct service expertise and be able to use fellow insights to improve the consumer and family experience of care. Care Connect will have more information about the ways that it can support genuine partnership with consumers and family members.



What is the fellowship?

The fellowship is made up of peers (called “fellows”) who come together to get free professional development. It prepares fellows to partner on projects and to enter the workforce.


How long does the fellowship last?

The fellowship lasts for 9 months . Fellows take part in free monthly workshops and work on projects for 10-12 hours each month.


Are fellows paid?

Fellows who participate in the minimum number of hours each month receive a stipend for their service.


Who can take part?

The fellowship is open to people who:

  • Live in Alameda County.
  • Have Medi-Cal – or – have a family member who does.
  • Use at least 2 county health or social services – or – have a family member who does.
  • Can dedicate 10-12 hours per month for 9 months.