Current 3L Pitt Law student Yajuan Lu has been selected as a David. A Winston Health Policy Fellow for 2012. Read her full story here.
Pitt Law student Yajuan Lu, candidate for her Juris Doctor this upcoming May, has recently been selected as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow for 2012. She is one of only three recipients nationally of this prestigious fellowship.
"I enjoy studying Health Law, and the Winston Fellowship is an important stepping stone toward my career goals. Looking back at the past three years, I am glad that I have followed a consistent path and taken advantage of the invaluable resources that Pitt Law offers. I especially value the knowledge and experience gained from the Health Law area of focus and the Semester in D.C. program, both of which enabled me to obtain real life experiences and build up tremendously rewarding connections. I cannot imagine accomplishing all that I have without the programming, support, and encouragement from Pitt Law’s faculty and staff."
No stranger to success, Lu has continuously excelled academically during her time with Pitt Law. A research proposal on migrant workers’ healthcare-seeking behaviors won her the Global Health Travel Scholarship – supported by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health – in 2010. She is also a recipient of the Pitt Law Alumni Association Scholarship, a competitive scholarship awarded to students who can show a strong academic record and demonstrate an ability to be ambassadors of Pitt Law as future alumni.
During her second year at Pitt Law, Lu conducted an internship with the Corporate Legal Department of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She then went on to then spend six months at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) headquartered in Washington, as part of her participation in Pitt Law’s Semester in D.C. program. She is currently a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, located in the Greater Washington D.C. area (APABA-DC).
As a David Winston Health Policy Fellow, Lu will spend 12-16 months post-graduation in Washington, D.C., with at least three of those months spent visiting various centers of current health policy development at the national level. During the final months of her fellowship, Lu will pursue a personal interest placement with the guidance of the Board of Trustees of the Winston Fellowship which is made up of key policy makers from the private and public sectors.
In the past, fellows have successfully assumed positions at the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Senate Budget Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, private corporations, and various law partnerships. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to learn about the political system through direct exposure to public and private sector roles in health policy development by giving Winston Fellows the advantage of the Board’s judgment and access, as well as an opportunity for personal initiative and exploration of a single issue.