NAP Membership Categories

DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS

Distinguished Fellows shall require nomination by self or colleague; application, review and recommendation by the Academy of their profession; and a majority vote of the members of the NAP Council. Nominees shall be individuals who have an exemplary career of ten years or more, and are committed to interprofessional practice and accessible, affordable healthcare for all. Applicants are judged by distinguished peers to have made significant and enduring contributions in their profession. Election as a Distinguished Fellow shall be for life, upon annual payment of membership dues.

  • Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, FNAP
    Elected individuals who have spent a significant portion of their professional career in the practice and direct delivery of health care services.
     
  • Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, FNAP
    Elected individuals who have academic achievements such as significant and enduring educational and/or research contribution to practice.
     
  • Distinguished Public Policy Fellow, FNAP
    Elected individuals who have made a significant and enduring public policy contribution to healthcare practice.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
Healthcare professionals from the 14 NAP Academies who take interest in interdisciplinary healthcare issues and have 5 or more years of experience making contributions to their field. Professional Membership does require nomination by self or colleague, review or approval of the Academy. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Healthcare professionals from any field who take interest in interdisciplinary healthcare issues. Individuals may be practitioners or scholars with sufficient credentials to indicate promising careers in practice, education, research, or public policy. Associate membership does not require nomination, review or approval. Associate members do not receive the prized NAP medallions or certificates and do not enjoy the full benefits of distinguished fellowship.

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AFFILIATE MEMBERS
Elected individuals who are Distinguished Practitioners, Scholars, or Public Policy Fellows but are not citizens of the United States. Affiliate members who attain United States citizenship may advance to their appropriate category provided a membership opening exists in their Academy.

HONORARY FELLOWS
Individuals who are judged by their Academies and the Council to have made a significant and enduring non-professional contribution to healthcare practice. NAP Academies make nomination and recommendation for Honorary Fellowship.

Membership Status

Active Members of NAP are those who have paid annual membership dues and are therefore eligible to use the credential FNAP or SFNAP.

Inactive Members of NAP are those who have not paid annual membership dues and are no longer eligible to use the NAP credentials. Inactive members may renew their membership at any time, as long as a membership opening exists in their Academy.

Membership Distinction

NAP Distinguished Fellows may be awarded further distinction by review and recommendation by the Academy of their profession. There are currently two types of distinction that can be awarded to NAP Distinguished Fellows for extraordinary service to his or her profession and/or to NAP.

Carlton Horbelt Senior Fellowship
NAP Distinguished Fellows may apply for Senior Fellowship and shall submit information for review and recommendation by their Academy, and be awarded distinction by vote of the NAP Council.

Applicants for Senior Fellowship pay an application fee, and upon approval by Council, pay an annual membership dues premium. Upon payment of Senior Fellowship dues, their membership category is changed to:

  • Distinguished Practioner and Senior Fellow, SFNAP
  • Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow, SFNAP
  • Distinguished Public Policy Senior Fellow, SFNAP

Emeritus Fellows
NAP Distinguished Fellows may be nominated for Emeritus Fellowship by their NAP peers. To be eligible for nomination, an NAP Distinguished Fellow is

Retired from full practice in their profession;
Are disabled or reach or exceed the age of seventy (70);
Who have paid membership dues for at least the previous five (5) years; and
Who have participated in NAP leadership

The nominator must submit a letter of reference for review and recommendation by the Academy of the nominee’s profession. Upon approval by Council and payment of reduced membership dues, the nominee becomes:

  • Distinguished Practioner and Fellow-Emeritus, FNAP
  • Distinguished Scholar and Fellow-Emeritus, FNAP
  • Distinguished Public Policy Fellow-Emeritus, FNAP

Please note that NAP Distinguished Fellows awarded Emeritus status prior to 2013 continue to be Emeritus Fellows, and are not required to pay membership dues. We thank these members who continue to make voluntary donations to NAP!

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