Our health equity work is about identifying and systematically addressing the root causes of unfair health outcomes, including oppression and lack of power.

Meet our 2017-2018 Fellows


About Health Equity Awakened: A Leadership Institute

Facing centuries of persistent racial health inequities, local health departments around the country are prioritizing work on the social determinants of health and health equity. As this emerging body of work gains momentum, we’ve committed to supporting leaders within local health departments to develop their individual, organizational, and systems level capacity to advance health equity and racial justice.

In 2014, we expanded our training and technical assistance efforts to more explicitly focus on advancing these strategies by launching a leadership development initiative now called Health Equity Awakened: A Leadership Institute (formerly the Public Health and Equity Cohort).

Advancing equity is not easy within highly structured government institutions — which have, at times, been part of the problem. Health Equity Awakened is about building an intentional learning community that positions emerging leaders to advance a more radical health equity practice.

Want to know more about this program? Contact Project Director Nashira Baril at nashira@humanimpact.org.

How It Works

Each year, we receive nominations for motivated, inspiring, and risk-taking emerging leaders from local health departments across the country who are poised to strategically tackle structural and institutional challenges to advancing health equity. Our Leadership Fellows join a robust national network of change agents, pushing the conversation on health equity and guiding the public health community.

The Institute is co-facilitated by a dynamic group of mentors and faculty who are established leaders in public health, leadership development, racial justice, and community organizing.

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the first cohort of health department leaders met between November 2014 and January 2015, exploring frameworks, developing projects, and deepening their analysis. Now, with funding from The California Endowment and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch another two cohorts, we’re underway with a new group of Leadership Fellows for 2017-2018.

We’ll be accepting nominations for the third year of the Institute in early 2018.


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