The George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), announced on August 2 that its Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship program has officially joined the global community of Atlantic Fellows. The program will now be known as the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity.
Established in 2016 through an initial $6 million award from The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity trains early-mid career health sector professionals in areas such as the social determinants of health, health disparities, and community organizing with the goal of making them more effective leaders in constructing fairer and healthier communities. The program focuses on the fundamentals of health equity and proven strategies to reduce health disparities.
The GW Health Workforce Institute has received an additional $18 million from The Atlantic Philanthropies to expand its fellowship program and operate it through 2026. The Atlantic Philanthropies earmarked this grant in 2016 as one of its final commitments to support the Atlantic Fellows programs.
“We are excited by the connections and experiences that fellows have already had as a result of this program,” said Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, co-director of the GW Health Workforce Institute and professor of health policy and pediatrics at Milken Institute SPH and GW’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS). “With this support we anticipate training more leaders who will have the knowledge, skills and courage to tackle health disparities throughout the world.”
The yearlong Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program has successfully recruited two cohorts of fellows. Each class of fellows is composed of 15 early-mid career health sector workers from the United States and worldwide, including Uganda, the Philippines, Brazil, India, Argentina and Sierra Leone. The first two classes include health activists with expertise in law, economics, medicine, dentistry, and nursing as well as community organizing, data science, and public health management. In 2019, the cohort’s size will expand to 20 fellows per year.