Researchers at the George Washington University’s (GW) Health Workforce Institute recently announced a $5.5 million award from The Atlantic Philanthropies to promote health workforce equity by identifying, connecting and preparing leaders in the field to advance social mission in health professions education. The five-year project will also enable GW to augment its pipeline development programs for underserved students interested in health careers in the District of Columbia and surrounding area.
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Atlantic’s support will enable three initiatives to advance the Institute’s health equity efforts:
- Educating Leaders—GW’s Health Workforce Institute team will design and implement an annual, year-long Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship program. The program will build and support a linked group of 75 global multidisciplinary leaders equipped with the technical knowledge, skills and network to advance health workforce equity in their communities, institutions, and professional circles.
- Building Pipelines—The GW Health Workforce Institute team and GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion will develop and augment pipeline programs for disadvantaged youth in the Washington, DC area who are interested in learning about health care, health equity and careers in the health sciences. The initiative will involve GW medical, public health and nursing students as mentors and coaches working with students from DC-area high schools.
- Fostering Networks—The GW team will collaborate with the Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) in developing a national network of organizations dedicated to transformative change in health professions education around the principle of social mission. This work will include the creation of an ongoing professional network to spur collaborative thinking, information sharing and advocacy among organizations that train health professionals.
Read more about the project.