Established in 2016 with an initial $6 million award from Atlantic Philanthropies and expanded last year with an additional $18 million from Atlantic, the program works to expose and deepen the knowledge of early- to mid-career health-sector professionals with the aim of helping them become more effective in building healthier, more equitable communities.
Based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the yearlong non-residential fellowship program identifies health-sector professionals with a commitment to health equity and leadership potential and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to reduce health disparities. Through the program, fellows acquire comprehensive knowledge of national and global health disparities through blended in-person and online learning; enhance their ability to address those disparities through exposure to experts and visits to programs and institutions pioneering innovative solutions; and receive personalized leadership training that emphasizes practical approaches to creating change. The fellowship is one of seven Atlantic Fellows programs aimed at advancing fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies around the globe.
This year's eighteen fellows include Adekemi Adeniyan (Dentoville Foundation, Nigeria); Anne Laux (Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, Brecksville, Ohio); Elliot Koranteng Tannor (School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi, Ghana); Hope E. Rhodes (Children's National Health System, Washington, D.C.); Lindsey Pollaczek (Fistula Foundation, San Francisco, California); and Razel Nikka Hao (Office of Undersecretary for Health, Department of Health, Philippines).
"This is an extraordinary class of fellows," said Fitzhugh Mullan, co-director of the fellowship program and a professor of health policy and management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health and GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "They are multidisciplinary leaders who will advance health workforce equity in their communities, institutions, neighborhoods, and countries. We are fortunate to have them working with us for the next year as they prepare to lead the struggle for health equity all over the world."
For a complete list of the 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, see the Atlantic Fellows website.