The George Washington University’s (GW) Health Workforce Institute, which is based at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), has announced the names of the 16 professionals selected as its 2018 fellows in its year-long Leaders for Health Equity (LHE) Fellowship program. The program honors health sector professionals with a commitment to health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s fellows, the second class in the program, were selected from a competitive group of applicants from all over the United States and other countries.
“We are delighted with the experience, diversity, and mission commitment of this class of LHE Fellows,” says Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, the co-director of the LHE program and Professor of Health Policy and Management at GW’s Milken Institute SPH. “They have great promise to make health systems not only better but fairer during their year as Fellows and long into their careers. They are multidisciplinary leaders who will advance health workforce equity in their communities, institutions, neighborhoods, and countries.”
The LHE fellowship is part of a broader network of programs at the GW Health Workforce Institute funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to promote health equity by identifying, connecting, and preparing leaders, and to promote social mission in health professions education and practice. The five-year project will train health-related professionals in the basics of health equity so that they are well-versed in strategies that can be deployed to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations.
In addition to fellows based in the United States, the cohort includes health professionals from Ethiopia, India, Sierra Leone, Argentina and the Philippines “We are excited about this extraordinary group of fellows and the continued development of a network of leaders in health equity” says Guenevere Burke, MD, Co-Director of the LHE and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management and Emergency Medicine at GW. The cohort includes leaders with expertise in law, economics, medicine, dentistry, and nursing.