GW Health Workforce Institute Announces Inaugural Leaders for Health Equity Fellows

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 16, 2016) – The George Washington University’s (GW) Health Workforce Institute, which is based at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) announces the inaugural fellows of the 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. The fellows, the first cohort in the program, were selected from a competitive group of applicants from all over the United States and other countries.

“We are thrilled to announce the first group of fellows,” says Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, the Co-Director of the GW Health Workforce Institute and Professor of Health Policy and Management at GW’s Milken Institute SPH. “They are the first of many multidisciplinary leaders that we hope to link together to 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 physicians, nurses and other 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 inaugural cohort includes health professionals from Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Brazil, and the Philippines “We are proud of the diversity of the inaugural fellows,” says Guenevere Burke, MD, Co-Director of the LHE and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The cohort includes leaders with expertise in economics, law, social work, and data science in addition to oral health, medicine, and nursing.

The following 16 professionals are the 2017 Leaders for Health Equity Fellows:

2017 LHE Fellows

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Mary Ajwang
Save the Mothers, Global Health Corps
Kampala, UGANDA

Sarah Battistich
Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program

Abebe Bekele
Addis Ababa University School of Medicine
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Joedrecka Brown Speights
Florida State University College of Medicine
Tallahassee, FL

Brigit Carter
Duke University School of Nursing
Durham, NC

Yvonne Chow
Health Resources and Services Administration
Washington, DC

Kenneth Jones
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC

Thomas Merrill
Martin's Point Health Care
Portland, ME

Scott Nass
Eisenhower Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
Rancho Mirage, CA

Toyese Oyeyemi
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM

Maria Portela Martinez
Health Resources Services Administration
Washington, DC

Caroline Mae Ramirez
Ateneo Center for Health Evidence, Action and Leadership

Neha Raykar
Public Health Foundation of India
Gurgaon, INDIA

Zulayka Santiago
Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation
Cary, NC

Sara Selig
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Carla Ventura
University of São Paulo College of Nursing
São Paulo, BRAZIL