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Applications open for the 2024-2025 Families USA Health Equity Academy In System Transformation DEADLINE 6/17/2024

Posted 30 days ago by Paola Gonzalez in Announcements

Are you a health care provider who champions health equity in your community?

Families USA’s Health Equity Academy in System Transformation is a developmental opportunity to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and network needed to become a powerful advocate for equitable system transformation.

Our goal is to equip health care providers with the essential skills to advance health equity policy in their states and communities. Through comprehensive training, we aim to empower fellows to leverage their career and provider experience to amplify the voices and experiences of patients, particularly those from historically marginalized communities. Additionally, we seek to foster a deep understanding of how health care intersects with various social drivers of health, facilitating more holistic approaches to advocacy and patient care.

This 10-month fellowship is unpaid and primarily virtual, with a 3-day in-person (funded) conference opportunity in Washington DC on January 21-24, 2025. 

Who is eligible:  

  • Health care providers:
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Community Health Workers, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Doulas, Midwives, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Orthodontists, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Therapists, and Students who have completed at least one year of schooling/training.  
  • Practicing in medically underserved areas (Health Professional Shortage Area designation). 
  • Preference for primary care providers, or those who serve as a frequent touchpoint for their patients to the health care system. 
  • Who are interested in advancing their skills and experience advocating for health equity policy in their states and communities 
  • Who are committed to anti-racism and uplifting the lived experiences of historically marginalized communities 
  • Can commit to participating in monthly virtual meetings (July 2024 through May 2025) and attend Families USA’s Health Action Conference on January 21-24, 2025 
  • Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET. 
  • Accepted participants will receive a stipend to attend Families USA’s Health Action Conference. 

What the Fellowship Offers:

  • Skill Development: Gain practical skills and strategies for effective health equity advocacy, policy analysis, and community engagement.
  • Advocacy Agenda Development: Learn to leverage your personal and provider expertise to advocate for equitable health care policies and practices.
  • Patient Voice Amplification: Develop the tools to uplift the voices and experiences of patients, especially those facing systemic barriers to care.
  • Holistic Learning: Deepen your understanding of how health care intersects with social drivers such as race, socioeconomic status, and access to resources to develop a more holistic understanding of health outside of the clinic.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow providers and advocacy organizations to expand your network and collaboration opportunities.
  • Technical Assistance: Receive guidance and support from experienced policy advocates dedicated to supporting your growth as a health equity advocate.

Applications have been extended to 6/17/2024 at 11:59 PM. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to Emma Green (egreen@familiesusa.org) with the Subject Line “2024-2025 Health Equity Academy”

Applications now open for 2024-2025