Program Details and Eligibility

The application period for the Class of 2015 is now closed.

Program Details

The Health Leadership Fellows Program runs from September through June. We foster a learning-intensive environment for our leaders to challenge themselves and each other as we learn together through practice.

Here’s what you can expect from us and the program:

  • A common framework for health equity. In the program, you’ll develop a clear understanding of health equity and how we can expand it through healthcare reform.
  • An understanding of the definition and impact of a systems-change approach. Our theory of change is that to tackle an issue effectively, we need to focus on the systems that create inequities. In the program you’ll learn how to identify leverage points for change.
  • The skills to communicate effectively and persuasively about health equity with any audience. Achieving health equity for people of color in Connecticut requires the ability to talk with people across the spectrum on this issue. You’ll develop communication strategies for success.
  • How to create influence and impact. The secret about influence is that it takes time to build. The payoff? Greater impact with your communications and efforts.

The program consists of mandatory monthly, half-day seminars, two weekend retreats; the completion of a group leadership project, implementation of the learning between sessions, and outside coursework. Participants who complete the program become “Health Leadership Fellows” at the June commencement ceremony.


Expanding health equity for people of color requires ongoing, focused efforts. Our single strongest requirement for our candidates is a demonstrated commitment to achieving health equity in the state of Connecticut. Our program is targeted towards individuals from all career paths who want to have an impact on this important issue, and have access to professional and community-based opportunities to implement change.

Our second strongest requirement is a willingness to be challenged on a very personal level as you and your classmates discuss racial issues in a learning environment. To do so, you’ll need an ability to align with and influence others, strong critical thinking skills, and a desire for ongoing learning.

If you anticipate possible schedule conflicts during the year, please consider applying in the following year. Attendance at all monthly, half-day seminars, and weekend retreats, is mandatory.

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