More than a decade later, we continue to support advocacy efforts that advance health equity – both by ensuring that leaders understand the critical issues and elevating the voices of those most affected by inequities.
There are many community leaders who play a major role in people’s health, from religious leaders who people turn to for support during a health crisis to trusted neighbors who help their friends and relatives navigate the complicated care system. These are people on the front lines, who see firsthand the effects that policy choices have on people’s lives. It is our goal to help them gain the tools they need to play a role in shaping decisions about health issues that affect their communities.
We also work to ensure that the people most affected by health policy decisions have a seat at the tables where decisions are made – and that those with the power to make decisions have the tools they need to understand and advance health equity.
The foundation’s Academy for Health Equity Advocacy & Leadership equips leaders with knowledge of health policy, advocacy skills, and partnerships. This program built on the success of the foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows program, which has nearly 200 alumni who remain part of a strong network committed to ending racial and ethnic health disparities.
To learn more about our leadership work, the leaders, and the fellows, click here.