The 2021 Health Equity Fellowship is now accepting applications. This position is in partnership with The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).
NOTE: If you apply using the Handshake “Apply” button, we will contact you regarding next steps for the application. To be fully considered for the fellowship, all candidates must complete Lead For America’s external application on AirTable. To begin the fellowship application, follow this link.
Who We Are
A single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country.
From the COVID-19 crisis to intergenerational poverty and ecological devastation, the challenges facing our communities and nation are immense. And our communities and public institutions––the very things designed to confront these challenges, give every American a chance at a better life, and care for those who can’t care for themselves––are crumbling exactly when we need them most.
Lead For America’s Fellows program builds the leadership force we need to address these challenges at scale, to change the narrative of success and worth in our country, and to ensure that every child has a chance at a better life, no matter their neighborhood or family circumstances.
The program is a paid, two-year fellowship for dynamic and diverse leaders who return to their hometown communities and home states to work full-time alongside local public institutions implementing proven strategies to improve community wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a glaring and unfavorable light on existing disparities in health outcomes among our populations. The purpose of this fellowship will be to strengthen efforts to build healthy and resilient communities, with a particular emphasis on equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The fellow will support the public health system’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable populations with vaccines by engaging with partners, communities, and the public to develop and implement impactful strategies. Efforts applied to COVID-19 response will be assessed for applicability and applied to wider departmental efforts, particularly those that address communicable diseases.
The fellow will be immersed in a real-life public health challenge and be exposed to many sides of an issue (government, health, advocacy groups, community, etc.), and gain keen first-hand experience, and perspective of identified populations that differ from their own identity (race, religion, preference, age, gender, ability, etc.). In addition, the fellow will receive training and mentorship that will prepare them for future roles in public service and leadership.
Currently, this fellowship is only offered in our 8 partner states (listed below) and fellows would serve in the State Health Agency office for their home state.
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
The fellow will work alongside state health agency representatives to plan and implement programs to improve vaccination rates among the identified population(s). This may include but is not limited to researching best practices, developing strategy, writing plans and reports, communicating with partners and the public, convening engagement activities (such as listening sessions, forums, focus groups, town halls, etc.), providing training and presentations, and interfacing with the public and political and civic authorities. The fellow will contribute to collective evaluation and reports and will be expected to present final work to the membership of ASTHO and associated audiences (to be determined).
The fellowship is based on 4 components:
Project Scope: Fellows add capacity for their public institution to tackle a community-identified “grand challenge”. By working within public institutions they will gain access to and develop an understanding of the key roles that they can play in growing & sustaining a vibrant community.
Leadership Development + Support: Fellows participate in a summer Catalyst Institute where they learn alongside professionals, academics, and social sector leaders across a multitude of fields, and receive leadership development, equity, and character-building training. Administered in partnership with Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Minnesota, past Catalyst Institute have included over 60 speakers from all over the country, including Brookings Institution Centennial Scholar Bruce Katz, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen, and the nationally renowned Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick. Fellows also engage in ongoing training, mentorship, support, and retreats throughout their two years of service.
Listening Tour + Community Venture: Fellows conduct a Listening Tour of their community to identify areas where their unique talents and passions can serve greater community needs and inspire them to launch a Community Venture.
Multiplier Effect: Fellows will identify emerging opportunities for their communities and mobilize others, to seize them and invest in their communities alongside them. Fellows are expected to recruit an additional 5-10 young leaders to return, move to, or become activated to serve in their home community.
First Round Deadline: June 15th
Finalist Interviews: June 16th-23rd
Endorsed Finalist Selection: July 2nd
-Be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident.
-If in college, be on track to earn an undergraduate degree by June 2021, and if graduated, have earned an undergraduate degree in 2012 or later (this may include an associate degree).
-Be able to make a full-time commitment (the fellowship is a full-time job).
Learn More & Contact Us
To learn more about the fellowship program or LFA, please see here.
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