Health Equity Academy in System Transformation

Federal and state governments, providers, health care industry leaders, and other stakeholders are making critical decisions about how health care is organized, delivered, and paid for to transform our health care system into one that provides higher value and quality care at lower cost, with the goal of improving our nation’s health. However, input from the people who these systems purport to serve—particularly communities of color and other underserved communities—is missing from the decisions that impact health care payment and delivery. 

Families USA is at the forefront of a movement to build and train a corps of health equity advocates who can effectively participate in discussions and decision-making about payment and delivery reform. We are launching the Health Equity Academy in System Transformation to ensure the needs and priorities of communities are included in policy making efforts. 

Health Equity Academy in System Transformation

The Health Equity Academy in System Transformation will train and provide ongoing learning opportunities, strategic guidance, and technical support to leaders from communities of color and other marginalized communities. Participants will gain formidable subject matter and advocacy skills to help them become stronger advocates for transforming our health care system to serve health equity at the local, state, and national levels. The Academy will hold annual national in-person trainings, convene regional trainings in collaboration with key partners, develop and support an ongoing learning community, and create and disseminate resources to help ensure community voices are included in health system transformation.

The Inaugural National Training of the Academy for Health Equity in System Transformation will be held November 12-13th, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The inaugural training is a skills and knowledge based training for twelve to fifteen diverse leaders from across the country who will be selected through a competitive process to become Academy Fellows. These leaders will come together to learn from top national experts and fellow advocates to strategize on how to dismantle health care system inequities. Thanks to the generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the cost of the inaugural training, as well as lodging and transportation, will be covered for Fellows.

What Will You Learn?

During the in-person training, Academy fellows will engage in:

  • Intensive, in-depth subject matter training from national experts in health equity policy, health care policy, and payment and delivery system transformation policy.
  • Training on a suite of concrete policy advocacy skills and strategies, including communications and media.
  • The opportunity to connect with other like-minded advocates from across the country with shared goals.

In addition, Fellows will have access to post-training opportunities, including:

  • Continuing engagement with their cohort of Fellows, as well as future cohorts and experts, in a learning community.
  • Ongoing continuing education and training on critical health equity and system transformation issues through webinars and other means.
  • Preferential access to strategic guidance and technical assistance services through the Center on Health Equity Action for System Transformation.
Who Should Apply?
The Health Equity Academy in System Transformation National Training is designed for mid to upper level health equity and health care policy advocates from communities of color and other underserved communities who are eager to shift health care payment and delivery policies to reduce disparities and advance health equity. We are seeking proven leaders from non-profit service or advocacy organizations who are working to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities. If you are a go-getter who is impatient for change and is seeking to expand your skills and expertise to transform how health care works for your community(s), we encourage you to apply. Applicants must have a clear, demonstrated commitment to health equity, and a desire to leverage the health care system as a pathway to achieving it. Finally, applicants must have the organizational ability to implement the knowledge and skills they learn into concrete action and measurable impact.

To apply, review the application instructions below:

The selection process for the inaugural training is highly competitive. We want to get to know you, and this is your chance! Please fill out all required fields on the application so we can learn more about your commitment, expertise, leadership, and how you will translate your Academy training into an actionable plan with measurable impact. You can preview the application here. 

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2019. Decisions will be made by September 3, 2019.

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If you have any questions about the application process or the application itself, please reach out to Raven Gomez at