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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 trains and provides ongoing learning opportunities, strategic guidance, and technical support to leaders from communities of color and other marginalized communities. Participants 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.

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.

Interested in Participating in a Future Health Equity in System Transformation Academy?

Watch this site for application announcements. You can also sign up for the Health Equity Action for Transformation (HEAT) here to be notified of future health equity training opportunities.

First Class of Fellows Graduates from the National Academy for Health Equity in System Transformation

Leaders from across the country were selected through a competitive process to become the first Academy Fellows. Thanks to the generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, these leaders came together in November 2019 to learn from top national experts and fellow advocates and strategize on how to dismantle health care system inequities. This cohort will continue sharing ongoing lessons from their advocacy.

View the list of Academy Fellows