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Building a Heath Equity Workforce

CCHE Leadership Development

The imbalance in the makeup of the US health care workforce contributes to persistent disparities in health for significant segments of our nation’s population.  In an effort to enhance the racial/ethnic diversity of the workforce, our training and education programs reflect a relationship-centered approach: we recognize and value how cultural and personal identities, perceptions, feelings and experiences matter to clinical interactions, scholar mentoring, research recruitment efforts and community engagement strategies. The CCHE portfolio of programs is intended to grow the future leaders in health equity, starting with our most junior to post-doctoral scholars, faculty and staff!

Key Programs

The annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is a weeklong research and leadership immersion program focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities research to achieve health equity. HELI reflects an important academic consortium between CCHE and the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. HELI targets junior faculty in an effort to increase the likelihood of their promotion and tenure at health science research institutions.

We’ve published on our HELI model in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

Next HELI Dates: June 25 & 26, 2020

The AHEAD initiative is a collaborative effort with three programs associated with the ICTR currently recruiting post-doctoral or junior faculty scholars with a focus on health disparities/health equity research:

1) Centennial Scholars Program in the UW SMPH;
2) T32 Health Disparities Research Scholars Program; and
3) Primary Care Research Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine.

Across these programs, scholars are trained to use Type 1 and Type 2 translational research approaches for investigation of health disparities/health equity. Many of the scholars in these programs are also from underrepresented minority groups. AHEAD is an infrastructure to provide Scholars in these programs a critical mass for collaborative activities.

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Pilot Funding

The AHEAD Research Pilot Award Program awards $10,000 grants to junior scholars to advance their health equity research.  Further information is available on the ICTR Career Development Awards page.

The AHEAD Pilot RFA is posted annually on the ICTR Career Development Awards page.

Stephanie Budge is the CCHE Faculty Director of AHEAD. Caitlin Scott is the AHEAD Pilot Grants Administrator. Please contact Caitlin with any questions at cscott8@wisc.edu.