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Building a Heath Equity Workforce

CCHE Mentorship & Professional Development

The imbalance in the makeup of the US health care workforce contributes to persistent CCHE get involved buttondisparities 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 ADEPT Program supports historically underrepresented students interested in pursuing a PhD in health sciences part-time, while they continue to work. ADEPT is committed to assisting the student’s successful transition to graduate school by providing individualized support and a yearly $18,000 scholarship for up to two years. Students will be part of a cohort of learners that include those who are part of the AHEAD and STRIDE programs.

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Apply now for Spring 2023 enrollment.


The BEAM program is a collaboration of SMPH Academic Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and CCHE via Dr. Angela Byars-Winston. BEAM matches underrepresented racial/ethnic (UR) faculty and UR students for a year-long program designed to enhance the medical school experience for individuals of color and other marginalized identities. The primary goal is to support talent development in first year medical students by building self-efficacy for degree completion and cultural navigation skills.

The January 2022 BEAM kick off included 29 new M1 and M2 students and 18 Faculty mentors!

Learn more about BEAM on the UW SMPH Intranet.

The AHEAD Program offered through CCHE provides a leadership and mentoring curriculum to support professional success supplementing scholars’ existing programs and activities for UW-Madison post-doctoral scholars who are conducting health disparities/health equity research.

The program is open to postdoctoral students from any department or unit across the campus or from programs including the Primary Care Research Fellowship.

AHEAD scholars are also eligible to submit applications for a $10,000 pilot award to advance their health equity research.  The AHEAD Pilot Award RFA is posted annually on the Funding Opportunities page.

Stephanie Budge is the CCHE Faculty Director of AHEAD. For questions, please email ccheworkforce@ictr.wisc.edu.

The annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is a weeklong research and leadership immersion program focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly underrepresented racial/ethnic (UR) 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.

We are using the pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to consider next steps after 10 years of the HELI program. Stay tuned for more.

Just Research is a NEW program for researchers and research staff to learn skills to promote diversity in study participation and research equity. Created from our decade of experience with community engagement, inclusive research practices, and the Building Trust initiative, Just Research is an ICTR-sponsored partnership between CCHE and the Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCE).

Just Research workshops cover topics such as the role of bias in research engagement; perspectives in community engagement; and effective communication through interactive exercises, skill practice, and discussion.

Please email justresearch@ictr.wisc.edu with questions about the program and its training workshops.


The STRIDE Program is a year-long career development program for UW-Madison early career faculty and scientists who are underrepresented in health sciences. It consists of monthly seminars/meetings, mentorship, networking and course work in grant writing, and manuscript writing. Scholars work with a near-peer mentor (Olayinka Shiyanbola) who can lend firsthand insight, advice, and support. Scholars also meet quarterly with a NRMN-trained mentor (Chris Sorkness) to review career development milestones, successes, and opportunities. This program was previously known as Building Up.

Building Up is the name of the intervention designed by Doris Rubio, Univ. of Pittsburgh, as part of her NRMN U01 funded trial. The intervention was piloted at UW-Madison and locally adapted into the STRIDE Program.