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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 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 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.

The AHEAD initiative is a collaborative effort with programs in the SMPH associated with the ICTR currently recruiting post-doctoral or junior faculty scholars with a focus on health disparities/health equity research including the T32 Health Disparities Research Scholars Program; the Primary Care Research Fellowship; the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program; and other health equity related Fellowships on the UW campus

AHEAD is an infrastructure to provide Scholars in these programs a critical mass for collaborative activities.

Learn about the AHEAD Pilot Program below.


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.

BEAM Faculty members went through training in 2019 and the initial mentor/mentee kick off in September 2019 involved 33 entering med students and 16 faculty mentors. Learn more about BEAM on the UW SMPH Intranet.

AHEAD Pilot Program & HELI News

AHEAD Pilot Funding

The AHEAD Research Pilot Award Program awards grants to junior scholars to advance their health equity research.

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.