The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity develops global leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and courage to build more equitable organizations and communities. 

Health equity is both a foundational and elusive concept. It is foundational because it speaks to the idea of fairness for individuals and populations in realizing the benefits of public health and health care. It is elusive because advantaged populations receive more and better public health and health care, while less advantaged groups receive less – and live shorter lives, as a result.

Fellows seek to bridge the health equity gap and realize better health outcomes for all.  



"The experience of site visits both in the U.S. and in Rwanda was invaluable as a means of helping me connect theoretical principles to actual health equity programs in action."

- Scott Nass, Director of Inpatient Education, Family Medicine Residency Program at Citrus Valley Health Partners

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, based at George Washington University's Health Workforce Institute in Washington, D.C., selects Fellows from the United States and the world based on a demonstrated prior commitment to health equity and leadership potential. 

Fellows participate in a blend of in-person and online learning to build comprehensive knowledge of national and international health disparities, and to enhance fellows' capability to address these disparities.

  • 20 US and global fellows per year
  • 12-month non-residential program with 4 in-person convenings totaling a 5 week commitment 
  • 12-16 hours per month to participate in online curriculum that includes 1) biweekly online classes, 2) individualized coaching, and 3) mentoring.
  • Opportunities for continued community, collaboration and access to resources to support Fellows and their work

Program staff based at George Washington University Health Workforce Institute.


How do I articulate such an overwhelming and amazing learning experience? This fellowship has supported the exploration of health equity concepts from so many different perspectives, which I have been able to use to enrich programs that I am developing to address inequities in nursing education through mentorship and addressing individual level social determinants of health.
— Brigit Carter, Duke University School of Nursing, 2017 Fellow



Banner photo: Carolyn Ramirez