GW Health Workforce Institute Announces 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity

The George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), announces the 2019 fellows of the year-long Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program. The program honors health sector professionals with a commitment to health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s fellows, the third class in the program, were selected from a competitive group of applicants from the United States and around the world.

“This is an extraordinary class of fellows,” said Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, co-director of the fellowship program and a professor of health policy and management, and pediatrics at Milken Institute SPH and GW’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS). “They are multidisciplinary leaders who will advance health workforce equity in their communities, institutions, neighborhoods, and countries. We are fortunate to have them working with us for the next year as they prepare to lead the struggle for health equity all over the world.”

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity is part of a broader network of programs at the GW Health Workforce Institute funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. The programs promote health equity by identifying, connecting, and preparing leaders, and promote social mission in health professions education and practice. The 10-year project will train health sector leaders in strategies that can be deployed to reduce health disparities. The fellowship is also one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies across the globe. The international community of Atlantic Fellows will grow to thousands over the next two decades and beyond.

In addition to fellows based in the United States, the cohort includes health professionals from Nigeria, Iraq, Ghana, India, and the Philippines.

“Each fellow is tackling a health challenge regarded by many others as impossible. The program provides a rare opportunity for these remarkable leaders to share and develop innovative solutions across continents and content areas,” said Guenevere Burke, MD, co-director of the program and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at SMHS.

The cohort includes leaders with expertise in mental health, social work, art, public health, health policy, medicine, dentistry, and nursing. The following 18 professionals are the 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity:

2019 Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity

ADEKEMI ADENIYAN
Dentoville Foundation
Nigeria

ADRIAN BILLINGS
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Alpine, TX

ALAQ KHALID AL-MUWALI
International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
Iraq

ANNE LAUX
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Brecksville, OH

ARTANESHA JACKSON
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Oakland, CA

BRANDI PAYTON
Cooweescoowee Health Center
Owasso, OK

DANIELLE WOODHOUSE JOHNSON
FHI 360
Woodbridge, VA

ELIZA SQUIBB
GAIA Vaccine Foundation
Providence, RI

ELLIOT KORANTENG TANNOR
School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi Ghana
Ghana

ESNATT GONDWE
Emmanuel International
Ghana

ESPERANZA FELICIDAD CANTÚ
City of Detroit Health Department
Detroit, MI

HOPE E. RHODES
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC

IFEANYI NSOFOR
Nigeria Health Watch
Nigeria

JES MILBERG-HAYDU
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, NY

LINDSEY POLLACZEK
Fistula Foundation
San Francisco, CA

MONALISA PADHEE
Women Wellness Initiative
India

RAZEL NIKKA HAO
Office of Undersecretary for Health, Department of Health
Philippines

SHUBHA NAGESH
Latika Roy Foundation
India


About the GW Health Workforce Institute

The health workforce is an essential component of health systems; policies that address its quality, supply, distribution, and organization hold the keys to improving access to high quality and affordable health care. Established in 2015, the George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute is a university-wide initiative to strengthen health workforce policies in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit the GW Health Workforce Institute, which is based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.


About the Atlantic Fellows Program

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity is one of seven interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs that empower communities of leaders to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies. The Atlantic Institute amplifies the influence and impact of the Atlantic Fellows network with resources and opportunities to connect, learn and work together. The Atlantic Fellows program is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, which will invest over $660 million, alongside other partner organizations and governments, to support the work of the global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades and beyond.


About The Atlantic Philanthropies

Over 35 years, The Atlantic Philanthropies has made grants totaling more than $8 billion to advance opportunity, health, equity and human dignity primarily in 8 regions across the globe. After establishing Atlantic in 1982, Chuck Feeney quietly committed his wealth to the service of humanity. In keeping with Feeney’s Giving While Living, big bet philosophy, Atlantic has invested in systemic change to accelerate lasting improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic made its final grant commitments in 2016 and will close in 2020.