2020 - 2021 Annual Report: Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity

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Building global leaders to combat health disparities and promote equity.

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ABOUT THE ATLANTIC FELLOWS FOR HEALTH EQUITY (AFHE) The AFHE Program develops global leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills and courage to build more equitable organizations and communities. The fellowship does so by providing intensive learning and growth experiences and connecting fellows in a cohort network as they move forward in their careers. The fellowship includes both US and global fellows and addresses the continuum of local and universal issues related to health equity.

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ENGAGE. CHANGE. LEAD. Toward Fairer, Healthier, More Inclusive Societies

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Letter from the Director

At the outset of 2020, we welcomed the new year with a new cohort of fellows. Cooking, laughing and learning together, it was another year filled with the promise and hope of new relationships and beginnings.

In a touching video for their formal induction into the community of Lifelong Atlantic Fellows, the 2020 cohort noted “as we began to return home [in February 2020]… everything about our world was about to change.” The importance of health and racial equity were suddenly topics for popular discourse, and our community of leaders rapidly mobilized to meet the urgent needs of their families, communities and countries in new ways. Our community endeavored new models of ‘social distancing’ designed specifically for those with the least financial means, they created novel health communications approaches that respected cultural differences, and rose to the call of health equity in 24 different countries across the world. Their work is highlighted throughout this report.

In 2016, the Atlantic Philanthropies invested $700 million dollars to train and educate equity focused leaders across the world. It was and is a recognition that new leadership is needed to meet the urgent challenges of our time. The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity (AFHE) program at George Washington University is dedicated to training leaders with health equity as their mindset and disparities reduction as their skillset. It is a large and enduring commitment to leadership development. We invite you to learn more and share in our work through this 2020-2021 Annual Report .

Guenevere Burke Program Director


FELLOWS from 2017 to 2021

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• Our Program • Our Fellows • Program Impact • Fellows’ Response to COVID-19



• Lifelong


Fellowship • AFHE Charter Committee • AFHE Faculty & Staff • Beyond Flexner Alliance


• About the Atlantic Fellows • About the Atlantic Philanthropies • In Memoriam • AFHE Fellowship Directory


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Cover photo: GoodSpace Murals Photo, left: Selam Bedada

AFHE BY THE NUMBERS 5 years from the start of the program in 2017…

PUBLICATIONS 234 Produced by AFHE Fellows

73 AWARDS OR OTHER RECOGNITION AFHE Fellows Received 5,627 People led by AFHE fellows in their health equity work 89 TOTAL AFHE FELLOWS $979,417,336 SIZE OF THE BUDGETS Managed by AFHE Fellows

 133 Opinion pieces  90 Journal articles  3 Book chapters  4 Books  4 Toolkits/Reports

101 PRESENTATIONS / WEBINARS Completed by AFHE Fellows



or Engagements MEDIA MENTIONS

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This training helped strengthen my own leadership capacity, and more importantly clarified and affirmed my sense of self in this work and in the world.” SENIOR FELLOW ’17

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Photo: Monalisa Padhee


Our Program


41 AFHE Fellows in 2020-2021 2020: 21 2021: 20 THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY The George Washington University is an active academic citizen of Washington, D.C., the United States, and the world. Our location places us at the core of U.S. government, policy, and law. Our neighbors include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Pan American Health Organization. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media, and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program is based at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity. The Institute was renamed in 2019 to honor Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, and his lifelong commitment to social justice, health equity and health workforce policy reform. Dr. Mullan joined GW in 1998, and in 2015, founded the GW Health Workforce Institute along with Dr. Polly Pittman. To learn more about Dr. Mullan’s legacy, visit page 27. The Institute was created to further research and education in health workforce equity. It is also the home of the Beyond Flexner Alliance, a national movement to promote social mission in health professions education founded by Dr. Mullan. The Institute is housed in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and includes distinguished faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Health Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Members of the Institute represent an array of disciplines, including economics, anthropology, health services research, and education, as well as the professional perspectives of medicine, nursing, physician assistants, and pharmacists.

OUR VALUES Our program and fellows’ guiding values include equity, inclusivity and an action orientation, which are shared pillars of the Atlantic Fellows community. The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity also emphasizes courage, diversity, creativity, and humility. These values are fundamental to, and borne of, the program’s interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to learning, community building and striving to overcome global challenges.

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OUR APPROACH The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity at GWwas founded on the principle that more action is needed to combat inequity in health. In practice, this means that we pair any discussion of disparities with an exploration of solutions. The development of a cohort and fellowship network is important to establish more leaders, inspire new approaches and lend support when challenges arise. We envision a world in which the global community and its leaders strive to establish the conditions for all individuals and communities to achieve their full potential for health and well-being. Finally, we believe that while some leaders may be born, leaders can also be developed. The leadership curriculum introduces a powerful set of practices that have endured for centuries across different cultural contexts. It centers on the power of relationships and people to envision and create change. People are ultimately at the center of our work as an Atlantic Fellows program.


• Know disparities • Combat inequity • Create a network • Build leaders

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LEADERSHIP APPROACH At AFHE, leadership is about ‘accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty’. Applying a community organizing framework, leadership topics and practices include: • Coaching • Relationship building • Power analysis • Establishing the conditions for effective teams • Developing narrative skills • Delegation, accountability and participative management

LEARNING MODULES Online learning modules take place biweekly and develop knowledge and skills throughout the year.


Explores global health equity with a focus on the experience of low and middle income countries.



CONVENINGS Convenings are intensive learning experiences that include lectures, site visits, networking, and cultural and social activities.

Provides an opportunity for the diverse cohort to develop a shared knowledge base and identity. It marks the beginning of the year-long fellowship journey.

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Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity are committed to action to address life-limiting disparities in health. The program brings together passionate individuals with different backgrounds to learn from one another and collaborate on solutions. Since the problems of health equity are much larger than any one community or nation can address alone, or in the short term, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity are lifelong fellows. After the fellowship year, graduates join a global community of leaders supported by the Atlantic Institute to make a difference locally and globally.



Brings together current fellows and fellowship graduates (called Senior or Lifelong Fellows) to create opportunities for community building, ongoing learning and collaboration.


Emphasizes reflection on the year’s personal and professional growth, focuses on skill building for long term success after the fellowship year concludes.

HEALTH EQUITY APPROACH The AFHE Health Equity curriculum covers a wide range of topics and includes perspectives from high, middle and low income countries. Since fellows have different expertise, peer learning and knowledge exchange is an important part of the program.

COACHING AND MENTORSHIP Each fellow receives individualized leadership coaching and mentorship during the year.

• Maternal Mortality & Inequity • Child Health, Poverty & Development • Mental Health • Disability & Health

• Racial Equity & Health • Rural Health Inequity • Health Finance & Data • Elderly Health & Healthcare

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Our Fellows

n Countries of AFHE Fellows

50 United States 5 India 4 Nigeria 4 Philippines 3 Kenya

2 Iraq 2 Mexico 2 Peru 2 Uganda 1 Argentina

1 Brazil 1 DRC 1 Egypt 1 Ghana 1 Haiti

1 Liberia 1 Malawi 1 Malaysia 1 Nepal 1 Pakistan

1 Sierra Leone 1 Sudan 1 Trinidad and Tobago 1 UK

RECRUITMENT & SELECTION From its founding to the present, the AFHE program was an investment in leaders that value learning with and from global peers. The majority of our fellows are currently US-based, although this will become more balanced over the years. The program has also focused on diversifying the cohorts to include fellows with broad-ranging professional backgrounds and experiences. This has enriched the fellowship with greater diversity of thought and perspectives, enabled more robust discussions among fellows, faculty and staff, and strengthened fellow collaborations across disciplines. To learn how to become an AFHE Fellow, please visit https://healthequity.atlanticfellows.org/take-action.

2020 Recruitment

2021 Recruitment





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Our investment and impact are with our fellows and their communities. Listening to our fellows, they have resoundingly said that the fellowship has been invaluable to their personal life and careers. They report that AFHE has increased their knowledge and leadership skills, confidence and courage. It has created a community of support and a network to advance health equity. Program Impact

“Most importantly this fellowship has changed the definition of a leader for me . In the past, I never felt comfortable with the label of a leader because I have this image in my head of a leader as a diva, and I had perceived that this term is meant for someone who has all the answers, who has charisma and who is a resource magnet. After being exposed to this framework and the learnings from this fellowship, I have embraced the label of being a leader because it’s a practice and not a position. It’s a commitment towards the cause and enabling others .” —Senior Fellow ’20


“ The Fellowship gave me a confidence in my abilities to be a thought leader and an agent of change . The Fellowship team challenged (and still challenges) me to reflect on how I can move projects and my career forward to advance health equity.” — Senior Fellow ’18


“ The network of supporting colleagues has been incredibly uplifting , and their work and passions has been a source of inspiration for me to pursue more train- ing and build a more positive career.” — Senior Fellow ’17


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Photos: Above left, Selam Bedada; Above right, Atlantic Institute


I feel much stronger to lead different teams after the AFHE training! I can adapt my leadership style and feel that my work has had more impact using the tools I learned in the Program.” SENIOR FELLOW ’17

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FELLOWS’ ACHIEVEMENTS Fellows’ Response to COVID-1 Fellows have used their AFHE training and passion for health equity to respond to the needs of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 & Film

One of our fellows (Jonatan Konfino) produced a documentary titled, Protagonistas de la Pandemia (Protagonist of the Pandemic) about our fight against COVID-19 in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina that shows the efforts of the health team and the engagement of the community. https://bit.ly/3mdxuvE

Photo: Screenshot from Protagonistas de la Pandemia

COVID-19 & Animation Project

Six of our 2020 fellows worked together to create the COVID Health Animation Project. They describe it as “a research-based approach to fight disinformation, increase knowledge and change behaviors around COVID-19 in under- served communities through culturally-tailored animated content.” The videos have reached over 1.5 million people. Funded by the COVID-19 Solidarity Grant from the Atlantic Institute. https://www.cfrontiers.co/chap

Photo: Screenshot from https://www.cfrontiers.co/chap

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COVID-19 & Supporting LGBTQ Communities

SCOTT NASS ’17 Immediate President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

Scott Nass ’17 adapted in-person support groups into the virtual space during COVID-19 so that LGBTQ patients could still access needed counseling services. “I had to transfer support groups to become virtual, so it’s been a big challenge. we know online counseling works and online support groups work, but the biggest challenge is having a community that feels pushed to the margins already. It makes a difference being able to bring them together to an international central space. It’s their safe space. The founders of the organization are trans-identified, so they’ve been able to put their personal perspective into the transition of all the services. Then, I act as a resource to provide whatever expertise they need from me.”

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS Scott is a board-certified Family Physician in Sebastopol, California, currently serving as a Complex Care Physician for MedZed. He holds joint medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is an inaugural Leaders in Health Equity Fellow at George Washington University. He is past co-convener for the GLBT Caucus of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and has served multiple years as GLBT delegate from California to the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders. He was lead reviewer for the AAFP curriculum guideline in LGBTQ health for Family Medicine residents and was principal investigator for community- based research addressing barriers to care for LGBTQ persons in Ventura County, California. Scott has a strong interest in healthcare policy and advocacy as well as medical education.

Photo: Abby Greenawalt

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Solidarity Grants Fellows featured here have received COVID-19 solidarity grants from the Atlantic Institute (AI) to assist their communities during the pandemic.

Abraham Freeman ’20 Abraham led a project entitled, Assist- ing Communities with Education to Reduce Coronavirus Transmission (ACERCT). Through this project, Abraham created a social media campaign to practice proper disposal of COVID-19 materials, provided hygiene kits, and established sus- tainable handwashing stations. Rose Mary Nakame ’20 Rose Mary led a project that developed a storytelling for advocacy toolkit and trained and mentored 25 grassroots community health workers. Elena Ri- vera ’20 and JuanitaWheeler (AFSE) were also involved in this project.

Adekemi Adeniyan ’19 Adekemi led a project that deployed teledental kiosks in rural underserved communities in Ekiti State, Nigeria to provide oral, mental, and chronic disease telehealth, and created a comic book for children promoting oral health awareness during COVID-19. Christina Rosenthal ’18 , Eliza Squibb ’19 , Akin Akinlade (Mandela Fellow), and Bulele Vava (AFHESA), were also involved in this project. Mildred Omino ’20 Mildred and Fredrick Ouko Alucheli (AFSEE) worked together to promote and share videos that show how people with disabilities experience the COVID-19 pandemic. The Disability Justice Narratives YouTube channel has videos that showcase the positive impact that people with disabilities are having on the community during the time of COVID-19. Shubha Nagesh ’19 and Syed Mustafa Hasnain Nadir ’20 Shubha and Syed have been working together on a project titled, “Every Child Counts; even in COVID Times!” This project focuses on developing a short movie, set in the Indian context to talk about challenges and solutions for families whose children have developmental disabilities, and how they can manage intervention at home to the best possible extent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jonatan Konfino ’18 Jonatan led a project in which he developed a community isolation strategy to strengthen contact tracing in the Municipality of Quilmes in Argentina.

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Photos: Top left, Adekemi Adeniyan; Top right, Rose Mary Nakame; Bottom right, https://bit.ly/3e3EB5H Many photos on this page were shared from the “Atlantic Fellows Solidarity Grants Evaluation” presentation presented by Dr. Abigail Diamond.


Health Equity Impact

Practice and Education Many senior fellows are engaged in health equity activities that impact health care education and practice.

Joedrecka Brown Speights ’17 Collaborated with Florida State University College of Medicine faculty to co-create a COVID-19 pandemic racism module for second-year medical students.

Amanda Brosnan ’18 Creating a guide on best practices for youth voices and involvement in youth- serving organizations, and working on a rapid start initiative for Tarrant County Public Health’s HIV program (TX).

Elliot Tannor ’19 Set up renal management teams in three community hospitals in Ghana with health care professionals trained on how to screen, diagnose and man- age patients with kidney disease.

Policy Our fellows are also involved in informing and developing health equity policy through advocacy and outreach activities.

Sarah Hopper ’18 Developed a set of medical-legal prac- tice guidelines for lawyers that were adopted through formal resolution by the ABA House of Delegates.

Ginger Ramirez ’17 Led the development of the Philippine Health Facility Development Plan, as part of the Philippine Department of Health, which will outline capital investments for health facilities in the country up to 2040.

Anne Laux ’19 Developed a peer support program for first responders while working on legislation concerning peer support and privileged communication.

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This fellowship has challenged me — to think about what is important, to know that the simplest gestures can become great catalysts for change.” SENIOR FELLOW ’20

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Engaging with Our Senior Fellow Community

Once our fellows graduate from the one-year program, they enter the Senior Fellow community with fellows from the other six Atlantic Fellows programs. In the past year, the AFHE team has welcomed two new members (Janice Blanchard and Tamara Tur) committed to supporting and promoting the Senior Fellow community.

Janice Blanchard

Tamara Tur

AFHE’s Senior Fellow Engagement Team is dedicated to engaging the Senior Fellow community by providing opportunities to connect, learn and collaborate for a greater impact.


AFHE established a Senior Fellow Advisory Board (SFAB) to ensure that Senior Fellow program initiatives are responsive to the needs of our community. The Board aims to be representative of the community’s diverse range of demographic groups, professional interest, and graduated cohorts. Nine Senior Fellows are elected to serve two-year terms, during which they: • Provide guidance in setting overall program policy and strategic direction; • Identify thematic webinar speakers; • Design and run the fellowship program at AFHE Annual Convening; • Moderate at least one lifelong learning session for the AFHE community; and • Assess the impact of programs, projects and events.

(From top left to bottom right) The 2021 SFAB includes Brigit Carter (USA, 2017), Sarah Battistich (USA, 2017), Toyese Oyeyemi (USA, 2017), Jordi Luke (USA, 2018), Neha Raykar (India, 2017), Jonatan Konfino (Argentina, 2018), Jes Milberg-Haydu (USA, 2019), Shubha Nagesh (India, 2019), and Lindsey Pollaczek (USA, 2019).

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LIFELONG LEARNING The AFHE Senior Fellow Engagement Team engages our fellows in webinars, workshops, and master classes to continue their health equity journey. Webinar topics have ranged from the large-scale impact of COVID-19 on global health (led by Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho), to the global movement for disability rights and justice (led by Reyma McCoy McDeid). COMMUNITY BUILDING The Senior Fellow Engagement Team is committed to connecting and supporting our fellows long after they have graduated and entered the Senior Fellow community. To help fellows maintain connection to their cohort, we organize virtual cohort coffee hours, which are unstructured, relaxed spaces for fellows to catch-up and converse. Similarly, we hold virtual AFHE mingles that are designed to bring together fellows from across all cohorts to engender connection and a sense of belonging to a broader community. In a 2021 mingle, ethnomusicologist and GBHI Senior Fellow Dr. Jennie Gubner — with the help of distinguished musical performers from South Africa and Argentina — led a discussion about sounds that bring us joy and wellness. The Senior Fellow Engagement Team also supports fellow- led efforts for community building. For example, AFHE’s African fellows created the Africa Regional Hub (the first of

its kind in the AFHE community) to serve as platform for networking, support, building relationships and partnerships in order to foster sustained development across Africa. The group is working to collectively build power to advance health equity in the African region. This regional hub held its inaugural meeting in August 2020. AMPLIFYING THE FELLOWS’ WORK AFHE began working with fellows to highlight their work in mainstream media. As part of this initiative in 2021, AFHE organized a “Write to Change the World” interactive workshop hosted by The Op-ed Project. Twenty-three Senior Fellows participated in the two-day training program designed to teach fellows how to make a bold case for their ideas and equip them with the tools to publish editorials and op-eds. Vaccine equity was a major op-ed topic addressed by many of our fellows. Senior Fellow, Dr. Adrian Billings ’19 published a piece “Our health system is not equipped to vaccinate in rural communities” in the Dallas Morning News . Senior Fellows Dr. Shubha Negash ’19 and Dr. Neha Reykar ’17 published a piece, “The Challenges of India’s Vaccination Drive,” in Real Clear World discussing challenges in vaccinating India’s population. Senior Fellows Dr. Jonatan Konfino ’18 and Dr. Shubha Negash ’19 published a piece about the need to build the global south’s infrastructure to vaccinate its residents in “Vaccines Delayed are Vaccines Denied” in the Interpress News Service . In collaboration with the global community, Dr. Jonatan Konfino ’18 also led efforts to draft the Atlantic Fellows Statement on Vaccine Equity.

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Photo: Top, Abby Greenawalt


The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Charter Committee is composed of individuals chosen for their commitment to health equity, education, social change, leadership, and health disparity reduction. Their role is to oversee the Atlantic Fellows Health Equity Program as it continues to develop. AFHE Charter Committee

Jim Scott Chair

Beverly Malone Vice Chair

Fagan Harris Secretary

Guenevere Burke Program Director

Christine K. Cassel

Candice Chen

Sarah Flammang

Lynn Goldman

Caroline Laguerre-Brown

Yvonne O’Brien

Nosa Orobaton

Ginger Mae O. Ramirez

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The Charter Committee is uniformly impressed with the commitment of the fellows, the quality of the materials developed, and the superb, experienced leadership of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity at GW. The fellowship makes an impact on the lives of these future leaders and the health of their constituent populations.”


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AFHE Faculty & Staff

Guenevere Burke Program Director

Selam Bedada Assistant Program Director

Janice Blanchard Program Faculty

Leigh Anne Butler Grants Management Administrator

Candice Chen Program Faculty

Randl Dent Equity Scholar

Seble Frehywot Online Learning Director

Shadelle Gregory Institute Associate (Operations and Logistics)

Kate Hilton Online Learning Director

Olivia Jefferson Program Coordinator

Beth Mechum Communications Lead

Moira Secrest Manager, Sponsored Projects

Jamar Slocum Program Faculty

Tamara Tur Research Associate

Sharon White Research Program Manager

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Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA)

The Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is an interprofessional organization focused on advancing health equity through health professions education. The mission of the BFA aims to promote social mission in health professions education by networking learners, teachers, community leaders, health policy makers and their organizations to advance equity in education, research, service, policy, and practice. For the past year, the BFA has been under the leadership of Toyese Oyeyemi, a 2017 Senior Fellow. Under his leadership, the BFA launched the Health Workforce Diversity Tracker and a new Health Justice Program to advance health justice training in health professions, and has expanded the impact of the Social Mission Metrics Initiative and the Student Assembly . The BFA and its annual conferences are a prime opportunity for heath equity activists, like the Atlantic Fellows, to convene, network, and share their work with similarly focused people and programs.

Toyese Oyeyemi ’17



Moving the Dial on Social Mission: Ensuring Health Professions Education Meets the Challenges of Today

1. Centering Health Professions Education in Community: improving outcomes in the communities we serve through mission, recruitment, educational curriculum, clinical service, and research. 2. Addressing Racism in Healthcare and Health Professions Education: addressing structural racism and privilege to advance equity, inclusion, and belonging in health professions education . Engaging with the Global Community: bidirectional engagement to share lessons

learned and develop initiatives to address global health equity and social justice, particularly for those impacted by the sequela of COVID-19. 4. Creating Accountability: advancing measurements, data, research, com- petencies, funding, and standards to achieve meaningful change. 5. Engaging in Policy: identifying and advocating for policies to advance social mission, and translating those policies into practice.

Accountability | Policy | Community Outcomes

Co-hosted by A. T. Still University and Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

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The Fellowship team challenged (and still challenges) me to reflect on how I can move projects and my career forward to advance

health equity.” SENIOR FELLOW ’18

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Photo: Abby Greenawalt

About The Atlantic Fellows Within and across the interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs, fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. Each of the seven Atlantic Fellows programs is distinct and grounded in its local context. All programs begin with a core fellowship experience and continue with fellows joining the lifelong global community supported by the Atlantic Institute. The Atlantic Institute provides fellows with long-term resources and opportunities to connect, learn, and work together to tackle inequity. Seven Programs, One Common Purpose: Equity

Health Equity U.S. + Global Washington, D.C.

Equity in Brain Health Dublin and San Francisco

Racial Equity New York and Johannesburg

Social Equity Melbourne, Australia

Health Equity South Africa, Cape Town

Social and Economic Equity, London

Health Equity Southeast Asia, Bangkok

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About the Atlantic Philanthropies

About the Atlantic Philanthropies

In memoriam: Dr. Fitzhugh “Fit Dr. Fitzhugh “Fitz” Mullan set out to change the world, and most certainly did. His intellect and t accessibility of prose in his speech and writing co have done that alone, but it was his devotion tha set him apart. His work and his person were inseparable becau they each expressed a recognition of the deep val inherent in each human being - patient, colleague student or stranger. This was evident in small, pr moments and big, public ones. Unlike so many o he didn’t share this conviction when it was conve or comfortable. He shared it all the time. He also that at times, this came at a cost. He did it anyw and forever changed the lives of countless others greatest measure of success and the only one that really matters. Outpourings of support and condolences have co to our community at from all corners of the worl including premier thought leaders and junior trai varied disciplines from ethics to medicine and nu Words like “hero” and “inspiration” are shared a all of them, spanning ages up to 60 years apart. W Fitz’s legacy will no doubt shine brightly for year come, our world is dimmer without him.

The Atlantic Philanthropies established the Atlantic Fellows in 2015 to culminate the foundation’s work in the geographies and issue areas in which it historically focused, and its decades of investing in people and in their vision and ability to realize a better world. Atlantic has committed over $660 million — its biggest investment ever — 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. Over 35 years, Atlantic has made grants totaling more than $8 billion to advance opportunity, health equity, and human dignity primarily in eight 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 completed grantmaking in 2016 and concluded operations in 2020. THE ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIES Over 35 years, Atlantic 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 completed grantmaking in 2016 and will conclude operations in 2020.

HE IDEA BEHIND THE ATLANTIC FELLOWS The Atlantic Philanthropies established the Atlantic ellows in 2015 to culminate the foundation’s work in he geographies and issue areas in which it historically ocused, and its decades of investing in people and in heir vision and ability to realize a better world. Atlantic has committed over $660 million – its biggest nvestment ever – alongside other partner organizations nd governments, to support the work of the global etwork of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next wo decades, and beyond.

invested by Atlantic Philanthropies in 2016 to train and educate equity focused leaders across the world. $700 MILLION


Learn more at atlanticphilanthropies.org

Chuck Feeney with a student at Hue University’s Learning Resource Center in Viet Nam. Photo: Le Nhan Phuong

huck Feeney with a student at Hue University’s Learning Resource Center in Viet Nam. oto by Le Nhan Phuong


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The Legacy of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

In November 2019, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity US + Global lost one of its leaders and perhaps its greatest advocate, Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan. The fellowship, which started as the Leaders for Health Equity (LHE) was one of the last, great legacies of a career spent in service and the fight for human rights. Fitz was a well-regarded author, mentor, researcher, and speaker on making health “not just better, but fairer.” Fitz’s beginnings as a “civil rights doctor” in the 1960s in Durant, Mississippi, set a pattern for his fight for health equity. He spent time with the National Health Service Corps and later led that program for the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce. He served in state public health leadership in New Mexico and became an Assistant Surgeon General under C. Everett Koop. Fitz had started up fellowship programs previously, both in his roles within the U.S. government and after starting at GW full-time, bringing the best of all of those previous programs to ours. He guided our work from the onset of the planning year, and when he knew his time was limited, he made sure the team and fellows were empowered to carry on his fight. His “fire in the belly” will continue on in all of us and he is deeply missed.

His ‘fire in the belly’ will continue on in all of us and he is deeply missed.”


Photo: Mullan Family

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APPENDIX AFHE Fellowship Directory

2021 Fellows

Zahraa Al-Sarraf, RPh Iraq Sara Lavinia Brair, MD Sudan Marlene Camacho-Rivera, ScD, MPH United States Kate Daugherty, MA United States Pedro Delgado, MSc United Kingdom Pratiksha Dhungana, BDS Nepal Regina Duperval, MD Haiti

Qusai Hammouri, MD United States Scott Howell, DMD, MPH United States Brenda Hughes, MPH United States Shannon Jordan, MPH United States Paige Knowlson, MOT United States Naglaa Fathy Lithy, MD Egypt Marx Itabelo Lwabanya, MD, EMHL Democratic Republic of Congo

Ana Ortega, MA Mexico Oscar Ramirez Peru Haydeé Rumaldo, MA Peru Muhammad Ahmad Saddiq, RN, Bsc Nigeria Akshita Siddula, MPH United States Claire Thomas United States

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For more information on the fellows and their project work, please visit https://bit.ly/309p1Sq .

2020 Fellows

Bilal Asim, MBA Pakistan Monique Brown United States Shubham Choudhary India Abraham L.B. Freeman Liberia Hyeladzira Garnvwa, MSc Nigeria Kevin Heckman, MBA United States Liam Hein, PhD, MSN, FAAN, RN United States

Gabrielle Jackson, MSW United States Gilberto Lopez, ScD, MA, MPH United States Medha Makhlouf, JD United States Maureen Milanga, LLB Kenya Bertrand Moses, MSc Trinidad and Tobago Syed Mustafa H. Nadir, MS Kenya Rose Mary Nakame, MPH Uganda

Mildred Adhiambo Omino, MPA Kenya Nkemakolem Osian, MPH United States Elena Rivera, MPH United States Peter Gan Kim Soon, MBBS, MA, MPH Malaysia Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH United States Lindsley Jeremiah Villarante, MPH, RN Philippines BramWispelwey, MD, MPH, MS United States

Photo: Abby Greenawalt

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AFHE Fellowship Directory

2019 Fellows

Adekemi Adeniyan, BDS Nigeria Alaq Khalid Al-Muwali, MBChB Iraq Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, FAAFP United States Esperanza Felicidad Cantu, MPH United States Esnatt Gondwe, MSc-LLM Malawi Razel Nikka Hao, MD, MBA, MSc Philippines

Artanesha Jackson, MA United States Danielle Woodhouse Johnson United States Anne Laux, MS United States Jessica Milberg-Haydu, MPH United States Shubha Nagesh, MBBS, MHA, MPH India Ifeanyi Nsofor, MBBS, MCommH Nigeria

Monalisa Padhee, PhD India Brandi Payton, MSHCA, BSN, RN United States Lindsey Pollaczek, MPH United States Hope E. Rhodes, MD, MPH United States Eliza Squibb United States Elliot Koranteng Tannor, MD Ghana

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2018 Fellows

Amanda Brosnan, MPAS, PA-C United States Lesford Duncan, MPH United States Angela Echiverri, MD, MPH United States Sarah Hooper, JD United States James Huang, MD, FAAFP United States

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT United States Jonatan Konfino, MD, MSc Argentina Anjali Singh Kulkarni, MPH, MSW India Deborah Liao, MD Philippines Jordi Equitable, MA United States

Emily MacDonald, RN, BSN United States Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH United States Zeina Saliba, MD United States Stephen Sevalie, MBChB Sierra Leonne Tyler Spencer, MSc, PhD United States

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2017 Fellows

Mary Ajwang, MSPH Uganda Sarah Battistich, MD, MSc United States Joedrecka S. Brown Speights, MD United States Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN United States Yvonne Yiu, MMP, PMP United States

Kenneth T. Jones, PhD, MS United States Thomas Merrill, MA United States Scott Nass, MD, MPA United States Toyese Oyeyemi, MPH, CHES United States Maria Portela Martinez, MD, MPH United States

Caroline Mae O. Ramirez, MD, MBA Philippines Neha Raykar, PhD, MA India Zulayka Santiago, MPA United States Sara Selig, MD, MPH United States Carla A. Arena Ventura, PhD, MBA, MS Brazil

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CONTINENTS 5 AFHE Reach: COUNTRIES 24 in 2020–2021

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