AFHE 2022 Annual Report

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Building Leaders. Combating Disparities. Creating Community.

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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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Letter from the Director

This past year, we celebrated many important milestones at the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity at GW.

We celebrated our fifth anniversary as a fellowship program with an exciting return to in-person community building and connection across the globe from the United States to Greece and Thailand. Warm introductions happened behind masks, while many of us continued to respond to urgent community needs, health and social crises that affected professional and personal lives. We continued to innovate, completely redesigning our website and overhauling the fellowship curriculum to emphasize skills development, knowledge exchange and application. The team pioneered a new approach to convening, gathering a small group of fellows in Thessaloniki, Greece, for a convening on displacement and health. The event brought a unique focus on collaboration and action with exciting results. In recognition of how much the program’s reputation and network have grown, we received the largest number of applications in our program history in the call for applications to the 2023 cohort of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity. The selected individuals represent an incredible diversity of sectors, talents and approaches, all with

a shared dedication to improving the health of their communities around the world. And as always, with equity at the center of their work, our fellows continued to make lives better for the people around them — by increasing health literacy, creating settings to improve mental health, establishing simple but effective processes for delivering babies safely, and much, much more. We invite you to learn more and share in our high lights from the year in this 2022 Annual Report .

Guenevere Burke Program Director

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• Our Vision • Our Approach • Our Impact • Our Program • Our Fellows • Convenings • Senior Fellows


• Collaboration • Vital Voices • Health Equity in Action • Awards & Accomplishments




• Charter Committee • Faculty & Staff • Fitz’s Legacy • Fellowship Directory • Our Partners • Atlantic Fellows • Our Home


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I feel my whole life changed because AFHE propelled me to be a health equity champion and identify areas in my own profession where health equity was not being discussed/pursued, gave me a love of public health and helped me become a leader.”


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Photo: (top) Courtesy of Adekemi Adeniyan


About Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity

OUR VISION The profound, life-limiting disparities in health and health care that exist throughout the world can be combated and mitigated. This can be accomplished by people — determined people, with the appropriate training, strategically located in health sectors around the world. The product of their work, in a thousand different settings, will be years of life gained and quality of life enhanced for millions of individuals, families and communities. Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity envisions 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.

OUR MISSION Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity develops global leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills and courage to build more equitable organizations and communities. We will do 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 U.S. and global fellows and addresses the continuum of local and universal issues related to health equity.




Action orientation





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PUBLICATIONS 97 Produced by AFHE Fellows



 33 Opinion pieces  30 Research articles  14 Blogs  13 Commentaries  2 Books  5 Toolkits/Reports




& Engagements MEDIA MENTIONS

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Photo: Courtesy of Lindsley Jeremiah Villarante


Our Approach

per year 15-20

AFHE Fellows

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity was founded on the principle that more action is needed to combat inequity in health. In practice, this means 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. 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 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.

One-year non-residential fellowship program offered by the George Washington University

Open to early-mid career leaders involved in work related to health anywhere in the world


use their leadership training to improve their ability to collaborate with teams


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

use their leadership skills to enhance work relationships to advance health equity OF FELLOWS 95%

I can say the fellowship has instilled in me the confidence to talk about my work and also broadened my understanding of how to use my personal leadership style to not only influence and build relationships in the workplace but also raise 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 fellowship graduates 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


57 United States 6 India 5 Nigeria 5 Philippines 4 Kenya

2 Ethiopia 2 Ghana 2 Iraq 2 Haiti 2 Mexico

2 Peru 2 Uganda 1 Argentina 1 Belgium 1 Brazil

1 Canada 1 Democratic Republic of Congo 1 Egypt 1 Liberia

1 Malawi 1 Malaysia 1 Mauritius 1 Nepal 1 Pakistan

1 Palestine 1 Sierra Leone 1 Sudan 1 Trinidad and Tobago 1 United Kingdom

We recruit early to mid-career professionals working anywhere in the world in any aspect of health. A broad global perspective and diversity of professional backgrounds enables more robust learning among fellows and collaborations across disciplines.


Advocacy + Policy Analytics Art

Economics Education Environment Government Healthcare Journalism

Law Medicine

Non-profit Psychology Research Social Work

Communications Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

2021 Recruitment

2022 Recruitment





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The fellowship taught me that I am not alone in my struggles, in terms of work, in addressing health inequities. There are individuals all over the world who are also faced with different challenges and they have become an inspiration for me to continue the work that we are called to do.”


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AFHE All Fellows Miami Convening We invited Senior and current fellows to Miami, Florida, in February 2022 to explore health through the lens of gender, sexuality and identity. Fellows-led learning sessions centered on climate justice and the intersection of gender and health equity. The three-day event alternated between panels, wellness and working sessions for fellows to explore shared interests, and opportunities for collaboration and action. “It’s been a long last couple of years in this pandemic, so coming back together with the fellows, just being in community, being able to break bread together, to share ideas, to build on collaborative ideas is really exciting.” — Les Duncan ’18 AFHE Final Convening The 2021 cohort was able to have their final convening and graduation in person, coming together for the first time as a group. They made up for lost time as they learned each other’s histories, heard each other’s stories, and officially joined the growing Global Atlantic Fellows community. In addition to learning more about each other and the global community, the fellows delivered their equity talks, reflecting on what health equity and leadership meant to them. The convening ended in a graduation and induction to the Global Atlantic Fellows family. AFHE Convening on Displacement & Health In September 2022, we hosted 20 Atlantic Fellows from around the globe in Thessaloniki, Greece, for a convening focused on the topic of displacement and health. Fellows were able to connect to the human stories and inequities experienced by forcibly displaced groups through fellow-led sessions and presentations from other experts, visits to refugee cultural centers, and sharing their own histories and experiences. Amna (formerly Refugee Trauma Initiative) helped us organize this impactful event. Fellows took what they learned and continued to promote the health and wellbeing of refugees in their own communities and around the world.

Photo: Beth Mechum

“The experience was life changing — my thoughts, beliefs and understanding of displacement have been challenged, shifted and fueled with a fire to do and be better.” — Esnatt Gondwe-Matekesa ’19

Photo: Masoumeh Tajik

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Senior Fellow Community After graduation, our fellows use the knowledge and connections they’ve gained through the program to build more equitable communities while continuing to support each other in the fight for fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies as Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Senior Fellows.

We are dedicated to engaging the Senior Fellow community by providing opportunities to connect, learn and collaborate for greater impact. THE MOTH Our fellows showed courage and vulnerability as they worked with The Moth coaches to create and share their stories as part of a Senior Fellow opportunity.

Photo: Courtesy of Selam Bedada


In July 2022, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity from 2019, 2020 and 2021 joined Global Atlantic Fellows from all seven programs in Phuket, Thailand. More than 300 fellows connected through discussions, games, art, music, poetry and dancing. They used the convening to uplift the voices of their own communities, showing solidarity for those that experience injustice, and leaving resolved to fight for change.


“There are so many connections and partnerships I would have

This year’s SFAB members (from top left to bottom right) were Neha Raykar (2017, India), Jonatan Konfino (2018, Argentina), Emily MacDonald (2018, USA), Lindsey Pollaczek (2019, USA), Shubha Nagesh (2019, India), Jes Milberg Haydu (2019, USA), Mildred Omino (2020, Kenya), Lindsley Villarante (2020, Philippines) and Medha Makhlouf (2020, USA). tives and build a strong, vibrant AFHE community. The Senior Fellow Advisory Board (SFAB) comprised nine Senior Fellows who work closely with the Senior Fellow Engagement Team to develop and inform program initia-

never had if it weren’t for this fellowship. I feel so fortunate. The best part is I feel like the potential for the future is boundless in regards to friendships and collaborations. We’re just getting started.”


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2 SECTION I feel so full when I think about AFHE. When I think about how I learned about AFHE and how I found myself connected to AFHE, I get overwhelmed with emotion. AFHE has elevated but also been such a huge support in showing me who I am and have always been — as a leader, as a comrade, and as a community member.”


Photo: (top) Courtesy of Elliot Koranteng Tannor

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Collaboration Collaboration and collective action are integral to the work of AFHE and its fellows. We believe encouraging and facilitating a lifelong connection to each other and the fellowship gives them the energy needed to carry on with

their important work. Whether it’s through the creation of WhatsApp groups or applying for grants to bring their work across borders, they reach out to each other constantly for support, both emotionally and professionally.

Medha D. Makhlouf ’20 and Sarah Battistich ’17

Medha and Sarah connected at the Miami All Fellows Convening on their experience working with migrant populations. Inspired by what they considered a false claim of public health interest under Title 42 by the CDC, they collaborated on an opinion piece that was published in The Houston Chronicle .

Ifeanyi Nsofor ’19 and Eliza Squibb ’19 Ifeanyi created a web series called Public Health for Dummies that features many AFHE Senior Fellows where he uses his platform to share short, impactful advice on a variety of public health issues. In one video, he spoke to Eliza about the need for diversity in public health messaging.

Maria Portela ’17 and Akshita Siddula ’21

Maria and Akshita have been working together to support the leadership curriculum of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) Minority Leaders Development Program (MLDP) at the Mullan Institute, using the principles and practices they learned as their time as fellows with Leadership Learning Lead Kate Hilton.

Bilal Asim ’20, Shubha Nagesh ’19, Peter Gan Kim Soon ’20 and Lindsley Jeremiah Villarante ’20 Four Senior Fellows came together from across Asia to advocate for the most vulnerable communities during the continuing climate crisis. Their piece was published in BMJ as a rapid response where they offered recommendations on how Asian countries can mitigate the challenges caused by climate change.

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Vital Voices In all mediums — journals, webinars, videos, opinion pieces, podcasts, books, articles and more — our fellows share their expertise to inform and advocate for their communities. Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity faculty and staff support this work and amplify fellows’ voices.

James Huang ’18 James wrote about how food insecurity is a real problem in the Washington Business Journal , providing solutions such as treating food as basic human right and creating legislation that benefits underserved communities.

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Liam Hein ’20 Liam joined Inside Out LGBT Radio to talk about the implications of legislation targeting the trans community and his experience living and working in the Southern part of the United States.

Sarah Hooper ’18 In partnership with UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, Sarah launched a podcast series titled Contraindicated that highlights how the law itself is a key social determinant of health.

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Adekemi Adeniyan ’19 For International Day of Rural Women, Adekemi wrote about her belief that rural girls and women are critical change agents in The Punch . She described how barriers can be removed so that more rural women can take leadership roles.

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Having the AFHE alumni as peers has provided solidarity in tough times and group problem solving to overcome common barriers.”


Elliot Koranteng Tannor ’19 Elliot released a new book, Am I At Risk of Kidney Disease? which outlines 20 common risk factors of chronic kidney disease in low income settings.

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Neha Raykar ’17 Neha wrote a blog for IDinsight calling for more adequate data on adolescent girls' interactions with the government in India, warning that without it, inequalities will continue to be exacerbated and fly under the radar of policymakers.

Gilberto Lopez ’20 Gilberto delivered a talk titled Challenging the Status Quo: Combining the Arts and Social/ Health Sciences to Develop Culturally-Tailored COVID-19 Information for Latinx as part of Pamela J. Turbeville Speaker Series.

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Maureen Milanga ’20 Maureen spoke to the 2022 International AIDS Conference on the importance of community based models of antiretroviral therapy.

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Health Equity in Action

Mental Health

Ginger Ramirez ’17 Ginger and her organization Communitails hosted the first-ever Philippine Human-Animal Bond Conference, sharing best practices in animal-assisted interventions and their applications in mental health, animal welfare, and overall environmental health.

Danielle Woodhouse Johnson ’19 Danielle and her organization, The Oasis Alliance, designed a food hub in Alexandria, Virginia, where families in need get to “shop” for fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and other food that makes sense for them, instead of standing in line to receive bags of canned food that they cannot use. The Oasis Alliance recruited local muralists to paint inspirational artwork throughout the hub and designed the space with a children’s nook and meeting areas.

Community Health

Abraham Freeman ’20 Abraham and his team from the Environmental Rescue Initiative are redefining what plastic recycling means in their community. They train volunteers, especially women heads of household, to create useful products out of plastic waste.

Jonatan Konfino ’18 and Silvia Kochen (GBHI) Jonatan and Silvia utilized a grant from the Atlantic Institute to create a network of health services to source hospital beds, avoiding the risk of overstraining the health system while also being able to assist the population in a timely and pragmatic way.

Monique Brown ’20 Monique co-planned the Association for Community Design Annual Convening in New Orleans which convened planners, designers and architects to share ideas about the inclusion of community in the design process. Monique was asked to join the board of ACD Design for her health equity perspective.

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Photos: (clockwise) Courtesy of Ginger Ramirez, Danielle Woodhouse Johnson, Pablo Goldberg, Monique Brown and Abraham Freeman

Health Messaging

Scott Nass ’17 Scott worked with interACT to successfully convince both the California Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2022 to adopt strong statements opposing medically unnecessary surgeries on infants born with intersex traits (or differences of sex development).

Oscar Ramírez ’21 Oscar spoke at the Tuberculosis Summit of the Americas 2022 in Asunción, Paraguay, where he advocated for strengthening the alliance between community leaders, civil society organizations, national tuberculosis programs and parliamentary representatives to end tuberculosis.

Shubha Nagesh ’19 “Too often women from the global south are marginalized in health leadership. Women have made an exceptional contribution during COVID-19, but are often clustered into lower or unpaid roles with reduced status.” Shubha presented an intervention to the World Health Organization as a delegate from Women in Global Health.

Child & Maternal Health

Naglaa Fathy Lithy ’21 Naglaa launched the Games for Sustainable Development Goals initiative with the Center for Development Services and Y-Lead project that gives children from underserved areas in Egypt awareness around reproductive and sexual health, including family planning, puberty, protection and prevention of certain diseases including COVID-19.

Emily MacDonald ’18 As part of her work with Erie Health Centers, Emily expanded reproductive health services to one of their school-based health centers and operation alized same day contraceptive appointment access as part of her work with the ICAN! reproductive justice initiative.

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Photos: (clockwise) Courtesy of Scott Nass, Oscar Ramírez, Shubha Nagesh, Naglaa Fathy Lithy and Emily MacDonald


The work that Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity do is often recognized for the impact it has in their communities. We are proud that the health equity and leadership principles taught in the fellowship year continue to guide our fellows in their quest to improve people’s lives. Awards & Accomplishments

Rose Mary Nakame ’20 was named a Heroine of Health 2022 for her work in giving a voice to health workers. Mustafa Hasnain ’20 won the January branded/ commercial best video award from the Global Film Festival Awards Los Angeles for California Department of Public Health Holiday Vaccine Awareness Stories. Brandi Payton ’19 received the 2022 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Outstanding Young Alumna award for the work she does to serve and lead indigenous communities. Kate Daugherty ’21 was honored with the Garden State Equality Lived Equality award for her advocacy and education work around Adverse Childhood Experience for LGBTQ+ New Jerseyans.

Brigit Carter ’17 was the recipient of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s 2022 Award for Individual Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education. Adrian Billings ’19 won 2022 Clinician of the Year Award from the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved for his commitment to improving the health of the underserved and under-resourced communities.


Megan Srinivas ’20 won the race for Iowa House District 30 and will be representing those constituents in the Iowa State House of Representatives. She ran to address the social determinants of health that keep people from living quality lives. After her win, she had this to say: “I have served my community through my work in healthcare, and I look forward to bringing my experience to the legislature. I’m ready to get to work.”

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Photos: (clockwise from top) Mary Hickey Reynoso; Courtesy of Association of Clinicians for the Underserved and Rose Mary Nakame; Megan Srinivas



I have deeply appreciated the many gifts this fellowship has offered me — through skills, human connections and inspiration — especially during those moments when I can get overwhelmed by the immensity of the world’s problems and heartbreak.”


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Photo: (top) Courtesy of Shubha Nagesh


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 program as it continues to develop, providing advice and counsel on the construction, curriculum, management and finances of the program and the community of practice that it is building around the globe. AFHE Charter Committee

Carolina Laguerre-Brown George Washington University

Christine K. Cassel UCSF School of Medicine

Sarah Flammang Baltimore Corps

Guenevere Burke ex officio AFHE Program Director

Lynn Goldman ex officio

Yvonne (Evie) O’Brien Atlantic Institute

Nosa Orobaton Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health

Toyese Oyeyemi ex officio Social Mission Alliance

Neha Raykar IDinsight

James (Jim) Scott GWU Department of Emergency Medicine

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AFHE Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff have an expansive range of expertise in health equity, leadership, innovative health policy, leading social mission fellowship programming and more.

Guenevere Burke Program Director

Selam Bedada Associate Program Director

Janice Blanchard Senior Fellow Faculty

Leigh Anne Butler Manager, Mullan Institute Research Operations

Khadidiatou Ndiaye Health Equity Learning Lead

Shadelle Gregory Operations and Logistics Coordinator

Kate Hilton Leadership Learning Lead

Olivia Jefferson Program Coordinator

Beth Mechum Communications Lead

Tamara Tur Senior Fellow Lead

Sharon White Manager, Research Program

Rawan Zeine Leadership Associate

Moira Secrest Manager, Sponsored Projects

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Fitz’s Legacy

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity US + Global, which started as the Leaders for Health Equity (LHE), was one of the last, great legacies of Dr. Fitzhugh “Fitz” Mullan’s career. It was a career spent in service and the fight for human rights. He died in November 2019 at age 77. Fitz was a well-regarded author, mentor, researcher and speaker on making health “not just better, but fairer.” His 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 George Washington University 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.

Fitz’s inspiring legacy lives on in the people, programs and policies he nurtured to help bring about fairer, healthier societies.” CHRISTOPHER G. OECHSLI, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIES


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2023 Fellows

Gloria Annette Aguirre Artist & Community Advocate United States Rana Al-Qawsmi, MPH Nutritionist and Public Health Specialist

Belaynew Adugna Endeshaw Lecturer in Physiotherapy Ethiopia Gulnar Feerasta, MMSA, MNO Director of Programs/ Non-profit Practitioner United States Nicholas Grant, PhD, ABPP Clinical Psychologist United States Shatyam Issur, LLM Human Rights Advocate Mauritius Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri, MBBS Psychiatrist Nigeria Nonsikelelo Mathe, PhD Public Health Epidemiology Researcher Canada

Felicia Mburu, ML Disability Rights Activist Kenya Daniel Mistak, JD United States Kuhika Seth Social Scientist India Anthonika Titus, MD Medical Director Haiti Laila Zulema García Ulloa Pediatrician Mexico Melikte Paulos Director of Healthcare Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations

Palestine Sagal Ali Product Manager United States

Geminn Louis Apostol, MD, MBA Environmental Health Specialist Philippines Christy Adeola Braham, PhD, MPH Researcher & Activist Belgium Sarah Chambers, LCSW Clinical Social Worker United States Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman Broadcast Journalist and News Anchor Ghana

Weldetensaye, MD Non-profit Leader Ethiopia

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2021 Fellows

Muhammad Saddiq Ahmad Nurse & Non-profit Leader Nigeria Zahraa Al-sarraf, RPh Pharmacist &Women’s Health Advocate Iraq Sara Lavinia Brair, MD FFPH Public Health Physician Sudan Kate Daughtery, MA Community Impact Director United States Pedro Delgado, MSc Healthcare Executive United Kingdom Pratiksha Dhungana, BDS, MPH Dental Surgeon Nepal Reginal Duperval, MD Pediatrician Haiti

Qusai Hammouri Pediatric Orthopaedist United States

Marx Itabelo Lwabanya, MD, EMHL Hospital Medical Director Democratic Republic of Congo Ana Ortega, MA Community Psychologist Mexico Oscar Ramírez Industrial Engineer Peru Haydeé “Nancy” Rumaldo, MA Nutritionist & Project Coordinator Peru Akshita Siddula, MPH Community Organizer United States Claire Thomas Economic Development Coordinator & Political Activist United States

Scott Howell, DMD, MPH Public Health Dentist & Associate Professor United States Brenda Hughes, MPH Community Health Worker United States Shannon Jordan, MA Public Health Program Analyst United States Paige Knowlson, MOT Non-profit Leader United States Naglaa Fathy Lithy, MD Gynecologist & Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant Egypt

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2020 Fellows

Bilal Asim, MBA, MPH Healthcare Executive Pakistan Monique Brown Community Development Advocate United States Shubham Choudhary Non-profit Leader India Abraham L.B. Freeman Environmental Advocate Liberia Hyeladzira Garnvwa, MSc Health Economist and Non-profit Leader Nigeria Kevin Heckman, MBA Director of Product Development United States Liam Hein, PhD, MSN, DAAN, RN Associate Professor of Nursing United States

Gabrielle Jackson, MSW Clinical Social Worker United States Gilberto Lopez, ScD, MA, MPH Assistant Professor & Social Scientist United States Medha Makhlouf, JD Assistant Professor of Law United States Maureen Milanga, LLB Director International Policy and Advocacy Kenya Bertrand Moses, MSc Psychotherapist and Counselor Trinidad and Tobago Syed Mustafa H. Nadir, MS Chief Executive Officer & Communications Strategist Kenya

Mildred Adhiambo Omino, MPA Disability Administrator & Advocate Kenya Nkemakolem Osian, MPH Public Health Analyst United States Elena Rivera, MPH Public Health Advocate United States Peter Gan Kim Soon, MBBS, MA, MPH, MSc Public Health Physician Malaysia Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH Infectious Disease Physician & Clinical Instructor United States Lindsley Jeremiah Villarante, MPH, RN Chief Health Program Officer Philippines BramWispelwey, MD, MPH, MS Public Health Physician United States

Rose Mary Nakame, MPH Non-profit Nurse & Leader Uganda

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Adekemi Adeniyan, BDS Dentist & Non-profit Leader Nigeria Alaq Al-Muwali, MBChB, MS Doctor United Kingdom

Artanesha Jackson, MA Clinical Social Worker United States Danielle Woodhouse Johnson Operations Manager & Non-profit Leader United States Anne Laux, MS Field Training Compliance Officer United States Jessica Milberg-Haydu, MPH Public Health & Emergency Management United States Shubha Nagesh, MBBS, MHA, MPH Doctor & Public Health Specialist India Ifeanyi Nsofor, MBBS, MCommH Physician & Health Policy Advocate Nigeria

Monalisa Padhee, PhD Medical Researcher & Menstrual Health Advocate India Brandi Payton, MSHCA, BSN, RN Clinic Administrator United States Lindsey Pollaczek, MPH Non-profit Executive United States Hope Rhodes-Pretlow, MD, MPH Community Pediatrician

Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, FAAFP Associate Dean of Rural Health United States Esperanza Cantú, MPH Director of Health Initiatives United States Esnatt Gondwe-Matekesa, MSc-LLM Development Practitioner Malawi Razel Nikka Hao, MD, MBA, MSc Director for Policy and Planning Philippines

United States Eliza Squibb Artist & Lecturer United States

Elliot Koranteng Tannor, MD Senior Lecturer & Physician Ghana

Photo: Abby Greenawalt

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2018 Fellows

Amanda Brosnan, MPAS, PA-C Assistant Professor United States Lesford Duncan, MPH Non-profit Leader United States Angela Echiverri, MD, MPH Family & Community Medicine Physician United States Jordi Equitable, MA

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT Vice Chair of Equity & Associate Professor United States

Christina Rosenthal, DDS, MPH Dentist & Non-profit Leader United States Zeina Saliba, MD Psychiatrist and Family Medicine Physician & Assistant Professor United States Stephen Sevalie, MBChB Commanding Officer & Psychiatrist Sierra Leone Tyler Spencer, MSc, PhD Non-profit Leader Mexico

Jonatan Konfino, MD, PHd Doctor and Health Official Argentina Anjali Singh Kulkarni, MPH, MSW Public Health Specialist & Adjunct Associate Professor India Deborrah Liao, MD Municipal Health Officer Philippines Emily MacDonald, RN, BSN Director of Business Operations United States

Public Servant United States

Sarah Hooper, JD Lawyer & Lecturer United States James Huang, MD, FAAFP Family Physician United States

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2017 Fellows

Mary Ajwang, MSPH Public Health Specialist Uganda Sarah Battistich, MD, MSc Emergency Medicine Physician & Associate Professor United States Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion United States Kenneth T. Jones, PhD, MS Program Analyst & Data Lead United States Thomas Merrill, MA

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS Family Physician United States Toyese Oyeyemi, MPH, MCHES, MBA Public Health Practitioner & Researcher United States Maria Portela, MD, MPH Medical Director United States Caroline Mae “Ginger” Ramirez, MD, MBA, MMSc-GHD Physician & Mental Health Advocate Philippines Neha Raykar, PhD, MA Economist India

Zulayka Santiago, MPA Creative Director United States Sara Selig, MD, MPH Physician United States Joedrecka Brown Speights, MD Professor United States Carla A. Arena Ventura, PhD, MBA, MS Professor Brazil Yvonne Yiu, MPP Health Systems Specialist United States

Data Analyst United States

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Our Partners

ATLANTIC FELLOWS 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 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 his “Giving While Living,” big bet philosophy, Atlantic invested in systemic change to accelerate lasting improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people and completed concluded operations in 2020.

TALENT FOR GOOD Talent for Good is a unified collection of 31 non-profits who are innovators in workforce strategy to address public problems. The collaboration empowers organizations to achieve their greatest level of impact while working towards the following common goals of motivating the workforce to pursue career aspirations that will address the world’s greatest challenges, prioritizing the growth of an equitable workforce that is valued from recruitment, to development, and retention and developing a changed narrative that inspires reimagined systems that prioritize equitable and inclusive workforce based strategies to address the world’s greatest challenges.

invested by Atlantic Philanthropies in to support the global network of Atlantic Fellows $660 MILLION


UGHE brings a new approach to recruit ing and training health professionals. An initiative of Partners In Health and led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities.


Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity US + Global welcomes partners to contribute to our ability to train and nurture global health leaders from around the world. For more information on how to support us, visit

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Seven Programs. One Common Purpose.

THE ATLANTIC INSTITUTE The Atlantic Institute’s mission is to amplify the impact of Atlantic Fellows by providing opportunities to connect, learn and collaborate for social change. The institute does this by: • Supporting lifelong community among Atlantic Fellows, with access to resources and opportunities to connect, learn and work together. • Promoting collaboration and shared approaches across Atlantic Fellows programs, with virtual and face-to-face platforms for sharing knowledge. • Raising global awareness of the work of the Fellows, and of the programs. • Extending community by connecting Atlantic Fellows and programs to a broader global network of equity-focused leadership initiatives.

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity U.S. + Global is one of seven global, interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs. Fellows are typically early- to mid-career professionals from a range of backgrounds, disciplines and life experiences who share a passion, determination and vision to realize a more just world.

While each of the seven Atlantic Fellows programs is distinct and grounded in its local context, they share a common purpose of advancing fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies.

Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity U.S. + Global

Atlantic Institute

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and Health Sciences, Business, Education and Human Develop ment, 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. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY The George Washington University is an active academic citizen of Washington, D.C., the United States, and the world. Its location places it at the core of U.S. government, policy, and law. Neighbors include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Pan American Health Organization. GW sits where the worlds of science, technology, media, and the arts converge. Students and faculty have an 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 AFHE co-founder 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. The Institute was created to further research and education in health workforce equity. It is also the home of the Social Mission Alliance, a national movement focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health 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

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