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Health Equity Academy in System Transformation

Families USA is proud to be at the forefront of a movement dedicated to the building and training of committed health equity advocates.  In 2019, the Health Equity Academy in System Transformation was launched to ensure the needs and priorities of communities are included in policymaking efforts.  Every year, the selected fellows are given the opportunity to participate in active discussions with keynote speakers and subject matters experts about payment and delivery reform.

The Health Equity Academy in System Transformation trains and provides ongoing learning opportunities, strategic guidance, and technical support to leaders from communities of color and other marginalized communities. Participants gain formidable subject matter and advocacy skills to help them become stronger advocates for transforming our health care system to serve health equity at the local, state, and national levels. The Academy holds annual national trainings, convene regional trainings in collaboration with key partners, develop and support an ongoing learning community, and create and disseminate resources to help ensure community voices are included in health system transformation.

Meet This Year’s Fellows

Families USA is honored to Introduce its esteemed 2023 Health Equity Academy Fellowship cohort, a group of 21 remarkable individuals at the forefront of the movement for equitable maternal health. With an array of diverse backgrounds and organizational affiliations, these Fellows are united by their unwavering commitment to advocate for equitable maternal health policies. Over the course of a transformative yearlong fellowship, they will work together to amplify their capabilities, skills, and competencies to drive meaningful change. Through comprehensive training, they will become proficient in effective advocacy strategies, expertly craft impactful policy agendas, and implement approaches that empower under-resourced and marginalized pregnant and birthing individuals. From engaging in advocacy labs to impactful Hill visits, they will be equipped with the tools to leave a lasting impact in the maternal health space. They will join forces as health equity advocates and build connections, exchange knowledge, and amplify their collective influence. Get to know more about these inspirational trailblazers who are all paving the way for a more equitable maternal health landscape.

AJ Bostic Andrea Krotzer Averjill Rookwood
Ben Barber Brianna Hanson Deanna Williams
Eve Boyle Holly Hsu Hunter Nelson
Jatesha “Jaye” Madden-Wilson Lisa Brown Mahak Kalra
Ranya Alboslani Robin Marty Sara Barber
Scott Stewart Stephanie Aristide T.J. Clarke
Taylor Givens-Dunn Tee Joseph Vanessa Zapata


Graduates of Health Equity Academy