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05.16.2024 / Press Release

Maternal Health cohort graduates from Families USA’s Health Equity Academy

Nineteen individuals are graduating today from Families USA’s 2023 Health Equity Academy in System Transformation maternal health fellowship cohort. They are:

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


Over the last 10 months, the fifth cohort of fellows engaged in extensive networking and knowledge exchange activities with subject matters experts, keynote speakers and each other. This comprehensive preparation has equipped them become stronger advocates for infusing equity into maternal health as the nation faces a maternal mortality and morbidity crisis.

“Just days after Mother’s Day, we honor our Health Equity Academy graduates who are consummate health justice warriors with the dedication and commitment it takes to be at the forefront of equitable maternal health,” said Yael Lehmann, Families USA’s Interim Executive Director. “Their unwavering commitment to empowering under-resourced and marginalized pregnant and birthing individuals – especially those of color – will help their communities and the nation transform health and health care so it better serves our moms and babies.”

As a leading consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to building and training committed health equity advocates, Families USA launched the Health Equity Academy in 2019 to ensure the needs and priorities of communities are included in policymaking efforts. Applications are now open for the sixth fellowship cohort, which will focus on helping health care providers advance health equity policy in their states and communities. The application deadline is June 10.