To close the gaps in life expectancy and health equity that exist within and between every country in the world, we need leaders — individuals who will have health equity as their mindset and health disparities reduction as their skillset. With this philosophy, Drs. Fitzhugh Mullan and Guenevere Burke along with Leigh Anne Butler and other members of the GW Institute for Health Workforce Equity team designed the Leaders for Health Equity (LHE) fellowship program.


The timeline below captures the journey from those initial brainstorming sessions to who we are as Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity today.


Leaders for Health Equity was modeled after the success of the Residency Fellowship in Health Policy. The Atlantic Philanthropies provided funding for the Leaders for Health Equity program.

First Cohort

The Leaders for Health Equity fellowship program announced its first class of 15 Fellows. The inaugural cohort included leaders with expertise in economics, law, social work, and data science in addition to oral health, medicine, and nursing.

2018 Cohort

The first class of Leaders for Health Equity helped us recruit our second class of fellows, establishing a strong connection that is carried on today between our current and Senior Fellows.

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