WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 16, 2020) – The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), today announced the 2020 fellows of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program. The year-long program honors health sector professionals with a commitment to health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s fellows, the fourth and largest class in the program, were selected from a competitive pool of global and national applicants.
“We are thrilled to announce this year's cohort of extraordinarily talented fellows from all over the U.S. and the world,” said Patricia (Polly) Pittman, PhD, director of the Mullan Institute. “They will be tackling enormously complex challenges to advance health equity in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as they develop their leadership skills over the next year.”
Milken Institute School of Public Health Receives Major Foundation Award for Health Equity Training and Leadership Program, Endowed Professorship
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2019) — The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute), based at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University, continues to reach significant milestones in its work to build a stronger, more inclusive health workforce and reduce disparities in health. Today, the Mullan Institute announced supplemental funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies to amplify its mission to advance and promote health equity issues on a global scale.
The Mullan Institute previously received $25 million from The Atlantic Philanthropies to establish the Atlantic Fellows for Heath Equity program, which develops global leaders to understand and address health disparities, and operate it through 2026. The additional $10.1 million award will be used to strengthen the program and extend its operation through at least 2027. The award will also support the Beyond Flexner Alliance, an organization focused on efforts to integrate social justice into education and medical practice.
The GW Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity was awarded a 3-year grant from SAMHSA to build a national database on the Mental and Substance Use Disorder (MH/SUD) workforce and provide analysis on the extent to which efforts are needed to expand the MH/SUD workforce. Clese Erikson will serve as the Principal Investigator on the project and Edward Salsberg will be the co-PI. This multi-year effort will use both traditional and novel data sources to build a comprehensive database that will allow SAMSHA to better understand the available supply and practice location of the behavioral health workforce and how this compares with need for behavioral health services at the state and local level. The Mullan Institute will partner with colleagues at SAMHSA, the Behavioral Health Workforce Center at the University of Michigan, behavioral health-related professional societies, and HealthLandscape to develop a mental health and substance use disorder workforce database on the following practitioners:
On June 18, the Mullan Institute held its inaugural summit, “Reproductive Health in Crisis: What Workforce Strategies are Needed?” to address reproductive health as it relates to patient access, population health, and workforce rights and challenges. The aim of this summit was to examine the landscape of reproductive health services and policies that threaten access to appropriate and comprehensive care in the United States. Representatives of various reproductive health institutions focused on pipeline and distribution issues, as well as the challenges of recruitment and retention of providers. The keynote speaker was Dr. Leana Wen, MD, MSc, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Watch recording
WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 17, 2018) — The George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), today announced a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support a new Health Workforce Research Center focused on increasing diversity in health workforce education and training.
The Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) on Health Equity in Health Workforce Education will identify how pipeline programs, health profession schools and ongoing professional training contribute to workforce diversity, address maldistribution and prepare trainees to address social determinants of health. The HWRC’s studies will develop and enhance new metrics and tools for measuring health equity and social mission in health professional education and lead to new insights on school characteristics, curriculum and training modalities that advance health equity.
“We are excited to build on the work we’ve already started at the Health Workforce Institute toward creating healthier, equitable communities,” said Principal Investigator Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, who is also co-director of the GW Health Workforce Institute and a Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at Milken Institute SPH and GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). “With this award, we will be able to contribute to the development of the neglected field of research on social mission in health profession education.”
Established in 2013, the GW Health Workforce Institute is a university-wide initiative representing the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Business, Graduate School of Education & Human Development, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. It aims to strengthen health workforce policies in the United States and around the world.
“This grant will allow us to shine a spotlight on health professions training programs that foster a diverse health workforce that is prepared and inspired to pursue health equity for all,” said HWRC Deputy Director Clese Erikson, M.P.Aff.
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