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In 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) released a call for proposals to establish the Minority Leaders Development Program (MLDP). The OMH purpose of the program is:
The Minority Leaders Development Program aims to enhance skills and competencies necessary for federal leadership service among participants through: 1) a curriculum focused on health care policy, leadership skill building and cultural competence, and aligned with core competencies (e.g. leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen, and building coalitions) for Federal leadership; and 2) fellowship-related work experiences, supplemental learning opportunities, and mentorship.
The Minority Leaders Development Program will fill a gap in federal fellowship opportunities for individuals interested in working at HHS to advance health equity and address the social determinants of health through health policies, programs and practices. In addition, the Minority Leaders Development Program is expected to support efforts to promote diversity, including racial and ethnic minorities, in senior positions within HHS agencies by providing professional development and career pathway opportunities.
Reducing and eliminating health disparities is a critical step toward promoting and achieving health equity. OMH expects the initiative to ultimately address health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations through supporting a diverse public health workforce. OMH expects awardees to demonstrate the impact of project efforts on outcomes and the overarching goal of advancing health equity.
The OMH MLDP at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute) is one of three programs. The Mullan Institute is located in the Department of Health Policy & Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, the George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C.
The Mullan Institute aims to strengthen the health workforce in the United States and around the world. Our vision is a world in which there is a diverse health workforce that has the competencies, opportunities, and courage to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential.
The Mullan Institute houses two major health equity, policy, and leadership fellowship programs. The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity (AFHE) program is a fellowship program designed to develop global leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills, and courage to build more equitable organizations and communities. The Residency Fellowship in Health Policy (RFHP) program is an intensive 3-week health policy elective for physicians in training. It aims to orient residents and fellows to the fast-changing world of health policy and prepare them to be effective leaders in system-based practice.
The Mullan Institute also houses the Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) - a national movement that aims to advance social mission in health professions education, defined as the contribution of a school in its mission, programs, and the performance of its graduates, faculty and leadership in advancing health equity.
The Milken Institute School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management offers a deep bench of expertise and experience in health policy with faculty that have held leadership positions across the federal government.
The other two OMH Minority Leaders Development programs are located at: