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Program Overview

Community Catalyst is proud to partner with the New York Health Foundation under their Empowering Health Care Consumers program to launch a new project under the auspices of the Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship program that will take a deep dive into the ecosystem of health justice in New York State. The Restuccia Health Justice FellowshipNew York embraces Community Catalyst's and the New York Health Foundation's shared goal of advancing race equity and health justice. 


Through this project, New York fellows will develop a deeper understanding of the New York State policy-making process, strategies that have been successful in effectuating meaningful change, and key issues for advancing health equity in New York State. The regional pilot responds to advocates' needs in the field and builds on the framework of Community Catalyst’s national Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship: advancing leadership development and teamwork, organizational transformation, powerful and unusual partnerships, and leadership through a race equity and health justice lens. 


As the first regionally focused individual leadership development fellowship centered on race equity and health justice, the inaugural cohort of regional fellows located in and serving New York State, will participate in an innovative leadership training model that will provide them with skills and tools to effectively advocate on behalf of their communities and tackle structural racism and other inequities embedded in the U.S. health system.


Eight emerging advocacy leaders will be selected to participate in the fellowship. Over the course of the fellowship, they will work alongside at least two colleagues from their organization. 

Fellow Profile As New York State works to rebound from the multi-dimensional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need for well-trained, powerful, vocal, and visible health and patient advocates to ensure that the state's health care system is reshaped in ways that actually meet community and patient needs. In New York, doing so will require the next generation of health advocates to hone their skills and expand their professional networks. The Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship–New York will deepen and enhance community-led health advocacy efforts across the state and cultivate a broader network of diverse health justice and patient advocate leaders and organizations that reflect the geographic, racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of New York State.  We seek emerging leaders working in health advocacy, health policy, patient advocacy, and/or a community-based organization within New York that prioritizes health in their work. With race equity and health justice at the center, the Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship–New York seeks to cultivate and equip diverse leaders with the tools and strategies needed to evolve New York’s health care system to meet community and patient needs.  Eligibility Requirements Supporting organizations of color* is a primary goal of the fellowship program. While it is not a required eligibility criteria for the New York fellowship, applications from geographically diverse fellows who work across New York State, have lived experience, and work in or serve low-income communities and communities of color will be prioritized.

Preference will be given to applicants that have identified at least one senior-level decision maker within the organization as a collaborative partner.

*Community Catalyst defines an organization of color (OOC) as an organization that fits the following criteria:  1) Those served: The organization is primarily focused on improving the lives of the communities of the following identities: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino/a/e/X, Arab/Arab American, MENA (Middle Eastern Northern African), African, Southeast Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, immigrants, and/or any other identities of color not listed and their families; and 2) Mission: this is reflected in the organization’s mission, goals, and program activities; and, 3) Leadership: A majority (75%) of Leadership (board members, executive director and senior management as defined by your organization) identify as members of the above listed communities. 

Eligibility Questions




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Organizational Overview

Organization Questionnaire: Please keep these answers under, or close to 250 words.  

Applicant Organization Information




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Organization's Commitment to Race Equity and Health Justice




Fellow Overview

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As part of a shared commitment to the program and collaborative partner to each fellow, two designated colleagues from each organization must agree to attend at least two team workshops over 12 months. They will also be accountable to supporting and working with the fellow to implement their capstone project.

Preference will be given to applicants that have identified at least one senior-level decision maker within the organization as a collaborative partner. 
Collaborative Partner/Colleague 1 Information



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Collaborative Partner/Colleague 2 Information



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We suggest answering each of the below questions in under 250 words. 








Please identify two pressing health-related challenges and issues that you and your designated colleagues (including at least one senior-level decision maker within the organization) could address through a capstone advocacy project to ensure that the state's health care system is reshaped in ways that meet community and patient needs. This can include health-related challenges you are already working to address, but could use additional support to propel the work forward. Health-related challenges and issues may be related to social determinants of health, health disparities, health care access, or other health policy issues. Fellows will flesh out their chosen challenges throughout the fellowship. For each of the ideas below, please answer the below questions:


  • Have you and your organization already launched any policy or advocacy activities or planned an advocacy campaign to address the issue?  
  • Why is now the time for this change? 
  • What barriers to success do you foresee you and your colleagues will face? How will you overcome them? 
  • How will the project capstone support race equity and health justice?
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