Community Catalyst is proud to partner with the New York Health Foundation under their Empowering Health Care Consumers –New 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.
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.
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.