Health Affairs Health Equity Fellowship For Trainees: Introducing The 2023 Cohort Of Early Career Health Policy Researchers

  • The Fellowship's objective is to increase the quantity and quality of manuscripts published by researchers who are members of populations underrepresented in the journal
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WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- DECEMBER 22, 2022: In early 2022, Health Affairs welcomed the inaugural cohort of its Health Equity Fellowship for Trainees (HEFT). The Fellowship's objective is to increase the quantity and quality of manuscripts published by researchers who are members of populations underrepresented in the journal. It also seeks to cultivate future leaders in health equity and health equity research. Toward those ends, HEFT provided Fellows with a multi-layered mentorship, including one-on-one guidance from a Health Affairs editor as well as an expert researcher of health equity. This mentorship together with ongoing programming, research, and scholarly publishing, comprise Health Affairs' health equity efforts with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities through health policy.

Today, we are pleased to introduce Health Affairs 2023 HEFT cohort. This year's ten early career health policy researchers advanced through a highly competitive selection process, and are an extraordinarily gifted, passionate, and accomplished group. They are diverse in relation to their race, ethnicity, geographic location, and profession. And they focus on a wide array of research topics including the health and equity implications of socioeconomic status, violence, mental health, incarceration, and perinatal health - just to name a few.

As we prepare for our 2023 cohort to begin work on January 1, we continue to enhance our curriculum for our fellows to submit manuscripts to Health Affairs or other journals.

  • Rieham Owda, MD, University of Michigan
  • Charleen Hsuan, JD, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • Elina Serrano, MD, MPH, University of Washington
  • Kadija Ferryman, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Thuy Nguyen, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Jennifer McGee-Avila, PhD, MPH, CHES, CPH, National Cancer Institute
  • Yousra Yusuf, PhD, MPH, New York University
  • Anjali Dixit, MD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Shannon Nicks, PhD, MPH, Dayton's Children's Hospital
  • Avni Gupta, MPH, (PhD candidate), New York University

Together with both the 2022 and 2023 HEFT cohorts, we hope to continue leading the work to address health inequities in scholarly publishing. For more on our incoming cohort of fellows and their work throughout the program, don't miss regular updates on the HEFT site and Health Affairs Forefront.


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