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Healthy Communities Fellowship


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Healthy Communities Fellowship


Become a Healthy Communities Fellow

Aspen global innovators group | the aetna foundation

A healthy community is characterized not only by the absence of illness but by attributes that promote well-being and enable a high quality of life. In the US and across the globe, people are taking community-building into their own hands, bringing fresh produce to food deserts, demanding better public locations for physical activity, and advocating for clean water, public safety, and quality health services.

The Aspen Global Innovators Group and the Aetna Foundation are committed to amplifying the voices of local leaders spearheading community initiatives addressing inequities through the lens of the social determinants of health. The social determinants of health include social and environmental factors that affect life expectancy outside the doctor's office, like education, unemployment, food insecurity, housing, gender, race, and disability. 

The Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship will select 6 leaders working on these issues in the United States to participate in a curated, one-year fellowship program to develop their voices as experts in the field of the social determinants of health. 

Each fellow will:

Nominations for the Healthy Communities Fellowship is now closed. Nominations will open Monday, September 9, 2019.

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Selection Criteria


Selection Criteria


Selection Criteria

Individuals that are selected to participate in the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship will be living and working in the United States and meet the following selection criteria:

  • Focused on improving health outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health, including the environment, education, income inequality, unemployment, food insecurity, housing, social inclusion, health services, gender, race, or disability

  • Has a record of significant positive impact in a local community by addressing the social determinants of health in an innovative way, using an explicit equity lens

  • Fellow, organization, and community will uniquely benefit from activities of Aspen-Aetna Fellowship, as articulated in fellowship application

  • Has a passionate, personal connection to the community and the work

  • Demonstrates a willingness to receive collaborative feedback from group of fellows and trainers

  • Committed to work towards breakthroughs that improve health outcomes for everyone, everywhere

Fellows will receive:

  • Storytelling workshop, including writing and public speaking training, in Washington, DC

  • Participation in Aspen Ideas Festival: Health conference, June 24-27, 2020 in Aspen, CO

  • Access to opportunities to share their stories and bring attention to their work

The Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship is unpaid; however, all travel, lodging and workshop costs will be covered by the program. Fellows must commit to participate in 2 in-person events in Washington, DC and Aspen, CO in January and June of 2020. 

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Healthy Communities


Healthy Communities


Healthy Communities

The Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship focuses on the social determinants of health, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that shape health. Approximately 60 percent of a person’s life expectancy is driven by factors outside of the doctor’s office – our individual behaviors, as well as social and environmental factors. 

Millions of individuals in the US and across the globe struggle with food insecurity and obesity, face long-term exposure to pollution, and lack access to quality health services due to race, gender, and education. These factors need to be considered in an integrated fashion, engaging collaborators across disciplines who have not traditionally viewed their roles through a health lens. Given the powerful influences of racial inequity and segregation on health, a commitment to vanquishing disparities is also essential. How do we tear down social, economic and environmental barriers and build better health for all? 

The Aspen Institute and the Aetna Foundation are committed to amplifying the stories of community leaders who are increasing access to healthy eating habits, safe water, physical activity, and basic health services. The leaders selected to participate in the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship will be spearheading local initiatives to challenge health inequities in their communities in integrated and effective ways. 

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Nominations will be accepted from Monday, September 9, 2019 through Friday, November 15, 2019. Six fellows will be selected and notified by Monday, December 16, 2019. Please contact Tsion Ghedamu at tsion.ghedamu@aspeninst.org with any questions related to the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship. If you know of a leader who would be a good fit for this opportunity, please fill out the nomination form. 

nominations for the Healthy Communities Fellowship is now closed. Nominations will open Monday, September 9, 2019.

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Meet our Healthy Communities Alumni


Meet our Healthy Communities Alumni


 

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