Healthy Communities Fellowship

Supporting BIPOC local leaders who are spearheading community initiatives that address health inequities

The fellowship works to support frontline innovators who are making an impact for their community. In order to do that we provide communication , storytelling training, as well as coaching to enable them to increase their visibility.

We prepare fellows to lead from a place of lived and learned experience as they cultivate healthy communities.


Millions of individuals around the world are impacted by health inequities. Highly innovative and community-led solutions are not being used to address these deep inequities and overlooked challenges. Major health discussions lack community-based leadership and are dominated by the same health experts and donors.

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Map of HCF fellows


  • 12-month intensive and individualized media and public speaking/narrative training
  • Support in strengthening their advocacy plan
  • 3-4 in-person convenings per year
  • Individualized support to tackle organizational or systemic challenges
  • Participation in high profile virtual and in person convenings

Over the past five years, our fellows have engaged in over 650 hours of training and mentorship, published more than 30 impactful articles, and raised $6 million to support their innovative health initiatives.

This report highlights the remarkable achievements of our fellows, such as the work of alumni in improving maternal health, food security, and community wellness. It also showcases the dedication of our 2023 cohort in continuing to drive meaningful change in their communities.

As we look ahead, we remain committed to expanding our reach and fostering sustainability in both new and existing communities. The collective efforts of our fellows, partners, and supporters are paving the way for a healthier, more equitable future.

Explore the full impact of our journey and our vision for the next five years in the Healthy Communities Fellowship Five Year Impact Report.

The Healthy Communities Fellowship helped me to harness the power of my voice, my personal narrative in a way that has elevated my organization to new heights. It helped to concretize our direction as an organization and root ourselves at the center of conversations about healing as a form of radical social justice.

Erasma Beras-Monticciolo, 2020 Healthy Communities Fellow