The AAFP Health Equity Fellowship is designed to develop family physicians into leaders who have subject matter expertise in the social, institutional, and cultural influences that impact health. The fellowship is a vital part of the Academy’s work to create leaders across the specialty who can address health inequities at the system and community levels. These fellows will facilitate change to improve their local communities and primary care.
After an extensive application and review process, four FPs were selected for the 2023 class of Health Equity Fellows. Learn about their projects.
Capstone Project: Improving Health Equity Now and in the Future: Assessing and Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Creating a Longitudinal Residency Curriculum
Click on the image above to watch the AAFP's interview with Dr. Beiter.
Capstone Project: Pathway to Family Medicine for Underserved Students
Click on the image above to watch the AAFP's interview with Dr. da Silva.
Capstone Project: You Can’t Fight an Invisible Foe! Addressing Cultural and Identity Bias in Eating Disorder Treatment
Click on the image above to watch the AAFP's interview with Dr. Holloway.
Capstone Project: Impactful Alignment of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine Physicians-in-Training Workforce with the Wilmington, Delaware Community
Click on the image above to watch the AAFP's interview with Dr. Kavanaugh.
Through this program, fellows gain knowledge and experience in translating the concepts of health equity into clinical practice. Fellows learn from leading experts in the fields of medical education, research, public health, and health care policy. With the support of mentors and AAFP staff, they will complete a capstone project to demonstrate their achievement of the program’s learning objectives.
Proposals for capstone projects should be innovative and contribute to the field of health equity. Capstone projects developed by past fellows have included development of a community health ambassador program, social needs screening in outpatient clinics, development of a weight bias curriculum, assessment of imposter syndrome among faculty underrepresented in medicine, development of a pathway program for minoritized students and implementation of an addiction medicine curriculum with an equity lens.
Note: Travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed up to $1,500 per meeting, per AAFP policy. No per diem or family travel expenses are allowed.
Eda Akyar, M.D., M.P.H.: Serving the Underserved Is Resident's Calling
Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, M.D.: Finding the Well for Better Maternity Care
Yogesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.P.: Overcoming Barriers at the Intersection of Faith and Health Care
Brittney Anderson, M.D.: Discrepancies in Vaccine Uptake: What’s Really at Work?
Keisha Harvey, M.D.: Health Equity Fellow Targets Obesity in Clinic, Community
Melanie VanDemark, M.D., A.B.O.M.: Pandemic’s Effects Have Put Us at a Crossroads
Shoba Belegundu, M.D.: Let’s Achieve Health Equity by Teaching Future FPs
Christen Johnson, M.D., M.P.H.: AAFP Fellow Aims for Major Impact on Health Equity
Family physicians interested in learning more about the fellowship or application process can contact the Center for Diversity and Health Equity.
The Health Equity Fellowship is made possible through the financial support from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.