• AAFP Health Equity Fellowship

    Translating Health Equity Concepts into Clinical Practice

    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. Applications for the 2022-2023 Fellowship are open until Oct. 30, 2022. 

    Meet the 2021-2022 Health Equity Fellows

    After an extensive application and review process, three FPs were selected for the 2021-2022 class of Health Equity Fellows. Learn about their projects. 

    headshot of Eda Akyar, M.D., M.P.H.

    Eda Akyar, M.D., M.P.H.

    headshot of Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, M.D.

    Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, M.D.

    headshot of Yogesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.P.

    Yogesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H., C.M.P.

    About the Health Equity Fellowship

    Through this program, fellows will 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. 

    The 2021-2022 Health Equity Fellowship Mentors include:

    • Kathleen Kearns, M.D., FAAFP: Kearns attended medical school at UC San Francisco, and family medicine residency training at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA.  She established her full-scope family medicine practice in California’s Central Valley in Turlock, CA in 2002. She completed the AAFP Health Equity Fellowship in 2019-2020 during the pandemic, focusing on a capstone project around LGBTQ+ care at the Teaching Health Center 
    • Jewel Carr, M.D.: Dr. Carr graduated from The Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 2010. She completed her internship and residency in the specialty of family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in 2013. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the CMC FMRP and was the faculty chair for AAFP’s “Health Equity: Leading the Change” enduring CME activity. 
    • Keisha Harvey Mansfield, M.D., DipABLM: Dr. Harvey Mansfield pursued a career in family medicine and integrative medicine because it encompasses her ideals of medicine. She works in rural Bogalusa, LA teaching her community about how to prevent and treat disease with lifestyle modifications. Via social media and her practice, she spends time educating people on the importance of small, but meaningful lifestyle modifications to promote health and wellbeing. 

    Proposals for capstone projects should be innovative and contribute to the field of health equity. Capstone projects developed by past fellows have included 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.

    Fellowship Requirements

    • Fellows must make a 12-month commitment to participate in the fellowship from Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2023.
    • With approval from their institution, practice, or department chair, fellows are expected to dedicate approximately 10% of their time (~15-20 hours per month) to the fellowship.
    • Fellows must participate in monthly meetings and meet periodically with AAFP staff and mentors via conference calls/webinars and at in-person meetings.
    • In addition, fellows must attend several in-person meetings assigned to their track of the program:
    1. Virtual Fellowship Orientation: January 2023 | Exact date TBD in Nov. 2022)
    2. Residency Leadership Summit: March 3-5, 2023 | Kansas City, MO (Ony for Residency Program Directors and Associate Directors) 
    3. National Conference of Constituency Leaders: May 9-11, 2023 | Kansas City, MO
    4. Family Medicine Advocacy Summit or State Chapter Advocacy Day: May 22-23, 2023 | Washington D.C.

    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.

    Past Health Equity Fellows 

    FPs interested in learning more about the fellowship or the application process can contact the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at healthequity@aafp.org.

    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.