2018 AAFP Health Equity Fellowship

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Family Medicine for America’s Health are selecting two AAFP members to participate in a 12-month health equity fellowship. The 2018-19 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. Fellows will be equipped as family medicine leaders who can facilitate change to improve their local communities and primary care.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

About the Fellowship

Through this program, fellows will gain knowledge and experience in translating the concepts of health equity into clinical practice. Fellows will learn from leading experts in the fields of medical education, research, public health, and health care policy. With the support of assigned mentors and AAFP staff, they will complete a capstone project at the end of the fellowship to demonstrate their achievement of the program’s learning objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Communicate the effects of social determinants on health and their causes rooted in structural inequities (policies, systems, and infrastructure) 
  • Communicate the strategies and objectives of the family medicine specialty to advance health equity
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and act on a health equity issue within your organization and/or community

Apply Now

To apply for the 2018-19 AAFP Health Equity Fellowship, please complete the AAFP’s conflict of interest form (select Option 2) and submit the following materials to Danielle Jones, CDHE Manager:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of interest
  • Letter from institution, practice, or department chair
  • Letter of recommendation
  • One- to two-page proposal for health equity project


Application deadline is September 28, 2018.


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Please contact Danielle Jones, CDHE Manager, at healthequity@aafp.org or 800-274-2237, ext. 3135.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows must make a 12-month commitment to participate in the fellowship from November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2019.

With approval from their institution, practice, or department chair, fellows are expected to dedicate roughly 10% of their time (approximately 15-20 hours per month) to the fellowship. A nominal stipend will be provided.

Fellows must participate in quarterly learning modules and meet periodically with each other, their assigned mentors, and AAFP staff via conference calls/webinars and at in-person meetings.

Fellows must attend four in-person meetings:

  • November 2-3, 2018: Fellowship orientation, AAFP Headquarters, Leawood, KS
  • April 25-27, 2019: National Conference of Constituency Leaders, Kansas City, MO
  • May 20-21, 2019: Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, Washington, DC (or your AAFP chapter’s Advocacy Day, if available)
  • October 11-15, 2019: Health Equity Summit, Albuquerque, NM

Please 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.

Fellows are encouraged to participate as active members in the AAFP and their chapter by attending the following meetings:

Understanding the AAFP’s governance structure and processes at both the state and national levels will strengthen the fellows’ ability to serve in future leadership roles. 

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for this fellowship, you must be:

  •  An active category member of the AAFP
  • In practice or on teaching faculty
  • Out of residency and fellowship

You must have a general knowledge of the social determinants of health.

You must submit a CV and a letter of interest. Your letter of interest must be fewer than 500 words and include the following information:

  • Reasons you want to be a fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program
  • Your experience and/or contributions in the health equity field, either through professional work or through community or volunteer service
  • How your experience and/or contributions in the health equity field will contribute to the fellowship experience
  • Your plans for continued development of your health equity leadership skills after completion of the fellowship
  • How you will contribute to the achievement of health equity at the national, regional, or local level, in conjunction with your institution, practice, or department
  • How the fellowship experience will affect your overall career goals and direction

You must complete the AAFP’s conflict of interest form (select Option 2) agreement to commit 10% of full-time equivalent (FTE) protected time for you to participate in this fellowship.

You must submit a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your knowledge, skills, and ability to contribute to the health equity field.

You must submit a one- to two-page proposal that briefly describes one health equity project you would like to complete during the fellowship term. This capstone project is a key part of the overall leadership development experience. Fellows will be coached by assigned mentors and AAFP staff on a regular basis. Your proposed project should focus on a health equity topic that is relevant to your work and/or the work of your institution, practice, or department. Your project proposal must include the following:

  • Introduction, Goal, and Vision: Provide an overview of your chosen health equity topic, an explanation of why it is important, and details about the project location (e.g., your work site). What is your goal for this project? What is your vision of the future and how will this project move you closer to your vision?
  • Timeline: What clearly defined, measurable tasks do you plan to accomplish during the 12-month fellowship?
  • Institutional Support: What financial or in‐kind resources will your institution, practice, or department make available to help you implement your proposed project ​during the fellowship? ​

You must agree to commit travel time to attend four required in-person meetings. Before applying for this fellowship, please verify that you are available to attend all of the in-person meetings.

Apply for the Fellowship

Application materials are due September 28, 2018. To apply, please complete the AAFP’s conflict of interest form (select Option 2) and submit the following via email to Danielle Jones, Manager of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity (CDHE):

  • CV
  • Letter of interest (fewer than 500 words)
  • Letter from institution, practice, or department chair
  • Letter of recommendation
  • One- to two-page proposal for health equity project

Applications will be acknowledged via email upon receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Danielle Jones.

A committee will review the applications and select two fellows. Fellows will be notified via email by October 5, 2018. Applicants who are not selected will also be notified via email by this date.

The 2018-19 AAFP Health Equity Fellows will be announced during the opening session of FMX on October 10, 2018. Attendance is optional, but fellows are encouraged to attend.