Call for Applications

Applications are now open for the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing an 18-month leadership experience supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Using the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) framework, the program seeks to strengthen the ecosystem of practitioners advancing racial and health equity in their work. If you believe that the wounds of racism can and must be healed, are committed to building mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines and are working in your community to make these changes a reality, please read the Official Call for Application for full details and apply before the December 6, 2021 deadline!


What is the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing? 

The Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing is an 18-month leadership experience and opportunity for health and racial equity practitioners to connect with a national community of like-minded people. The program design nurtures participants with learning opportunities, access to experts, individualized coaching, peer learning and sharing, and network-building retreats. Ultimately, the program seeks to build, advance, and propel the nationwide network of health and racial equity practitioners by providing the tools and resources necessary for holding public officials and private sector leaders accountable for real progress. 

We acknowledge that a culture of health and a culture of embedded racism cannot co-exist. Therefore, the program uses the five pillars of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) framework to guide the curriculum and participants’ experiences. The TRHT framework depicts a comprehensive approach to addressing racism as both a belief system that’s embedded and a structural legacy that requires a collective effort to overcome.

The TRHT framework sees the foundational pillars of Narrative Change, Racial Healing & Relationship Building, Separation, Law, and Economy as central to impacting health and racial equity. This work continues to evolve and is informed by local innovation.

Learn more about TRHT here.


Who should apply?

Ideal participants for the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing are practitioners doing work related to one or more of the pillars of the TRHT framework and are highly motivated, ready to learn, lead, and collaborate with a national and expanding community of practice that builds a culture of health.

Successful participants are individuals who: 

  • Believe passionately in social and racial justice, integrity, authenticity, collaboration, reflection, imagination, and transformation
  • Have been addressing the effects of structural racism in their communities, organization, and/or field for at least three years in ways that have strong potential for significant and far-reaching community impact
  • Demonstrate a collaborative, innovative, and solutions-oriented approach to their work 
  • Are open, deep listeners seeking opportunities for brave, meaningful discussions of sustainable solutions to critical social challenges
  • Have experience with visioning, strategizing, and building connections with others from different racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, and/or geographic backgrounds

As we select our leaders, we carefully consider the composition of the overall cohort in terms of geographic location, educational and employment background, and leadership experience to ensure that the selected leaders have an opportunity for a rich, diverse, and intergenerational experience. While we welcome applications from individuals in various stages of their leadership journey, we strongly encourage leaders to apply expecting to actively work on building a culture of health and have a long-term goal of advancing racial equity throughout their careers and lives.


What can I expect from the experience?

Participants in the program should expect to spend 8-10 hours per month throughout the program in a combination of virtual learning and in-person meetings (if possible). Over the 18 months, beginning in May 2022, participants will receive: 

  • An intergenerational and diverse cohort experience with a mix of virtual and in-person sessions
  • A $30,000 award for participation in the program and an additional $35,000 in flexible funding to advance the participant’s work upon completion of the program 
  • Grounding in the TRHT framework and opportunities to apply it to real-life challenges in your community
  • Coaching that builds participants’ capacity, assists with strategic planning, and fosters professional development
  • The opportunity to build networks with current participants and the broader Community Change Leadership Network, which includes alumni of RWJF’s leadership programs 

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of May 1, 2022.
  • Federal, state, tribal, and local government employees are eligible to apply unless they are considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. As federal policy or laws change, we may need to consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms.

Additional information about eligibility requirements can be found on the Official Call for Applications document.


What needs to be included within the application?

Individuals must submit an application through the Google form. You can view a PDF with the full application here before applying. We invite you to be creative with your application and you have the option to share written responses, videos, audio, poetry, etc. to showcase your commitment to this work. The application is broken into four sections:

  1. The first section will include demographic questions and a section for you to identify your sponsoring institution. This is the organization that will receive and administer the grant funds on your behalf if you are selected. 
  2. The second section will include a few eligibility questions to ensure you meet the program criteria. 
  3. The third section will have five narrative questions about your experience doing work aligned with the TRHT framework (informal and formal); why this is the right time to participate in the program; how you navigate resistance; and your personal and communal healing practices. 
  4. Finally, we invite you to upload letters of recommendation from two people who can describe your work in the community. The first person can be a supervisor, board member, or team leader who has experience leading you in a volunteer or professional role. The second letter should come from a peer or colleague who can describe your peer interactions.

Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to gather all your materials and complete all sections of the application. The deadline for applications is December 6, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET. Applications will be capped to the first 250 complete submissions received, so please apply early. Because we receive so many applications, staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason.


How Can I Apply?

  1. Read the Official Call for Applications: View the Official Call for Applications to fully understand eligibility requirements and more important information for applicants
  2. Read Through the Full Application First: We strongly recommend reading through the PDF version of the application to get a sense of the full list of questions and sections before beginning
  3. Fill Out the Application Form and Submit: Apply Here! (Deadline of December 6)
  4. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions: For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions if you are in need of more information
  5. Watch an Informational Webinar: Check out this webinar that includes an overview of the program, application process, and go over FAQ’S
  6. Reach Directly with Other Questions: Reach out to [email protected] with any other questions

*Please note applications will be capped to the first 250 complete submissions we receive.*


Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Informational Webinar Available: This recorded informational webinar was recorded on November 8, 2021 and includes an overview of the program, application process, and goes over frequently asked questions
  • Deadline for Applications — December 6, 2021 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full applications, including video and references. Please note applications will be capped to the first 250 complete submissions we receive
  • Semifinalist Interviews March 14-25, 2022: Semifinalist interviews, virtual (attendance required)
  • Finalists Notified in Early April 2022: Program administrators will notify finalists
  • The Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing Begins May 2022: The first cohort officially begins the program

Point of Contact

Contact [email protected] with any additional questions.