Call for Applications (Closed)

Call for Applications (Closed)

Do you believe in creating a more just world? Are you committed to transcending politics and building mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines? Do you believe in a world where health inequities and racism can be eliminated? Are you working in your community to make these changes a reality? Then apply for the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing

The Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing is an 18-month leadership experience supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that uses the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) framework to strengthen the ecosystem of practitioners who are advancing racial and health equity in their work. The program is designed to shift narratives about racial hierarchy and expand the network of practitioners putting the TRHT framework into practice. The program provides participants with opportunities to connect with a national community of like-minded people who support and help one another as they gain tools and resources that accelerate actionable and transformative change. 

The program goals are:

  • To ground leaders in the TRHT framework and use it as a means of a) building a culture of health equity and b) working toward racial equity.
  • For leaders to fully engage with the lessons, philosophies, and activities of the program through internal and collective reflection and by putting tenets into practice.
  • For leaders to take co-ownership of the program and practice leadership within it.
  • To build deep connections between participants and develop networks that help leaders achieve sustainable change in their community.
  • For leaders to leave the program feeling more committed to the work, well-resourced, and that they’re connected to others doing work related to the TRHT framework and feel confident applying the framework within their areas of focus.

The program experience includes:

  • Monthly synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning opportunities with peers and other experts doing work aligned with the TRHT framework. 
  • Two convenings (one in-person and one virtual) focused on fostering deep connections with other practitioners doing complementary work.
  • Peer learning and sharing opportunities. Throughout the program, there will be structured opportunities to connect with your peers in the program, and we encourage participants to self-initiate engagement with peers to foster and deepen the relationships.
  • Grounding in the TRHT framework and opportunities to apply the framework to real-life challenges in your community. 
  • Individualized and peer coaching to build leaders’ capacity, assist with strategy planning, and professional development goals. 
  • Quarterly office hours calls (30 mins) with leaders during the program. These 1:1’s are designed to aid leaders in identifying areas they want to receive additional support or take (co)leadership in the program, and also serve as an opportunity to elicit informal feedback about program experiences and emergent impacts. 
  • A $65,000 award in flexible funding to advance the leader’s work and the space to learn from others and experiment with innovative solutions to entrenched social problems. 

We invite you to review a pre-recorded Applicant Informational Webinar to learn more about the application process and program experience. More details about the program experience can also be found here

Ideal Participants

This structured 18-month program will accept 40 leaders doing work related to one or more of the pillars of the TRHT framework who are highly motivated and ready to learn, lead, and collaborate with a national and expanding community of practice to build a Culture of Health.

If this sounds like you, please consider applying:

  • Who you are: You are an innovative, solutions-oriented team player who listens deeply and values courageous discussions.
  • What you believe: You have a passionate commitment to social and racial justice, integrity, authenticity, and collaboration.
  • Your experience: You have at least three years of experience working with people from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and/or geographic backgrounds to build cross-racial solidarity and effectively address the effects of structural racism in your community, organization, and/or field.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of January 2024.
  • 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 award terms adjustments.

As we select our leaders, we carefully consider the composition of the overall cohort in terms of geographic location, ethnicity, gender, 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 who are in various stages of their leadership journey, we strongly encourage leaders to apply who expect to actively work on building a Culture of Health and have a long-term goal of advancing racial equity throughout their careers and lives.

If this sounds like a fit for you, more details on the application process are provided on our website.

Applications will be open from December 1, 2023, through January 12, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST.

A pre-recorded Applicant Informational Webinar can be viewed here. This webinar provides details about the program, ideal participants, program experience, and the application process. If you have further questions after watching the pre-recorded webinar, you can view an additional recorded live webinar here, where applicants had the opportunity to ask any additional questions.