Our nation’s ability to tackle difficult societal and health challenges depends on the skills and creativity of its leaders, and their ability to influence, inspire, and lead in a rapidly changing environment. To make a shift as bold as creating a Culture of Health—a shift that relies on increasing equity and combating the effects of racism and poverty—it is imperative that many of these leaders are from or working in communities with limited resources and opportunities.
Two of our longstanding leadership programs are growing and evolving to meet the challenges we must overcome in order to build a Culture of Health in America.
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) now offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free, summer enrichment program to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of rising sophomore and junior college students, and community college students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the health professions and who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Through this call for proposals, RWJF seeks to identify an increased number of institutions to participate as SMDEP sites—providing this proven model for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment, life-skills development, exposure to health-related professions, and research and leadership training.