Healthy Communities Fellowship

Supporting local leaders who are spearheading community initiatives that address health inequities.

What is the Healthy Communities Fellowship?

The Healthy Communities Fellowship provides communications and storytelling training to frontline innovators who are building healthy communities. We believe those closest to the challenges are best positioned to design and implement the solutions, so we equip locally rooted leaders with communications and advocacy training to drive change in their community. Fellows learn to write opinion pieces, devise advocacy plans, conduct interviews, and establish a social media presence to position themselves as experts. Using the Aspen Global Innovators vast experience and influential network, we prepare fellows to lead from a place of lived and learned experience as they cultivate healthy communities.

What makes a Healthy Communities Fellow?

Healthy Communities Fellows are the people who make things happen in their communities. Fellows bring a deep connection and commitment to their work. It isn't just a job - it's a passion. The most successful Fellows approach the year as an investment in themselves. That means making time to actively engage in training and mentorship, to think and write, and to support and be supported by their cohort. This fellowship is a U.S. based fellowship.

  • You have a desire to do good in your community
  • Have a record of significant positive impact in a local community
  • Have a passionate, personal connection to the community and the health challenges being faced by its members to the lives of others
  • Demonstrate a willingness to receive collaborative feedback from group of fellows and trainers and part of a team
  • You are willing and ready to amplify your public voice
2019 Healthy Communities Fellow Jennie Joseph argues for simple and easy access point interventions to tackle maternal mortality at the Aspen Ideas: Health stage.

Healthy Communities Review Committee

In the US, community leaders are showing up, starting initiatives and growing efforts that address the health inequities at their root. The Healthy Communities Fellowship hosts this Review Committee of renowned leaders to advise on fellow selection and program development.

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Meet our 2022 Healthy Communities Fellows

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