Announcing 2017-2018 Leadership Fellows for Health Equity Awakened

We’re excited to announce the second iteration of our year-long leadership institute.


In early 2017, we received over 50 recommendations of emerging leaders from health departments across the country for the Institute. We interviewed 35 outstanding candidates — and based on these interviews — identified 18 individuals from local health departments, both large and small, to join our year-long program. Each candidate offered a lot to the program, making it a very hard selection process!

Between June 2017 and May 2018, we at Human Impact Partners will curate space for 18 Leadership Fellows to dive deeply into strategies that advance racial and social justice in public health, data-driven framing, and levers for systems change.

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Welcome 2017 – 2018 Leadership Fellows!


Meileen Acosta – Solano County Public Health Department, Fairfield, CA

Katie Balderas – Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, Long Beach, CA

Nicki Britten – Berrien County Health Department, Benton Harbor, MI

Manuel Carmona – City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, CA

Debbie Edokpolo – Ingham County Health Department, Lansing, MI

Martha Friedman – Vermont Department of Health, Burlington, VT

Rujuta Gaonkar- Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR

Sarah Grosshuesch – Adams County Health and Human Services Department, Friendship, WI

Kiran Joshi – Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL

Sabrina Lakhani – NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY

Javier Lopez – NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez – Monterey County Health Department, Monterey, CA

Tram Nguyen – Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda, CA

Heather Jue Northover – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA

Alia Stevenson – Public Health Madison & Dane County, Madison, WI

Evonda Thomas-Smith – Department of Health and Human Services, Evanston, IL

Justin Watkins – San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA

Carolyn White – Health Department, City of Kansas City, MO