Supporting public sector leaders to drive transformational change and advance health equity goals.


Public sector leaders direct a broad range of programs that are pivotal to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities with diverse identities. These leaders are at the helm of growing state- and territory-led efforts to address gaps in access to care, improve health outcomes, and eliminate long-standing health inequities. Although there is an increasing number of public sector leaders responsible for overseeing these efforts within their agencies, there is no specific national network or leadership development program for this group.

Equity Changemakers Institute (Changemakers), led by CHCS, is a 10-month leadership development program to bolster the capacity of public sector leaders who have significant oversight over agency efforts to advance health equity. Changemakers aims to support these leaders in cultivating the skills to drive transformational change and positively impact the health of those who live in their states/territories by:

  • Strengthening participants’ knowledge and skills to enhance inclusive leadership and advance an organization’s equity strategy;
  • Increasing knowledge and use of policy levers to advance health equity, reduce disparities in health care, and improve health outcomes;
  • Increasing capacity and resiliency to navigate power structures, organizational cultures, and potential resistance while building consensus among a range of stakeholders in promoting policies that support more equitable health outcomes; and
  • Building peer relationships and fostering a network of state and territory leaders leading health equity initiatives to better sustain long-term change.

Selected participants will:

  • Learn and test a competency-based leadership model. Participants receive expert training that follows a competency-based leadership framework designed for senior executives in the public sector.
  • Participate in key topics seminars. Seminars will explore specific aspects of advancing health equity and allow participants to interact with leading health equity experts, gain exposure to emerging evidence and best practices, and explore approaches to better meet the health and social needs of individuals and communities.
  • Receive individualized leadership coaching. Each participant will be assigned a leadership coach who will provide 1:1 coaching throughout the program.
  • Develop a Leadership Action Plan. Participants will develop a Leadership Action Plan that advances an important strategic initiative that benefits their organization and partnering communities and/or promotes agency health equity priorities.
  • Connect with peers in accountability networks. These peer-led sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to connect and support each other in shaping their individual Leadership Action Plans.