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, led by CHCS, is a year-long leadership development program to bolster the capacity of public sector leaders who have significant oversight over agency efforts to advance health equity. Equity Changemakers Institute aims to support these leaders in strengthening 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 internal equity strategy;
  • Increasing knowledge approaches and use of policy levers to advance health equity, reduce disparities in health care, and improve health outcomes;
  • Increasing capacity and resiliency to navigate organizational cultures, power structures, and potential resistance while building consensus among a range of stakeholders; and
  • Building peer relationships and fostering a network of state and territory leaders overseeing health equity initiatives to better sustain long-term change.

As part of Equity Changemakers Institute, participants:

  • 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 with an expanded curricular focus on inclusive and equity-minded leadership.
  • 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 one-on-one 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 coach-led peer sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to connect and support each other in shaping their individual Leadership Action Plans.

The inaugural class included 15 public sector leaders representing 13 states and diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experience. Learn more about the 2023 participants.

Request for Applications

CHCS is accepting applications for the 2024 class of this year-long leadership development program, which will include up to 15 competitively selected public sector leaders. To learn more, including about upcoming information sessions, prospective applicants can download the Request for Applications. Applications are due October 18, 2023. LEARN MORE