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We are now accepting applications for the 2020 cohort.

The National Council is pleased to offer this program at no cost for up to 20 participants from National Council member organizations.  To learn more, review the Request for Applications.

Apply here and complete the Letter of Commitment (See Example Organizational Chart)

We encourage you to complete your application early and submit all materials in advance of the deadline, Thursday, January 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please contact with any questions.

For more information, listen to thinformational webinar and view the slides.


The National Council’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program supports mid-level managers to develop their voice, agency, and power to advance health equity within their organization and across their broader communities by:

  • Bolstering the development of their and others’ skills to advance health equity within their organizations and communities.
  • Leading organizational and community efforts that advance health equity within a broader context of community diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Participants graduate from this program equipped to lead and sustain efforts to eliminate health disparities among the people and communities they serve.

Program Overview 

The Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program will begin in March 2020 and conclude in September 2020. Participants will engage in the following activities:

  • Program Introduction Webinar
  • Three In-Person Meetings
  • Webinars
  • Monthly 1:1 Coaching Calls
  • Monthly Peer-Support Calls
  • Monthly Assignments & Readings

For more information, listen to the informational Webinar (download the slides and FAQ sheet).

This program is led by National Council staff and expert consultants who are nationally-recognized leadership development and health equity experts. Learn more about the program faculty.


2019 Addressing Health Disparities Cohort VIII

Betsy Blanks, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Texas

Jessica Donaldson, Bridgeway Inc., Illinois

Dana Foglesong, Magellan Complete Care of Florida, Florida

Whitney Frank, Compass Health, Washington

Shana Grady, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Virginia

Glencora Gudger, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), Virginia

Sam Hasan, CenterPointe, Nebraska

Omar Irizarry, Gandara Mental Health, Massachusetts

Christine Laguna, Integral Care, Texas

Nicole Lawson, Oakland Community Health Network, Michigan

Celeste Nevarez, Emergence Health Network, Texas

Tamanna Patel, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia

Juan Pedroza Reyes, Valle Del Sol, Arizona

Skye Pletcher, Mid-State Health Network, Michigan

Josh Reese, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Kansas

Judith Rose-Wilson, Catholic Charities, District of Columbia

Jessica Shuren, Outreach Development Corporation, New York

Anh Ta, East Bay Agency for Children: Trauma Transformed California

Zachary Thomas, Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, Ohio


National Council Leadership Development Offerings

The National Council maintains a large portfolio of training opportunities for staff at every level. Learn about our Middle Management Academy and upcoming National Council webinars for other leadership development offerings.

We also provide a consulting service line that can be customized to meet your organization’s unique leadership and development needs. Ask us how.