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Applications for the 10th cohort will tentatively open in mid-2021. To be added to the list to be notified when applications are available, please contact Ayla Colella at


About the Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program

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 and download the slides.

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.


2020 Addressing Health Disparities Cohort IX

Ruth Ahearn, Integral Care, Texas

Giorgio Châtelain, The Institute for Family Health, New York

Cristina Froude, Southwest District Health, Idaho

Theresa Lindberg, Casa de los Ninos, Arizona

Stephanie Madsen-Pixler, SummitStone Health Partners, Colorado

Laura Santa Cruz, COPE Community Services, Arizona

Sandra Victorino, The Providence Center, Rhode Island

Amy Carlough, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc., Alaska

Nichol Bremer, NHBP, Michigan

Heather Foster, Novant Health, North Carolina

Ashley Jefferson, LA Department of Health – Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana

Kimberly Kapp, North Dakota State Hospital, North Dakota

Tierney Payne, The Nord Center, Ohio

Adriane Tillery, Harborview Medical Center, Washington

Ming Wang, Utah State Department of Human Services, Utah

Garret Zabel, Hillsides, California


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.