In the fall of 2019, Yale SOM launched the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, a program that equips accomplished healthcare professionals with leadership skills and systemic thinking to improve healthcare access and outcomes for people of color and other vulnerable populations. The fellows attend Yale SOM’s MBA for Executives program with a focus on healthcare, while also receiving specialized mentoring and training.
The inaugural fellows are Dr. Cecelia Calhoun, a pediatric hematologist at Washington University School of Medicine whose research has focused on improving outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease; Kennetha Gaines, director of nursing for the UCLA-Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles; and Crystal Yates, who oversees Philadelphia’s emergency medical services as deputy commissioner of the city’s fire department. Now halfway through their time at Yale, they are already getting the skills to boost their impact in their fields.
“It’s critical for us to have a real breadth of skills, and the fellowship really helps to bolster our foundations so we can really become leaders of change,” said Calhoun. “Every time I’m here, I’m inspired in new ways. And when I’m not here, I’m thinking about how to integrate the knowledge I’m gaining into things I’m doing every day and what I really want to do in the future.”