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New fellowships focus on equity and health in Richmond region

RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) is launching an Equity and Health Fellowship program to bring regional knowledge and diverse perspectives to its work on social,economic, and structural conditions that influence health outcomes.

The Fellowship program is part of RMHF’s new strategic focus on equity and health that will be formally announced in December. Fellows will serve as strategic advisors to the Foundation, informing its equity and health agenda.

Eighteen fellows will be selected for the 2017 program. Fellows will be senior leaders representing local government and nonprofit organizations actively working to foster equity and health in the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan. The Fellowship program will run from January through October 2017. Grants of $12,000 per organization will support the release time of the senior leader selected as a Fellow.

“Reducing health disparities cannot be done by any one organization or sector alone. RMHF seeks partners to help us approach our work with an equity lens and to consider how we might apply tools beyond traditional grantmaking. By finding creative ways to focus our efforts and connect with other organizations that align with our mission, RMHF can better support and accelerate efforts to foster an equitable and healthy Richmond region,” said RMHF Board Chair Michele A.W. McKinnon.

Mark D. Constantine, RMHF President & CEO, added, “We seek applicants who are deeply committed to reducing health disparities and increasing equity in the work of their organizations and have the energy and interest to help RMHF create and implement a broad strategy for achieving its mission.”

Goals of the Fellowship program include informing an equity and health framework to guide RMHF and building a new network of advocates committed to fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond Region.

RMHF will host an in-person session for interested applicants on Friday, October 21st from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Foundation’s offices. During the session, Mark Constantine will provide background on the Fellowship program, discuss the emerging curriculum and expectations for Fellows, and answer questions. RMHF will post all questions and responses online at

The deadline for applications is November 4, 2016.


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