Our Legacy: the Atlantic Fellows
Although our doors will close at the end of 2020, the legacy of our commitment to racial and health equity will continue through the Atlantic Fellows programs. Established in 2015 as one of our final “Big Bets”, the Atlantic Fellows programs are a global network of seven interconnected programs dedicated to the advancement of fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. The Fellows themselves represent emerging leaders and change-makers in fields as diverse as the arts, law, academia, and healthcare, and the Fellows programs give them the platform for discussion and collaboration, and the support and resources to assist them with their work. Our commitment of $700 million—our biggest investment ever—alongside other partner organizations and governments, will support the work of a global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond.
The Atlantic Fellows programs focus on global issues of social, economic, racial, and health equity. The programs addressing racial and health equity are the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, and the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa.
The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE)
In 2016, in partnership with Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Atlantic launched the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) in order to dismantle anti-Black racism in the United States and South Africa, and to create programs, policies, and other measures to build a more equitable future. Each year, 20 leaders in racial equity from the United States and South Africa are recruited to participate in the immersive, dialogue-based program. The Fellows have the ability to enroll in Columbia University courses, participate in peer-to-peer convenings, and given resources to support their work. The 2019 cohort includes artists, politicians, activists, religious leaders, and lawyers.
>Learn more about AFRE.
>Read the 2019 cohort’s Call to Action, published on June 4, 2020.
The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity
In 2018, the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship of the George Washington University (GW) Health Workforce Institute, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), became the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity. Based at George Washington University’s Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity in Washington, D.C., the Fellows address inequalities in health care today. Each year, a cohort of 20 (10 of whom are American) are invited to participate in the program in a combination of online and in-person convenings. The 2019 Fellows included individuals from Nigeria, Iraq, Ghana, Malawi, India, Philippines, and 8 different US states, and came from a broad diversity of professions such as mental health, social work, art, public health, health policy, medicine, dentistry, and nursing.
>Learn more about the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity.
>Hear the 2019 cohort in their own words at Equity Talks @ GW.
Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South East Asia
Based at The Equity Initiative at the China Medical Board in Bangkok, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South East Asia was launched in 2016 in order to promote and improve health equity throughout the diverse region, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Each cohort is comprised of up to 25 leaders from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China. First-year Fellows convene in-person for 6 week-long learning events lead by leading experts and practitioners in such diverse fields as social activism, government policy makers, and academics. These events are supplemented with fieldwork, panel discussions, interactive peer sessions, and other activities that foster skills, strengthen collaboration, and build networks. For the second year, Fellows devise project designs that put into practice the core values of health equity and leadership, and include action, policy, or research.
> Learn more about the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South East Asia
> Meet the Fellows
Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa
Based at Tekano in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa seeks to shrink the gap in healthcare that continues to remain in the decades after apartheid. Annually, 25 emerging South African leaders of change are accepted for the year-long fellowship. In addition to coaching and mentoring support, the year is divided into four modules that educate the Fellows on the historical systems of injustice, the social determinates of health and health equity, health and healthcare systems, and the systems of power and privilege that impede social change.
> Learn more about the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa
> Meet the Fellows
- Betting Big on New Leaders in Health Equity by Christopher G. Oechsli, President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies (January 28, 2016)
- Transformative Leaders for Health Equity in Southeast Asia published by the China Medical Board (May 2, 2016)
- The Atlantic Philanthropies Announces the Atlantic Fellows Program and Creation of the Atlantic Institute to Sustain Global Network of Changemakers (May 31, 2016)
- Atlantic Fellows: Advancing Fairer, Healthier, More Inclusive Societies by Christopher G. Oechsli, President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies (May 31, 2016)
- Tekano: Novel Leadership Programme to Tackle South Africa’s Health Gap published by LeadSA (October 31, 2016)
- The Atlantic Philanthropies Establishes New Fellowship Program at Columbia University to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism in the U.S. and South Africa (October 25, 2016)
- New Leadership Needed to Address White Nationalism in U.S., Stalled Progress in South Africa (December 14, 2017)
- GW Health Workforce Institute Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship Joins Global Atlantic Fellows Program by the GW Health Workforce Institute (August 2, 2018)