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Applications for the 2020 Clinical Scholars applications open January 10.

Applications for the 2020 Clinical Scholars applications open January 10.

Clinical Scholars is pleased to announce that nine teams from North Carolina to Hawaii will be represented in the their 2019 cohort of fellows. These 35 providers include experienced physicians, pharmacists, social workers, nurse practitioners, dentists, and veterinarians tackling health equity issues in their communities.

All fellows sharpen their leadership skills during the three year program and receive funding towards health equity projects. An Asheville-based team is awarded $315,000 to provide supportive care and stable housing transitions for veterans. This three member team of fellows includes Kathy Avery, BSN, Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA), Francisco Castelblanco, DNP, RN, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC and UNC School of Nursing, and Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH, MAHEC. The team convenes with 2019 Clinical Scholars on October 26-30 in Durham, North Carolina.

Clinical Scholars is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2020 Clinical Scholars applications open January 10. Visit the website at for additional details.

Clinical Scholars is a national leadership development program for experienced health practitioners. Clinical Scholars fellows include pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians, dentists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and many others working in clinical or academic settings. Through mentoring, networking, and an intensive curriculum centered on equity, they deepen their influence and impact as leaders with the power to transform their workplaces and communities. Working in teams of three to five representing diverse disciplines, they design an innovative project to address a complex health problem in their area. Teams receive annual grant funding up to $525,000 so members can participate in the three-year program at no cost to themselves or their organizations. Clinical Scholars is one of several programs created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a network of strong, interdisciplinary leaders from every sector working to create a nation where everyone can reach their best possible health and well-being.

• Watch a 2-minute video about the program at

• View applicant criteria and sign up for applicant updates at

Clinical Scholars is led by co-directors Claudia Fernandez, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN and Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc and a team located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you have any questions, please contact the Deputy Director for Recruitment and Communications, Melissa Green, MPH at 919-843-3304 or

While Clinical Scholars is for healthcare providers from any discipline, there are also three other RWJF leadership programs you and your community should be aware of that are tailored for community leaders, researchers, and doctoral students.