California Leadership Fellowship Program

The NHHF California Leadership Fellowship is an executive training program that aims to advance the careers of Hispanic physicians pursuing work with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, State, and City Health Commissioner positions, and academic leaders in medical schools, chief medical officers in federal clinics and private practice. 
"The purpose of the NHHF Leadership Fellowship is to assist in the development of leadership potential among physician members of the National Hispanic Health Foundation. The Leadership Fellowship aims to increase the number of skilled Hispanic physicians who may be eligible for entry to the pool of applicants for policy making and executive positions within the state government and the private sector at decision-making levels. The ultimate outcome is to improve the quality of health of all Americans."

Annual Conference

The fellowship program commences at NHMA Annual Conference where incoming fellows have the opportunity to meet one another in-person, as well as connect with previous Leadership Fellowship Alumni. As part of the program, the fellows are appointed to policy analysis teams to create policy recommendations for NHHF key advocacy priorities (Medical Education Diversity & Mental Health). The fellows then present their projects at NHMA Annual Conference. 


Virtual Series 

Throughout the summer, the NHHF fellows participate in weekly virtual training seminars facilitated by Core Faculty. These weekly-Friday afternoon webinars take place from 2:00 - 4:30 PM ET, and consist of expert speakers from public health, media, advocacy and leaders from different stakeholders in the public health arena to address leadership skills and health disparities in the Hispanic community. 


Sacramento Institute Week 

A 4-day Sacramento Institute trip is planned in September. During this week, seminars will be held and fellows will be meeting with the California Health and Human Services and its related key agencies to discuss public health initiatives that benefit their Hispanic constituency.


Meet our 2023 Leadership Fellows

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Required Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S licensed physicians (at least 5 years out of training)

  • Documented leadership experience

  • Commitment to serving the Latino community

  • Strong interest in public health leadership at a state level

  • Must attend NHMA's 30th Anniversary & Health Leadership Summit (April 11 - 13, 2024) in Washington, DC

  • Participate in weekly virtual training sessions from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT, May - July, 2024

  • Participate in-person for Sacramento Institute, CA in August, 2024 

For more information regarding the leadership fellowship program, please contact program coordinator:

 Candice Jimenez


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