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CITY OF EVANSTON: Evanston Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas-Smith Completes Health Equity Fellowship


By Press release submission | Aug 1, 2018

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City of Evanston issued the following announcement on July 26.

City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department Director Evonda Thomas-Smith recently completed the 2017-2018 Health Equity Awakened Leadership Fellowship, which was conducted by Human Impact Partners. During the yearlong program, 18 Leadership Fellows from local health departments across the country explored strategies to advance racial and social justice in public health, data-driven framing, and tools for systems change.

As part of the program, the Fellows met for in-person trainings and retreats three times and participated in monthly webinars and video trainings to build additional knowledge and skill sets and to create a space for peer support and mentorship.

“The Health Equity Awakened Leadership Fellowship provided a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from and collaborate with health leaders across the nation to advance racial justice and health equity,” Thomas-Smith explained. “Participating in the program has shifted my public health practice from a traditional approach to a social justice approach, helping to better identify the impacts of oppression and racism while tapping into the strengths of the community we serve.”

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the first cohort of health department leaders met between November 2014 and January 2015, exploring frameworks and deepening their analysis. The California Endowment and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are now funding the latest iteration of the program.

Original source can be found here.

Source: City of Evanston

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