How We're Different


We seek to disrupt colonial & unidirectional approaches to health education by ensuring half of our fellows in each cohort come from underserved communities.


HEAL fellows range from physicians to program managers, pharmacists to nurses, behavioral health coaches to community health workers. We believe that diverse groups of health workers create better solutions.


All fellows spend all their time during fellowship with the underserved, either in Navajo Nation, Salinas, California, or with partners in rural, low and middle income countries.

Building Partnerships

We partner with hospitals, and NGOs on the front line of the health equity movement -- organizations who deliver holistic and equity based health programs to the most marginalized. Visit our Partner Sites page for more info.

Staying Power

We don’t believe short term, mission like fly in fly out care supports long term transformation. At HEAL, fellows commit two years to learning from and walking with local resource-denied hospitals and communities. Many fellows stay on after the fellowship.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
Lilla Watson
Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s