Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship 2018 for young health professionals (Fully Funded to Washington, DC and Aspen, CO, USA)

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Application Deadline:November 16, 2018.

A healthy community is characterized not only by the absence of illness but by attributes that promote well-being and enable a high quality of life. In the US and across the globe, people are taking community-building into their own hands, bringing fresh produce to food deserts, demanding better public locations for physical activity, and advocating for clean water, public safety, and quality health services.

The Aspen Global Innovators Group and the Aetna Foundation are committed to amplifying the voices of local leaders spearheading community initiatives addressing inequities through the lens of the social determinants of health. The social determinants of health include social and environmental factors that affect life expectancy outside the doctor’s office, like education, unemployment, food insecurity, housing, gender, race, and disability.

The Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship will select 5 leaders working on these issues to participate in a curated, one-year fellowship program to develop their voices as experts in the field of the social determinants of health. 

Each fellow will:

Selection Criteria

Individuals that are selected to participate in the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship will meet the following selection criteria:

  • Focused on improving health outcomes in the US by addressing the social determinants of health, including the environment, education, income inequality, unemployment, food insecurity, housing, social inclusion, health services, gender, race, or disability
  • Has a record of significant positive impact in a local community by addressing the social determinants of health in an innovative way, using an explicit equity lens
  • Fellow, organization, and community will uniquely benefit from activities of Aspen-Aetna Fellowship, as articulated in fellowship application
  • Has a passionate, personal connection to the community and the work
  • Demonstrates a willingness to receive collaborative feedback from group of fellows and trainers
  • Committed to work towards breakthroughs that improve health outcomes for everyone, everywhere


Fellows will receive:

  • Storytelling workshop, including writing and public speaking training, in Washington, DC
  • Participation in Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health conference, June 20-23, 2019 in Aspen, CO
  • Access to opportunities to share their stories and bring attention to their work

The Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship is unpaid; however, all travel, lodging and workshop costs will be covered by the program. Fellows must commit to participate in 2 in-person events in Washington, DC and Aspen, CO in January and June of 2019.


  • Applications will be accepted from Monday, September 17, 2018 through Friday, November 16, 2018.
  • Five fellows will be selected and notified by Monday, December 17, 2018.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship 2018 

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