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Steven McCullough named an Ambassador for Health Equity

By Anya Alexander June 27, 2016

Communities In Schools (CIS) is proud to announce that Steven McCullough, Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, has been selected to participate in the Ambassadors for Health Equity fellowship — a joint venture led by PolicyLink and FSG, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  McCullough will join 15 other leaders in the public, private, and social sector to participate in a year-long program — launched this June — to empower them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions, and promote a Culture of Health within their own work and across networks. 

For too long, our nation has attempted to improve health by focusing primarily on the health care system. To truly achieve health equity, where everyone — regardless of race, neighborhood, or financial status — has the opportunity for health, we must also consider the broader determinants of health, including community environment, education, employment, housing, income, and public safety.

“At Communities In Schools, we see first-hand the challenges that our students face both academically and non-academically, particularly in low-income and rural communities, where typically greater disparities in health exist,” said McCullough. “Our mission is to surround students with a community of support and the adequate resources they need to stay in school and achieve in life.”

This fellowship will allow CIS to bring forth a unique perspective to the table and collaborate with other leaders to discuss solutions that will improve health and eliminate disparities to achieve health equity for low-income people and people of color.

That is why Communities In Schools is excited to have McCullough join other innovative leaders to collaborate around advancing systemic solutions in health equity. 

Over the course of a year, ambassadors will participate in five in-person meetings, a series of webinars, and ongoing online engagement that will empower them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions, and promote health equity within their own work. Ambassadors will also apply the skills and connections gained through this fellowship to a specific project tied to their work as part of an ongoing commitment to foster practices in their own organizations that advance health equity. 

This fellowship is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of their ongoing Open Box initiative, which seeks to advance health equity by convening leaders from a variety of sectors to promote policies, practices, and systems that foster a Culture of Health. Building a Culture of Health means focusing on the grander whole of what being healthy and staying healthy means — ensuring students are ready to learn, workers are able to be productive, and families can thrive across every community.