Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program Names First Cohort
Clinical Scholars is a national leadership program led by UNC SOM faculty members Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, and Claudia Fernandez, DrPH, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program, which recently named its first class of scholars, prepares health care providers and practitioners to expand their influence beyond the hospital or clinic to advance a Culture of Health — one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.
Improving health and reducing persistent disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States requires clinical innovation and community transformation. A new national leadership program has just selected its first cohort of fellows who will advance both.
Clinical Scholars, a national leadership program, kicks off this fall with 30 innovative clinicians from many fields and specialties who will collaborate to tackle pressing health problems from every angle. Led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Clinical Scholars prepares health care providers and practitioners to expand their influence beyond the hospital or clinic to advance a Culture of Health—one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.
“Health care providers got into this business to make people’s lives better. We know we can’t do that just by working in the clinic or hospital, and we can’t do it alone,” says Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith, Clinical Scholars co-director and Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Center of Health Equity Research. “This program lets providers stretch beyond their specialty or daily work setting, thinking together about how to attack ‘wicked’ health problems by drawing from every clinical practice and engaging with their community.”