Health Policy Leadership Needs and Impact



This study proposes to understand, share, and implement effective strategies and techniques for training leaders, from a cross section of the community with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and positions, in health policy to address the elimination of health disparities and achieve health equity. In order to develop, implement, and change health policy to address disparities in health, leaders need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experiences. 

Specific Aims

Currently, health policy leadership training opportunities focused on the elimination of health disparities are limited and the impact of such training programs on health policies and health disparities is unknown. This project is designed to help gain a greater understanding of the role health policy leadership programs play in the quest to eliminate health disparities.  Our specific aims are:

  1. To identify health policy leaders’ training needs for developing, implementing, and changing policies that reduce disparities and advance health equity;
  2. To develop a range of health policy leadership training programs (in the Health Policy Center) at SHLI/MSM to meet the needs of health professionals, community leaders, and students;
  3. To evaluate the impact of SHLI health policy training programs in developing health leaders prepared to promote and implement policies to reduce disparities and advance health equity.



Research & Outreach Activities


Health Policy leaders’ needs assessment


Systematic review on health disparities/ equity focused health policy training programs


Evaluate and refine SHLI leadership training programs


Health Policy leadership alumni impact tracking

HP Leadership Spotlight

Investigators and Project Staff

Carey Roth Bayer headshot
Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, MEd, BSN, RN, CSE
Principal Investigator
Director, Center of Excellence for Sexual Health
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Harry Heiman (2)
Harry Heiman, MD, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator
Director, Division of Health Policy
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Ebony Townsend Headshot (1)
Ebony Townsend, MSPH
Program Manager
Deborah Jones headshot (1)
Deborah Jones
Administrative Assistant
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Harriet Browne
Research Assistant


David Satcher: Interview at The Kennedy Forum
David Satcher: Leadership in the Quest for Health Equity (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Harry J. Heiman: Beyond Sectors, Silos, & Disciplines: Advancing Health in All Policies (RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative


HP Resources