For the eighth year, the faculty of the Maryland Center for Health Equity partnered with the UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity to offer the Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) June 11-15, 2018 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Drs. Stephen Thomas, Sandra Quinn, and Craig Fryer led specific components of the week long institute.  Aimed at under-represented scholars at the level of post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty and other scholars committed to health equity research, this intensive week focused on research, career development, and the issues experienced by young scholars.  

 About HELI

The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is an intensive week-long “research boot camp” offered by the collaborative efforts of the MCHE and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Since its inception in 2010, HELI has become an annual summer educational event, focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities and health equity research.  The goal is to increase the likelihood these scholars will be successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine and other social and behavioral science disciplines. 

Each year, up to 30 scholars are invited to participate. Through presentations by health equity researchers, visits to community partner research sites, and large and small group sessions, HELI scholars receive career guidance, professional networking opportunities, manuscript and grant writing support and mock study sessions, as well as tips for mentor selection and work/life balance. 

The HELI program is offered at no registration cost to participants and lodging is provided. Sholars are responsible for travel costs and some meals, and are encouraged to explore funding sources within their own institutions.

To learn more about HELI, read our 2017 pulication in The Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI): Developing workforce capacity for health disparities research. For additional information and to hear from some of our HELI alum, please visit:

The Health Equity Leadership Institute is made possible through support of the Dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).



HELI Video 2 from UW CCHE on Vimeo.