FUSE Executive Fellow - LA Equitable Healthcare
LA County’s new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Initiative is working with government agencies, healthcare partners, and the greater community to build a world of healthcare that is fairer and just for both patients and staff. The FUSE Executive Fellow will create and execute a comprehensive EDIA capacity-building training program for the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN) workforce, thereby increasing the quality of care and improving all LA County residents' health, equity, and resilience.
Fellowship Dates: April 22, 2024 – April 21, 2025
Executive Fellows are FUSE employees and receive an annual base salary of $80,000. Fellows can also access various health, dental, and vision insurance benefits. Compensation for this year of public service is not intended to represent market-rate compensation for the experienced professionals in our program.
ABOUT THE FUSE EXECUTIVE FELLOWSHIP
FUSE is a national nonprofit working to expand social and economic opportunities, particularly for communities that have been limited by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism. FUSE partners with local governments and communities to more effectively address pressing challenges by placing experienced professionals within city and county agencies. These FUSE Executive Fellows lead strategic projects designed to advance racial equity and accelerate systems change. Since 2012, FUSE has led over 250 projects in 40 governments across 20 states, impacting the lives of 25 million people.
When designing each fellowship project, FUSE works closely with government partners and local stakeholders to define a scope of work that will achieve substantive progress toward regional priorities. FUSE then conducts an individualized search for each project to ensure that the selected candidate has at least 15 years of professional experience, the required competencies for the role, and deep connections to the communities being served. They are data-driven and results-oriented and able to effectively manage complex projects by developing actionable roadmaps and monitoring progress to completion.
Executive Fellows are hired as FUSE employees and embedded in government agencies for at least one year of full-time work. Throughout their fellowships, they receive training, coaching, and professional support from FUSE to help achieve their project goals. FUSE Executive Fellows bring diverse perspectives and new approaches to their projects. They build strong relationships with diverse arrays of stakeholders, foster alignment within and across various layers of government, and build partnerships between governments and communities.
In 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced racism as a public health crisis. As leaders who provide health services for the Greater Los Angeles community, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is invested in doing its part to address this crisis head-on. In 2021, DHS established an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Initiative to help government agencies, healthcare partners, and the greater community work together to build a fairer healthcare world for patients and staff.
During 40 community engagement sessions, DHS collected ideas on creating safe, inclusive and welcoming patient care practices for all communities. DHS used this collaborative effort to develop the LA Health Services EDIA Initiative 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. The Plan outlines how to address healthcare disparities across greater LA best. The DHS is now working to implement Objective 3 of the plan - a system-wide EDIA capacity-building program for all health services workforce members.
LA County will partner with FUSE to create and execute a comprehensive EDIA capacity-building training program for all new hires and current workforce members. The FUSE Executive Fellow will conduct a landscape analysis to determine current capacity, design a capacity-building training curriculum, and oversee program implementation and evaluation. Ultimately, this work will help LA County actualize its EDIA goals of advancing equity and justice for all patients, workforce, and communities by providing quality trauma-informed care, strengthening community-based collaboration, dismantling systemic anti-Black racism, and creating an inclusive, anti-supremacist, and culturally responsive environment.
PROJECT SUMMARY & POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES
The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the fellowship.
Beginning in April 2024, the FUSE Executive Fellow will engage with DHS and LA County healthcare providers to design and implement a system-wide EDIA Capacity Building program for all 30,000 DHS workforce members. Ultimately, this will help execute EDIA’s new strategic plan to embed EDIA principles in the training and actions of all health services providers, thereby increasing the quality of care and improving the health, equity, and resilience of all LA County residents.
The FUSE Executive Fellow will begin by conducting a landscape analysis and listening tour to assess EDI’s current capacity. The FUSE Executive Fellow will work to encourage diversity and inclusivity throughout this process to ensure a range of perspectives and expertise that center historically disinvested communities such as low-income households and communities of color are included.
The FUSE Executive Fellow will develop an EDIA Capacity Building Training Curriculum for all DHS personnel. The training program will target existing workforce and new hires, in addition to supplemental leadership and role-specific training. The curriculum will be designed to educate all levels of the workforce to eliminate disparities for patients in healthcare access, treatment, and outcomes that are based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors to achieve more equitable health outcomes for all individuals. This training will significantly help workforce members recognize and combat unconscious biases that may affect decision-making and care delivery to increase fairer treatment and more accurate diagnoses.
The FUSE Executive Fellow will work with the Chief Equity and Engagement Officers across DHS to provide individual support and strategic guidance to all providers to implement the new training curriculums and EDIA's expected practices. This will include identifying key stakeholders at each agency and engaging with them to build community and stakeholder buy-in for the program.
The FUSE Executive Fellow will develop and implement a process to evaluate and continuously improve the new EDIA capacity-building program. This will include establishing measures to assess the effectiveness of the new training curriculum’s capacity to create systemic change.
As time allows, the FUSE Executive Fellow will also support ongoing EDIA culture change within specific facilities by developing and implementing an EDIA educational resource and supportive service program.
By April 2025, the FUSE Executive Fellow will have overseen the following:
- Conduct a Landscape Analysis- Execute a listening tour and landscape analysis to determine the current EDIA capacity of facilities within the DHS enterprise, with additional support being provided to our Ambulatory Care Network as needed, ensuring that a range of perspectives and expertise are included to center historically disinvested communities such as low-income households and communities of color.
- Design and Implement Training Program- Design a strategic capacity-building training program for new and current workforce members across all levels; collaborate and engage with relevant stakeholders to implement the training program at DHS facilities; and develop and implement a process to evaluate and continuously improve the program.
- Executive Sponsor – Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County, CA
- Project Supervisor – Danielle Gautt, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County, CA
In addition to the qualifications listed below, a background in stakeholder engagement and project management is strongly preferred for this project. Must demonstrate a commitment to work that achieves health equity and centers on community collaboration.
- Synthesizes complex information into clear and concise recommendations and action-oriented implementation plans.
- Develops and effectively implements both strategic and operational project management plans.
- Generates innovative, data-driven, and result-oriented solutions to complex challenges.
- Responds quickly to changing ideas, responsibilities, expectations, trends, strategies, and other processes.
- Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing and excels in both active listening and conversing.
- Fosters collaboration across multiple constituencies to support more effective decision-making.
- Establishes and maintains strong relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders, both inside and outside of government, and particularly including community-based relationships.
- Embraces differing viewpoints and implements strategies to find common ground.
- Demonstrates confidence and professional diplomacy while effectively interacting with individuals at all levels of various organizations.
FUSE is an equal-opportunity employer with core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.