HELI Scholars

HEalth Equity leadership institute


The annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is a weeklong “research boot camp” focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities research to achieve health equity. HELI reflects an important academic consortium between two NIH funded Centers of Excellence: CCHE and the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. HELI targets junior faculty in an effort to increase the likelihood of their promotion and tenure at health science research institutions.

Check out the HELI blog that is also highlighted on our homepage.

HELI Publication

We’re pleased to share a July 2017 publication discussing our successful HELI model.

Butler III J, Fryer CS, Ward E, Westaby K, Adams A, Esmond S, Garza MA, Hogle JA, Scholl L, Quinn SC, Thomas SB, Sorkness C. The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI): Developing Workforce Capacity for Health Disparities Research. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1-7. doi:10.1017/cts.2017.6.

UPDATE: HELI 2019 will take place June 17-21, 2019 in Madison, WI!


The 2018 Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) took place Sunday, June 10 – Friday, June 15, 2018.

Learn more on the HELI website!

*Not picture: Dr. Madelyne Greene


HELI intentionally invites ongoing feedback & reflection throughout the weeklong experience. Some of what we heard in 2018 includes:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  For the first time, I felt like I really fit in with my colleagues.”

“HELI allowed time for active reflection in a safe place, a time for affirmation, encouragement, and development of relationships. This program does not compare to anything else I have attended.”

Some of what we heard in 2016 includes:

“Thank you. It’s been great to be in this space. I said I needed allies. You guys are more than allies, you’re accomplices. I found accomplices here.”

“What distinguishes [HELI] is the deliberate nature of intentional reflection. The intentional pre-survey and pre-work we had to do in advance. The reflective nature is the secret sauce. You take us out of our silos where we’re all machines and let us just be.”

“I thought I was coming to a usual conference where you hear techniques and skills. This was, HERE are tricks to help you survive and to meet other peoples’ needs. It wasn’t just leaving with a toolbox; it was leaving with an experience, a support system, and a network of friends.”