Announcements and Opportunities

 The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion announces the inaugural Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Health Equity Fellowship.

Application Deadline - September 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm for July 1, 2020 entry


Please see or the attached program flyer for complete application information. Anyone interested in applying to the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Health Equity Fellowship must also apply to the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship Program. It is one application, and on the Harvard-wide Pediatric HSR Fellowship Program application there is a box to check to indicate interest in being considered for the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Health Equity Fellowship.


The Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Health Equity Fellowship aims to:

  • Train individuals to address critical gaps in pediatric health equity research, including studies of social determinants of health, quality, outcomes and cost effectiveness of care.
  • Support completion and publication of studies designed to improve the capacity of Boston Children’s Hospital, and the U.S. health care system more generally, to meet the needs of children and families, with a particular emphasis on those from underrepresented populations/vulnerable populations in the U.S.
  • Provide training in research methods and performance improvement methods, including those of implementation science, to optimize care delivery, patient experience, and patient outcomes in real world settings.

Fellowship requirements:
This two-year fellowship includes intensive mentorship, a MPH degree in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, structured weekly seminars with the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, and leadership forums in minority health policy, faculty development, equity and social justice seminars, and group meetings with the Harvard Medical School Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

The fellow will have assigned faculty mentors from both the Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship.

The fellow is expected to devote a minimum of 80% effort to research with up to 20% clinical time. The Fellowship covers MPH tuition, and salary is supported by the Sponsoring Division/Department.

Outstanding postdoctoral clinicians and scientists, as well as faculty members (generalists and subspecialists) based at Boston Children’s Hospital. Individuals who are underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply, yet all individuals are eligible.

Address questions to Valerie L. Ward, MD, MPH, Medical Director in the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, at or Erinn Rhodes MD, MPH, Associate Program Director, Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, at

 Seeking a Part-Time Research Collaborator: The “Kind Care Bundle” Curriculum

Simple behaviors can have a dramatic impact on patient-clinician relationships. We have developed a “Kind Care” curriculum based on a bundle of concrete verbal and non-verbal behaviors physicians can use to show attention, kindness, and compassion to their patients. The curriculum has previously been piloted with hospital inpatients and 40 pre-clinical medical students at Harvard Medical School.   Qualitative and quantitative findings were presented at Medical Education Research Day 2018 and are currently being submitted for publication. We plan to expand this study to a wider pre-clinical student sample and to other study populations, including clinicians at different levels of training and at different institutions.

We are seeking a curious, compassionate, and motivated research collaborator who can commit an average of 4-5 hrs/week to assist with preparation for and facilitation of curricular sessions, data acquisition, and data analysis. This collaborator will be a partner in our academic project and will have opportunities to develop and complete primary analyses of his/her own as well as submit results for publication. If you are a medical student, you can obtain credit for this work through the SOC100 Independent Study Courses. If you are a resident or fellow we can help you develop your own arm of the study as part of a program research requirement. We will help you work out what works best for you.

Please reach out with questions or to indicate your interest by emailing