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Everyday People Advancing Health Equity Across Communities

In Boston, residents separated by two stops on the Orange Line have a life expectancy gap of 23 years. While this injustice is striking, driving change can feel overwhelming. That's why GenUnity's Health Equity Program equips people with the relationships, knowledge, and skills to advance health equity in their community.

The Journey to Equitable Health Outcomes

Our Health Equity program unites a diverse group of Bostonians, from those directly impacted by health inequities, to hospitals, health insurers, life science companies, governments, and nonprofits.

During our 10-week program, you’ll engage with fellow members and local leaders to examine our health systems — from the role of policies and money, to disparities in social services and mental health. Together, you’ll surface new ideas and build the individual and collective power to realize more equitable health outcomes.

On completing the program, you'll join our Lifetime Community of Practice as an Andrew Dreyfus Community Leadership Fellow. Here, you’ll connect with hundreds of GenUnity members across our programs and receive ongoing support to drive change in your workplace and community.

Click here to learn what four of our past participants have to say about the Health Equity Program.

Why Join the Program?

Build lasting relationships with 50 everyday leaders committed to health equity.

Connect with health experts, from patients to policymakers.

Strengthen your understanding of our health systems and capacity to drive change.

"I'm grateful GenUnity gave us the space to share our stories and lay the foundation for our hopes and plans to build a better world."

Kathy Henriquez,
Health Equity '22 cohort

"For me, partnering with GenUnity is a must. Realizing Health Equity starts with each of us exercising our power to make change, and GenUnity is activating a unique multi-racial, cross-class, and intergenerational coalition of residents to do so."

Michael Curry,
President & CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Program Overview

Program Kickoff

Program Kickoff

Lay the groundwork for the program with a kickoff event to build cohort relationships and foundational training on active listening, effective inquiry, and health justice.

Community partner sessions

Community partner sessions

Engage directly with community leaders in small-group sessions to discover why health inequities persist and how to become the driving force for positive change in your community.

Cohort sessions

Cohort sessions

Immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions about critical health equity issues and develop innovative action plans alongside our experienced facilitators and fellow program members.

Program celebration

Program celebration

Reflect and celebrate the program journey with your cohort and our community partners. Following the program, you'll have the chance to join our lifetime member community as an Andrew Dreyfus Community Leadership Fellow, where you'll connect with hundreds of everyday leaders and have access to additional resources to drive change.

Program Costs and Stipends

We offer different membership options to make our program accessible to everyone.


  • Employer Sponsorship: Most businesses can sponsor their employees for free through our partnership with the Commonwealth Corporation Workforce Training Fund Express program.
    • If you believe your employer might be interested in sponsoring you, either through this partnership or with their own funds, let us know in your application.
    • If you’re an employer interested in sponsoring your employees, you can reach out to reach out to our team at team@genunity.org
  • Scholarships and Stipends: We offer scholarships and stipends up to $30/hour for program members who require financial assistance.

Program Schedule

Mark these important dates and times in your calendar so you don’t miss any of our program events and sessions:

Program Kickoff (in-person)

September 16, 2023

Cohort Sessions (on Zoom)

Every other Thursday, 6 - 8 PM ET, September 21 - November 9

Community partner sessions (on Zoom)

One hour per week, biweekly, flexible to your schedule

Program Celebration (in-person)

November 16, 2023

Program Kickoff (in-person)

March 23, 2024 (2 - 3 hours)

Cohort Sessions (on Zoom)

March 28 - May 16, Every other Thursday, 6 - 8 PM ET

Community partner sessions (on Zoom)

One hour per week, biweekly, flexible to your schedule

Program Celebration (in-person)

May 23, 2024

Program Application Process

Your journey to making health more equitable for everyone starts here! Take 30 minutes to complete our application today.

After reviewing your application, we may invite you to a 20-minute interview to learn more about you. Our team will then reach out to share a final decision on your application as soon as we are able.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our team at team@genunity.org

Apply for our program

The Greater Boston Area is home to some of the world’s most renowned medical schools, hospitals, and innovators in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Yet, in the shadow of these institutions, the residents of Boston face stark health inequities that result in poor health outcomes — particularly in historically marginalized communities. 

Download our whitepaper to learn more about the Health Equity landscape in Greater Boston, the inherent challenges in its ecosystem, and the solutions that can illuminate a path towards progress and meaningful change. 

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