Through the strong history, mission, and values of MSM, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)  is committed to developing the next generation of health leaders and professionals.


Our mission is to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies and practices toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health with the focus on neglected diseases and underserved populations, while giving priority to health promotion and disease prevention.


The SHLI vision is to become an internationally renowned institute of leadership development for individuals committed to the reduction and ultimate elimination of health disparities. The SHLI values diversity, integrity, trustworthiness, consensus-building, prevention as a priority, and access to quality healthcare for all persons.


The SHLI leadership development model has been designed by a preeminent advisory board of 23 individuals. Participants will include young students, undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals engaged in or pursuing interests in health policy and equity specifically focused on the elimination of health disparities. The innovative curriculum includes both research and action-oriented components. For instance, fellows and scholars will devote their studies and research on health-disparity topics. Participants will be instructed on these topics as well, but will also learn skills such as consensus-building strategies designed to find common ground among advocates who would normally oppose one another. And, perhaps most critical, after participants have completed the program they will continue to be connected to the institute, which will offer mentoring and resources to support their efforts; in turn, they will serve as a resource for the SHLI.


By providing the education, skills, and ongoing support to advocates, the SHLI will not only improve the lives of those who suffer from our system's disparities, but will strengthen the system's infrastructure and the quality of care for all. Left unchecked, the crisis of our current system will jeopardize the future of millions of people worldwide.


Current programs of the SHLI include the following:


    • Center of Excellence for Sexual Health - CESH was developed to implement actions proposed in the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. Its mission is to raise the level of national dialogue on human sexuality and sexual health and well being in a sustained, informed, honest, mature, and respectful manner, and to produce actions that reflect scientific evidence and deeply held beliefs.

    • Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved - Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, this national program works with eight communities in areas that are home to some of the nation's most underserved populations, such as immigrants and the homeless. The program's mission is to develop innovative models for improving access and the quality of healthcare and health outcomes. Its approach is both preventative and holistic; For instance, Community Voices has done studies of the link between mental health services and prison inmates, as well as established a men's health clinic.

    • Division of Health Policy - The Division of Health Policy is focused on providing leadership and preparing leaders committed to developing and implementing policies and practices that reduce disparities in health and advance health equity.

    • Division of Behavioral Health - The mission of this Office is to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in behavioral health, including mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. We achieve our mission through training and development of existing and emerging leaders, empowering and supporting community leadership, and providing leadership to inform meaningful and effective policy and practice in Behavioral Health. Our programs include the Three Dimensional Mental Health and Post-Doctoral Health Policy Leadership Fellowship on Mental Health.

    • Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention-The Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is designed to close the gap between academic health centers and the communities of greatest need by engaging with the people most affected by health disparities.


 The core leadership development programs of SHLI will draw upon the expertise and experience of these existing programs to support fellow's training, undergraduate teaching, and leadership support strategy. Leadership exists in various capacities and we plan to engage individuals, organizations, institutions and corporations to advance the elimination of health disparities worldwide.