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The Health Leads Network was created to bring action-oriented practitioners together to collaborate, share, and learn from each other. Together, we’ll translate critical front-line experience into tangible tools, guidance, and learning opportunities — all designed to support you in advancing the integration of essential needs into community-led health initiatives. Read our welcome message and check out the Network Overview to learn more about how we work and learn together


The Health Leads Network is a community of healthcare practitioners and caregivers who are taking action to address essential needs within their organizations. They work in a wide range of health system roles and settings — but share a commitment to drive improvement initiatives on the ground and advance health equity in their communities.

The Network promotes collective learning by sharing promising practices gathered through on-the-ground engagements across the country. Members contribute practical knowledge and expertise, participate in collaborative learning and insight development, and access new ideas and approach through a growing library of tools and resources.


The Network offers the kind of tangible resources, learning, and community that healthcare practitioners need to turn community health goals into action. Our efforts tackle several of the key barriers front-line practitioners and caregivers face in pursuing health equity.

Finance, Payment & Policy

Developing sustainable finance, payment and policy models to support the work

Harnessing Data

Capturing and applying on-the-ground data on community needs, resources and impact to improve care delivery and population health

Community Partnerships & Engagements

Establishing strong partnerships to connect patients to essential resources and engage communities in setting shared health aims

Workforce & Authentic Relationships

Fostering policies, processes and support to sustain a workforce that develops authentic relationships and meets patients where they are


Health Leads Network Content

Barriers And Opportunities: Doula Care In The Age Of The Pandemic

Despite their proven effectiveness in improving birth outcomes, Doulas continue to face barriers to providing care that have been further intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource shares learnings from a series of focus groups Health Leads conducted with Doulas working in New York City, presenting challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for how institutions can better integrate and support doulas into the care team.

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Health Leads Network Content

Best Practices: Using Social Determinants Of Health Resource And Referral Data To Increase Equitable Access And Connection Rates To Essential Resources

Grounded in Health Leads’ 10+ years of experience in resource database management, this report provides insight into how data usage and interpretation can impact equitable access to resources and improve connection rates.

Vaccine Equity Bright Spot Briefing: Increasing Access and Readiness in Latinx Communities

Latinx communities across the U.S. continue to be underrepresented among those vaccinated for COVID-19. As…

Our library of resources grows each week with the addition of new tools, research and best practices — covering these key barriers and a number of other important topics. Take a look at all we offer.

Have questions on how the Network can support your work? Want additional information on opportunities for collaboration or learning? Don’t hesitate to reach out directly. We’d love to hear from you!

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