Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

National Urban Fellows

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

October 2015

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

2006 – 2014


NYHealth is committed to promoting diversity and leadership within the fields of health care and philanthropy by serving as a mentorship site for the National Urban Fellows (NUF) program.

The NUF program matches multi-ethnic, multicultural mid-career women and men with nonprofit and government organizations across the country, with the goal of fostering leadership skills. Fellows receive a Master of Public Administration degree upon completion of their mentorships and academic requirements. NYHealth’s participation in the NUF program helps prepare potential leaders who are interested in pursuing careers in philanthropy and the health care industry. Each year since 2006, a NUF fellow has worked with staff at NYHealth on several projects designed specifically for their mentorship year.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Fellows developed and improved upon their leadership skills to become dynamic, mission-driven, results-oriented strategic planners.
  • Fellows were given the opportunity and were specifically encouraged to engage in open communication with members of NYHealth’s senior management team, who also served as mentors.
  • Fellows gained valuable professional experience and honed leadership skills by working on specific projects in close collaboration with senior staff and mentors.
  • Fellows resolved issues creatively, managed work effectively, and improved their verbal, writing, and listening skills through opportunities to engage in analytical work and creative collaboration.
  • Fellows strengthened their commitment to public service and their passion to work for equity and social justice.