Changemakers of Color



People of color are underrepresented in leadership roles in the healthcare sector, undermining the quality of care provided.

People of color who seek leadership positions in the healthcare industry often lack the personal and professional connections necessary for upward mobility. In addition, they often do not have access to training opportunities.

As a result, our industry is not reflective of the diverse communities we serve and represent, to the detriment of all involved. A diverse and inclusive workforce would produce more innovative strategies to addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. By increasing the number of diverse leaders in the health and human services sector, we can:

Improve access to care in underserved communities

Increase patient choice and satisfaction

Improve health outcomes

Enhance healthcare quality for vulnerable populations

Changemakers of Color
(COC) Pilot Program

To level the playing field, we have developed the Changemakers of Color (COC) pilot program. COC was created in an effort to improve the ability of people of color to compete for managerial and leadership positions in the health care sector in California, and to prepare them for success by enhancing their leadership skills.

COC is an intensive, one-year leadership development training program targeted at innovative, visionary, and emerging leaders of color.


  • Facilitated peer coaching twice per month
  • One-on-one mentoring every month
  • Two-hour management training sessions every other month
  • Opportunity to connect with local leaders in government and the nonprofit sector
  • Admission to the NSWM Annual Conference
  • An invitation to present your work at NSWM30 as part of a panel
  • Certificate of Completion and HSM Certificate
  • Recognition on our network website and in promotional campaigns
  • Access to our exclusive network of thought leaders
Through the course of the COC training program, you will expand your personal and professional networks, learn how to make valuable connections on your own, and strengthen your leadership and management skills.
All of this will give you the tools and supportive network you need to compete for and attain positions of leadership in the healthcare sector, succeed in those roles, and bring about impactful change.



Changemakers is a small, intimate program, with approximately 7 to 10 slots available. Requirements for this opportunity include:

A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts degree (social work degree not required)

Currently employed with a health organization in California

Currently a manager, and/or demonstrates the capacity to move into a leadership role (as shown in a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor)

To apply for the COC program, applicants must submit the following:

Resume or C/V

Letter of recommendation from current employer Description of:

Why you are interested in the COC program and hope to accomplish.
The length of time you have worked in the healthcare sector.
Your career aspirations.
Your biography (including a photo).

A personal statement on race equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

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Mentor Eligibility Criteria:

Member of The Network for Social Work Management. Membership is free! Join here.

Academic credentials: MSW or other Master level degree

10+ years of executive leadership experience in the human service sector (preference given to seasoned healthcare professionals)

Availability to participate through the length of the program (1 year, January 2019 to January 2020)

Access to equipment (internet and telephone)

To apply for the COC program, mentors must submit the following:

Resume or C/V

Cover Letter

Head Shot. Note that if you submit a head shot and are accepted to the program, we intend to use it for the NSWM website & campaigns

Mentors will receive a complimentary registration to the 30th Annual Management Conference ($325 value).

Mentors are volunteers and will not be offered any additional remuneration.

Mentors are expected to meet with their Changemaker once per month for a minimum of one hour.


Applications are due Friday, November 16, 2018