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  • Format

    Online Course

  • Starting Date:

    September 19th, every Tuesday at 3pm EST

  • Duration

    6 weeks 90 min/week

  • Contribution


We’ve trained 300 mid-career healthcare professionals all over U.S.

Since 2019, People Power Health has provided comprehensive training to over 300 mid-career healthcare professionals nationwide. Through our programs, clinicians have been equipped to actively engage in various impactful endeavors, including voter registration, the fight for climate justice, and addressing systemic racism in healthcare.

This program is designed to

serve as an entry point for clinicians who want to take action to advance health equity, but don’t have experience in activism and community organizing.

Program Pedagogy

The skills and practices that we teach at HEART were used by activists across the globe and practiced through Leading Change Network and CANVAS. These practices are not fixed traits or prescriptions but rather frameworks for learning and growing your skills. Our core training pedagogy is based on teaching methods developed by prof. Marshall Ganz.

To establish a strong learning environment, HEART will implement:

  • Weekly 90-minute lectures

    Each week of the program includes a live session where key concepts will be taught and reviewed to enable participants to practice skills in a safe training environment.

  • Optional 60-minute reflection session

    The sessions are designed for participants to coach one another and model the development of an online learning community.

  • Experimental learning

    Participants will apply the skills from the program directly in their work on the ground, organizing people. Each segment of the program is designed to enable participants to acquire new leadership skills needed for their work.

  • Short interactive video lessons

    Learn the theory of Community Organizing on your own time. You’ll have lifetime access to any future updates, which come out before every new cohort.

  • Online community for health activists

    Connect with over 300 of the most dedicated health activism practitioners to get your questions answered and solve your challenges. You’ll have lifetime access to our ever-growing alumni community.

  • Health Justice Resource Center

    In partnership with LCN, get access to a database of real-world case studies, infographics, examples & guides on how to take action & teach activism.

HEART Program Week by Week

  • Introduction, Sept. 19th at 3pm EST

    To begin our journey, we build our program community and learn how to answer the most important question of activism - “Who are my people?” During this week, participants will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of the community organizing framework.

  • Vision of Tomorrow, Sept. 26th at 3pm EST

    What is the best way to build power? We will introduce participants to the basics of community organizing theory of change this week. Through analyzing the Montgomery Bus Boycott and more recent Vot-ER experiences, we will learn what are the sources of power in society and how to utilize your people's resources for change.

  • Teams, Oct. 3rd at 3pm EST

    We know our people and what they want in terms of change. It is time for us to create structure and practices so that our collective efforts are aligned. Using Ruth Wageman's groundbreaking work, we will introduce how to build effective, inclusive, and interdependent teams.

  • Strategy, Oct. 10th at 3pm EST

    Sun Tzu said, "Strategy without tactics leads to defeat; tactics without strategy is noise before defeat.". Our focus this week will be on creating and developing effective strategies and tactics. From examples of successful campaigns around the world, participants will learn how to envision their campaigns for change and practice "strategizing."

  • Leading (and surviving) Change, Oct. 17th at 3pm EST

    There is probably no week in the program that is more exciting than this one! Developing practices of activism will help you deal with drawbacks, pushbacks, misinformation, and other things that come along with making change.

  • Narrative Leadership, Oct. 24th at 3pm EST

    In this last lesson, we will explore the power of storytelling and how we can use it to inspire action. Our goal is to celebrate our community and introduce people to the exciting world of activism.

Our Lead Trainers

Pedja Stojicic, MD MPH

Executive Director

Pedja is passionate about enabling health leaders to use community organizing practices to advocate for equitable health and well-being. He currently serves as an executive lead for People Power Health. In the past, he was working with the CMS, Center for Public Health Leadership, Primary Care Progress, Way to Wellville, Healthcare Anchor Network, Center for Health Progress, and many others. Dr. Stojicic is an instructor for the DrPH Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health teaching two courses - Enabling Teams and Enabling Large System Change. Previously, Dr. Stojicic has served as president and executive director of Youth of JAZAS, a Serbian NGO fighting HIV/AIDS, and as a consultant for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia.

Sam Gonzalez

Project Manager

Sam is a passionate advocate for community organizing and its ability to promote equitable health. Currently, he works as an independent consultant, focusing on health policy. In the past, he held positions such as Senior Officer for Healthcare at the British Embassy in Mexico City and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at CHRISTUS Health Mexico. During his tenure, he successfully implemented and evaluated distance-learning courses and training programs in digital health. Sam, a physician by profession, earned his MSc from the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He currently resides in Mexico City, where he continues to pursue his interests.

Guest Speakers

Gaurab Basu, MD MPH

Guest Speaker

Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH is a physician and founding co-director of the CHA Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy (CHEEA). He is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Dr. Basu is a Health Equity Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment and Faculty Affiliate at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Srdja Popovic

Guest Speaker

Author of “Blueprint for Revolution”, in 2003 he started the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). CANVAS has worked with activists from 46 different countries. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and listed as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Alister Martin, MD

Guest Speaker

Former Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and now dually appointed as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and as Research Faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. White House fellow in the Office of the Vice President. Founder of Get Waivered and VotER.

Testimonials From The Previous Cohort

“It provided me with a lot of hope on how collective action can indeed make a change, and that's something I'm taking with me forever. ”

“Gave me tools to use in my journey that were flexible enough to apply to many different situations.”

“Every class was full of valuable lessons and wonderful connections that I look forward to continuously cultivate. ”

“I think the curriculum is good as well as the speakers. People should get the chance to take this course. ”

“While "health equity" can manifest in many ways, this course is a solid foundation to developing a collective and cohesive plan to implement a strategy to achieve.”

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