Allied Health Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

Allied Health Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Fellowship

The Allied Health Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's is a one-year project-based experience dedicated to improving access to care in underserved areas, improving staff knowledge relative to DEI, and expanding partnerships within the local Cincinnati communities. Four disciplines – Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy & Speech Language Pathology – collaborate to meet the above goals while increasing diversity within their respective departments. This fellowship allows individuals to build relationships and grow as diverse leaders throughout Cincinnati Children’s.

Fellowship Experience

Allied Health DEI Fellows provide clinical services for approximately 75% of their time, while 25% is dedicated to diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives including:

  • Education / Learning Experiences: Attend lectures and presentations related to leadership & diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Project Work: Execute individual and group projects that target healthcare inequities or promote diversity, equity & inclusion.
  • Community Outreach: Collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to increase knowledge of Allied Health disciplines among middle, high school and college age students as well as local communities.

Project Work

Current Projects

  • Create a "how-to" guide for use by audiologists to perform community and professional outreach
  • Identify barriers and develop interventions to increase diverse participation in Cincinnati Children's Be.Well Program that offers a variety of health/wellness services.
  • Development of a repository of community outreach opportunities for speech language pathologists.
  • Maximize treatment interventions to reduce health inequities in the sickle cell patient population.

Past Projects

  • Analyze the no-show rates of hearing aid patients and how it compares to the loss to follow-up rates of the birth to three population. 
  • Develop a sustainable infrastructure for Departmental DEI initiatives in concordance with Pursuing Our Potential Together – with focus on People, Cultural Competence, Equity & Health and Community.
  • Reduce the loss to follow up in the Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT) population by better understanding barriers to receiving care. 

Requirements and Eligibility

Eligibility requirements include recent graduates of a master’s level-or above degree in one of the following areas: Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology. A recent graduate is defined as someone who has graduated from an accredited university within a year of the fellowship’s July start date. Individuals who are currently practicing and are eligible for a license to practice in the state of Ohio are also eligible to apply for the Allied Health DEI Fellowship.

Unfortunately, our fellowship is currently not accepting applications from candidates who require immigration or work visa sponsorship.

Cincinnati Children’s is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Salary and Benefits

The Allied Health DEI Fellow will receive a comprehensive package with a competitive salary.

Informational Webinar

The Allied Health DEI fellows will host two informational webinars each year – late fall and early spring.

For further information and/or additional questions, please contact

Application Instructions

Applications for the Allied Health DEI Fellowship can be submitted using the Cincinnati Children’s online careers portal. Enter our jobs page and search for ‘Diversity Fellowship’ to apply.

The fellowship is offered for these four disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Please contact with any questions.