HEAL Scholarship Program

ABLM/ACLM Board Certification Exam and Preparation


The HEAL Initiative (Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine) launched the HEAL Scholarship Program as part of its mission to address health disparities through lifestyle medicine (LM). Supporting a diverse health care workforce and delivering particular support to those providing care to marginalized people is the mission of this scholarship program. In recognition that achieving a diverse LM workforce is essential to that mission, this scholarship awards underrepresented in medicine (URM) clinicians with need-based scholarships to assist applicants with the costs associated with attaining education and certification in lifestyle medicine. This opportunity is open to applicants practicing in the United States.

HEAL Scholarship Timeline

The HEAL Initiative Scholarship application is now closed and will reopen in January 2025. The 2024 HEAL Initiative Scholars will be announced in May of 2024. If you are a current ACLM member, please join the HEAL Initiative.

The Program will support full (100%) scholarships based on need and funding availability to cover certification expenses, where certification expenses include:

  • ABLM/ACLM Board Certification Exam and Preparation
  • Approved CME through the Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course
  • Approved CME through LM2024 Virtual Conference attendance
  • One year of ACLM Membership

*Certification expenses vary by profession type


Individuals eligible to apply will be a US-based physician, professional, or practitioner who:

  • Self-identifies as a member of a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in medicine (URM) as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)- Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. Specifically, research shows that individuals who identify as Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander are more likely to be underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the general population. Thus, individuals from these groups that practice in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to apply for the HEAL Scholarship Program.
  • Terms of Use: Recipients of the scholarship must certify in the same year it is awarded.


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