What About Workforce? August 2020 Update

by Andrea Guzman, Workforce Development Coordinator

2020–2021 Mentor Program

The New Hampshire Public Health Association is excited to begin recruiting mentors for the third cohort of our Mentor Program, which will begin in October 2020 and finish in May 2021. Our goal is to enhance professional paths of public health students and early career professionals in New Hampshire. Through the program, we aim to help strengthen the field of public health through recruitment, retention, and growth of strong and committed professionals.

The Mentor Program is an opportunity for current public health undergraduate students, public health graduate students, and early-career professionals (1-3 years in the field) to build a professional network, gain valuable information about agencies and companies, explore a variety of public health careers, develop a career plan, and learn more about the field. For mentors, the program is an opportunity for experienced public health professionals to enrich their professional contributions to public health and leadership by enhancing the development of someone new to the field.

Evaluations of our previous cohort’s of the Mentor Program showed that 100% of both mentors and mentees would recommend the program to others. Over 90% of mentees and mentors felt the program was valuable and worth their time. If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, please download an application here (mentor application) or here (mentee application) and send your completed application to Andrea Guzman at [email protected]. We truly hope that you will! 

TUTA Update

We have begun planning our annual Fall Forum, the Team Up, Take Action Conference, with Vermont Public Health Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This event will be virtual and held on November 10, 17, and 19. We are planning to include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout groups in the virtual formatting. The virtual conference will focus on COVID-19 and its disparate effects on marginalized populations as well as the extensive economic ramifications that impact the social determinants of health. We will continue to update as planning progresses.   

Internship Update

We have now opened our application process for our Intern Stipend Program with the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), for the July 1, 2020June 15, 2021 year. Qualifying students will receive a $3,500 stipend upon completion of their internship.

The Health Equity Internship Program provides public health and other health professions' students with practice opportunities working on health equity projects, with public health or primary care agencies serving on behalf of underserved communities or populations.

Agencies and students are encouraged to apply now for the year beginning July 1, 2020–June 15, 2021. For an application form or any questions, please reach out to Andrea Guzman at [email protected].

Career Panel Webinar: Looking for Panelists

We are already starting to think about our next Career Panel Webinar, which should take place in spring 2021. The Career Panel Webinar is hosted by the NHPHA and is targeted to students considering a career in public health. The webinar is made up of panelists that work in different facets of public health; panelists discuss what their work looks like and what it took them to get there.

It was suggested by our Rising Stars Advisory Committee that students would be interested in learning about the various public health careers that have played a role in the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to Andrea Guzman at [email protected] if you have worked to address COVID-19 in any public health capacity and would like to inform and inspire the next generation of public health professionals.

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