What About Workforce? September 2020 Update

by Andrea Guzman, Workforce Development Coordinator

Save the Date! Team Up, Take Action Fall Forum: The Impact of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and Vermont: Forging New Partnerships to Improve Health Equity

This is the fifth year collaborating with partners from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and fourth year with the Vermont Public Health Association to present the Team Up Take Action conference to focus on health topics of critical importance to the communities of New Hampshire and Vermont. This event is a unique collaboration between health systems, community partners, and public health professionals. The 2020 Team Up, Take Action Fall Forum, The Impact of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and Vermont: Forging New Partnerships to Improve Health Equity will take place virtually during the mornings of November 10, 17, and 19 with a special focus area each day related to COVID and equity issues. Watch for more details soon!

Mentor Program Kick-Off Features Long-Time Public Health Professional Dr. Magda Peck

The kick-off event for the mentor program will be held virtually on October 7, and we are excited to announce that our speaker will be Magda Peck, ScD! Dr. Magda Peck is a seasoned, strategic leader for the public’s health, and a ‘midwife to change’ for healthier, more just communities. Currently, Dr. Peck is Founder and Principal, MP3 Health, promoting strategic design, collaborative leadership and social innovation, through a lens of equity. Dr. Peck has a long history of mentoring public health professionals and leading mentor programs. Learn more about Dr. Peck here. And learn more about workforce happenings here.

Become a Mentor or Mentee!

The New Hampshire Public Health Association is actively recruiting mentors and mentees for the third cohort of our Mentor Program, which will begin in October 2020 and finish in May 2021. Our goal is to increase the professional success and productivity 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 program will be predominantly virtual this year, and will be a helpful tool for students looking to make connections with public health professionals, in a virtual environment.

Current public health undergraduate students, public health graduate students, and early-career professionals (1-3 years in the field) can use the mentor program as an opportunity 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 cohorts of the Mentor Program determined that 100% of both mentors and mentees would recommend the program to others, and 91% of mentees and 93% of mentors felt the program was valuable and worth their time. Here are testimonials from previous mentors and mentees.

If you or someone you know may have an interest in being a mentor or mentee, please visit our  website for applications and information.

If you are interested in participating as a mentor or a mentee, please complete the application and email it to Andrea Guzman at [email protected].

Mentors: Please apply by September 9, 2020

Mentees: Please apply by September 23, 2020

Save the Date! Lobbying and Advocacy Training

We will be virtually holding our fourth annual training, Lobbying and Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-Profit Advocates, on November 4, 2020 from 9 to 11:15 a.m.. This training explains legal resources and lobbying restrictions for public health nonprofits and officials, and examines the differences between advocacy, direct lobbying, and grassroots lobbying. We are bringing  back our popular speakers, Kate Frey and Jess Wojenski from New Futures, and Kerri McGowan Lowery, JD, MPH, from the University of Maryland School of Law. Register here! Scholarships are available by contacting Andrea Guzman at [email protected].

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