NHPHA Public Health Mentoring Program

The pilot program was launched in 2018–2019. It was initiated in response to requests from our members, based on their desire to be better prepared as mentors for emerging public health professionals. The program runs through the academic year from September through May. It is focused on current public health undergraduate students, public health graduate students, and emerging public health professionals. This program is an opportunity for experienced public health professionals to make a positive impact on the career and professional development of emerging public health professionals. These emerging professionals have the opportunity to network and explore a variety of public health careers to learn more about the industry.

There are three events for the program: a kick-off event, a mid-term check-in, and a celebratory and reflections event. Participants note that the program is very rewarding for both mentors and mentees and, in some cases, life-changing.

Watch a video by former mentor Kathleen Bush here

Watch a video by former mentee Maria Walawender here

To read our guide to our mentoring program, click on the guide cover image below: 

Mentoring Guide 2019 Page 1

Apply to become a mentor in the 2021-2022 Mentor Program! Please fill out and submit your mentor application to [email protected] by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Apply to become a mentee in the 2021-2022 Mentor Program! Please fill out and submit your mentee application to [email protected] by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Mentees Turquoise Word Cloud

Mentees provided adjectives for their experience with our pilot mentoring program, which we put into a word cloud.

Mentors Blue Word Cloud

A word cloud by the mentors.

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Mentors and mentees posed for a picture during our first mentoring celebration/wrap-up event.

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Our celebration cake, which we gave during the first year's concluding event!