The Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA) in collaboration with local colleges aims to build the next generation of public health professionals through the Nevada Public Health Mentorship Program (NvPHMP).
NvPHMP Mentoring Program matches experienced public health professionals with students and new public health professionals in a one-to-one relationship. It is intended to facilitate the mentoring process among public health professionals, recent graduates, and current students in Nevada for one year. The goals are
Mentoring relationships are intended to help students make the transition from an academic to professional environment, and to offer an opportunity for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas between experienced professionals and the next generation of public health leaders.
Mentoring is a process whereby an experienced public health professional (the mentor) guides another individual (the mentee) in the development and examination of their own ideas, learning, and professional development. This relationship has the opportunity of providing support, guidance, and knowledge to facilitate professional success.
Mentoring relationships provide great opportunities and benefits for the mentor, and mentee. Mentoring has shown to have a positive effect on a person’s career and those who have been mentored tend to reach their goals faster and are more satisfied with their work and careers. The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, a consensus set of skills that are identified as desirable for delivering essential public health services, calls for mentoring activities:
1 Public Health Foundation. 2014. Core competencies for public health professionals. Washington, DC.
Public health professionals can serve as a mentors to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, new professionals or those changing careers.
Graduate students can serve in a mentoring capacity to undergraduate students establishing a strong student community and pathway from undergrad to graduate programs.
To apply for the 2020/2021 academic year
(1) Make sure your NPHA membership is current
For more information, or to apply, please email Amber Joiner.
We would like to thank the Arizona Public Health Association for sharing their program materials.