Session: The Black Young Professionals Public Health Network: Establishing Yourself as a Public Health Professional
3172.0: Monday, November 17, 2003: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
The Black Young Professionals Public Health Network: Establishing Yourself as a Public Health Professional
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has previously mandated the improved inclusion of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities in the health professions. Approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population is of minority status, but only 10 percent of the health professional workforce is of minority status. Healthy People 2010 will address this gap by attempting to attract more minorities to the health professions, and as a result, provide minority populations with better needs assessments, quality of and access to health care. An early indication of this is the higher number of Blacks matriculating in established Schools of Public Health, as well as in newly developed graduate training programs in Public Health at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). To date, there are seven (7) such programs at HBCU's ( Charles Drew University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Jackson State University Meharry College of Medicine Morehouse School of Medicine Morgan State University The increase in number of academic settings that train students/scholars of color illustrates the need for establishing sustainable mechanisms that promote professional development and collegial networking. This panel session provides junior public health professionals with a formal opportunity to hear from established public health professionals regarding their experiences of being a person of color advancing in the Public Health field. Emphasis will be placed on identifying mentoring and networking opportunities at national meetings with specific attention directed to participation in caucuses and sections of the APHA.
Learning Objectives: 1. To highlight the challenges and remarkable accomplishments of several Public Health Professionals; 2. To engage in dialogue around strategies for advancement within professional organizations and at national meetings; 3. To provide a structure and forum through which Black Public Health Professionals can exchange views and create mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships beyond the time frame of the 2003 APHA annual conference.
Panelist(s):Cheryl Blackmore Prince, PhD, MPH, MSN
Organizer(s):Peter Thomas, MPH
Michael Joseph, MPH
Zara E. Sadler, MS
Carl V. Hill, MPH
Organized by:Black Caucus of Health Workers
Endorsed by:Public Health Student Caucus
CE Credits:Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA