245635 Training of diverse women leaders in public health: Data supporting a new training model for creating a healthy graduate training community

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Barbara Wallace, PhD , Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
The shortage of diverse doctorates in the United States has been called a national crisis, even as a special theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health was devoted to this topic and related concerns. The task of training diverse women leaders in public health who have successfully completed graduate training, including obtaining the doctorate, emerges as a high priority. This is especially so, given that health disparities in this nation need to be addressed by professional leaders in public health who are diverse; and in being diverse are likely to bring interest, commitment, and cultural sensitivity and competence in addressing public health problems related to health disparities. There are also barriers to training diverse women leaders in public health, including a shortage of mentors and a lack of cultural competency training among many mentors. Given this background, there is value in teaching other educators how to implement a model for training diverse women leaders in public health while they are in graduate school. The principles upon which the model is based are taught to participants, including how to overcome barriers to training diverse women leaders in public health. The value in others implementing the model is stressed through presentation of data. The data compares graduation rates of those with doctorates in health education for the period before the new training model was implemented (1993-2002) versus after the new training model was implemented (2003-2010). The data make a compelling case for replicating the training model.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Session participants will be able to: Identify key elements in structuring a new graduate training model to support the education and training of diverse women List 4 principles to guide the implementation of the new graduate training model Compare the old traditional and recommended new paradigm for graduate education and training Discuss factors impacting the identity development of diverse women as public health leaders, and ways to support professional identity development Identify barriers to the training of new diverse doctorates (i.e. shortage of mentors, lack of cultural competency training) and how the model overcomes these barriers

Keywords: Women, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I created the model, collected and analyzed data on the model, and am prepared to teach others the skills to replicate the model.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.