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Building a diverse public health pathway to reducing health disparities: Future Public Health Leaders Program
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
: 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM
The growing undergraduate public health movement in the nation is exciting; yet, concerns linger over the persistently inadequate numbers of racial and/or ethnic minority public health practitioners. Numerous studies have shown racial and ethnic minority health professionals are more likely to work in underserved largely minority communities. We believe that an increase in the diversity of the public health workforce will help to address the urgent need for reductions in health disparities. The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is one of four CDC Undergraduate Public Health Summer Programs (CUPS) whose goal is to foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to health equity and understanding of public health and health disparities while increasing underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students pursuing public health education and training. Each summer since 2012, the FPHLP admits 50 students from the U.S., U.S. territories and Freely Associated States to participate in a 10-week summer program. The program includes public health and career mentorship, hands-on and practical field experience, a curriculum with a learning structure that includes didactic learning, skill building workshops, and field experiences. Based on the post-program survey conducted, 85% of participants agreed that they could list the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations; and 94% of student participants agreed or strongly agreed that the FPHLP increased their understanding of health disparities. Post-program involvement with participants via social media further supports students’ decisions to pursue a career (73%) or graduate education in public health (82%).
Public health or related education
Describe a summer public health program to promote understanding of health disparities and health equity for undergraduate underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students.
Discuss the components of a successful public health pathways program.
Describe effective post-program strategies to encourage underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students to pursue public health education and training.
Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have earned a doctorate in Social Psychology with a minor in Public Health. I am presently the Director of Training and Community Engagement at the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, funded by the CDC. I am also co-Director on the CDC-funded Future Public Health Leaders Program at the U of Michigan. My scientific interests include strategies to increase the diversity of the public health workforce through summer intervention and mentoring programs.
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.