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For Participants

Man smiles over stack of books with books on shelves behind himThe New to Public Health Residency Program includes a mentorship component to support residents’ professional development, insight, and growth as they transition to public health practice. This monthly collaboration will add a layer of advising from the perspective of an active member of the public health community. These experienced “go to” professionals will offer insight and identify resources to help increase skills needed to be successful in the field in addition to sharing lessons learned in their career.


  • Acceptance to the New to Public Health Residency Program
  • Agree to a 12-month commitment with mentor
  • Connect with assigned mentor at least once per month via phone, email, or video call

For Mentors

Mentor image: young man and woman discuss and point while looking at laptop screenBy collaborating with professionals in their first year of public health, mentors can promote development both for their mentee and for their own leadership. Mentors will benefit from opportunities in tailoring interprofessional communication skills, developing leadership skills, learning from diverse perspectives, and gaining personal satisfaction1.


  • At least one year of experience within the field of public health (note: Individuals working in governmental public health, non-governmental public health sectors, educational institutions and/or individuals who are retired may volunteer to become a mentor.)
  • Agree to a 12-month commitment with mentee
  • Connect with mentee at least once per month via phone, email, or video call
  • Attend initial mentor training and two additional check-ins with N2PH Residency Program facilitators. Option for quarterly networking events.

For Public Health Organizations

Diverse team engaged at white board in library or office settingThe mentorship component of the New to Public Health Residency Program offers layers of leadership development for both mentors and mentee participants. Through the 12-month program, the mentorship will build intra-agency and cross-county collaboration. These benefits have the ability to lead to improved staff morale, retention, and advanced collaboration skills of diverse perspectives and work styles2.

Delivery & Methods

The New to Public Health Residency Program team will pair mentors with a participant mentee of the New to Public Health Residency Program. Minimum monthly collaboration check-in sessions between participant mentees and mentors should be scheduled. Meetings may be offered through video conference, email, and/or phone.

Mentors will be supported by the New to Public Health Residency Program team through an initial mentorship workshop, access to tools and resources, and quarterly opportunities for peer networking. Ongoing support will be offered by the N2PH Residency Program facilitators.

Efforts will be made to pair mentors with a participant mentee outside of their own organization and from their same state.

Ready to Become a Mentor?

The purpose of the Mentor Application is to best match your background, skills, and goals to a N2PH Residency Program participant.

Preview the Mentor application.

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Mentor Application

Additional Questions?

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1. Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute (2003b), “Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Mentors”

2. Smith, L. S., McAllister, L. E., & Snype Crawford, C. (2001). “Mentoring benefits and issues for public health nurses.” Public Health Nurse 18(2): 101-107.