The Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program is intended to facilitate the mentoring process among public health professionals in Colorado. The program was initiated by CPHA in 2012, and expanded in partnership with the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) and Public Health Nurses Association (PHNAC) in 2014.
The Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program is a collaboration among the Colorado Public Health Association(CPHA), Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado (PHNAC), and the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA). Each cohort is selected on an annual basis. Applications for the next cohort will be open in September 2015. Beginning in 2016, the program will start in January and run through September.
Mentoring is developmental relationship in which a person nurtures the professional development of another. Mentoring can create access to career opportunities, improve recruitment and retention, enrich leadership, increase adaptability in the midst of challenges, heighten professional satisfaction and decrease stress and role conflict.
The vision of the Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program is to contribute to an engaged, connected, competent public health workforce in Colorado that effectively prevents, promotes, and protects the health of Coloradans.
The goals of the Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program are:
- To provide opportunities for mentors to enrich their contributions to public health and further develop as leaders;
- To enhance the professional development of the public health mentee;
- And to strengthen the public health professional workforce network in Colorado.
Mentors and mentees should be current members of CPHA, CEHA or PHNAC.
A commitment of one year is requested with at least monthly in-person or teleconference meetings between the mentor and mentee. In addition, participation in additional professional development opportunities provided or suggested by the Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program is highly encouraged.