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CPHA Mentors on Request 

(previously Mentoring Organization Registry)

M.O.R. for the Future of Public Health

Make a Difference, Grow Our Workforce, Connect with Youth


In 2007, CPHA formed the Mentoring Organization Registry, now called Mentors on Request (MOR), with seven members. Today, the MOR has grown to a 45-member organization representing a broad range of institutions, including University of CT Graduate Program of Public Health,  the Area Health Education Centers of CT,  the CT Department of Public Health, and the American Cancer Society CT Chapter.   Through our collaborative efforts we have provided older youth and undergraduates across the state with opportunities to understand public health through active involvement.  Our goal has been to develop youth and undergraduates as future public health advocates, leaders and knowledgeable citizens. 

Over the past 10 years we have helped thousands of students become aware of public health by: 

  • Annually reaching over 2000 high school and early college students through our guest speakers presentations. 
  • Providing educators with resources, including online health literacy lessons and public health 101 lessons that can be used in the classroom, or to complement service learning or community activities.  
  • Sharing job and internship opportunity posts with CPHA members and students
  • Developing presentations and resources for public health mentors to simplify their work

Watch for our Match MOR Webpage!

Currently, we are surveying our members in order to design a web page where public health students can post their workforce learning (experiential learning) needs and mentor organizations can post the opportunities they offer. 


Who We Are

Unlike Fortune 500 companies that invest in company tours and internships to find young talent for their workplace, CPHA has a different attitude about spending time with students. Even if students do not join the public health workforce, they will be more likely to contribute to a healthy community by practicing healthy behaviors, caring for the environment and becoming effective public health advocates and educated citizens. In short, as career mentors and ambassadors, MOR members never lose when we spend time with youth and young adults.

         Mentors on Request (MOR) Members - As of January 2017

The 45 M.O.R. Members

American Cancer Society    Institute for Community Research
Black Women’s Health Council  Ledge Light Health District
Central CT Area Health Education Center  Meriden Dept. of Health and Human Services
Central CT Health District  New Britain Health Department
Chesprocott Health District  New Haven Health Department 
CT Area Health Education Center  New London Health Department
CT Association of Directors of Health  Newtown Health Department
CT Children’s Medical Center, Injury Prevention  Northeast District Department of Health
CT Department of Public Health  Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
CT Partnership for Public Health Workforce Development  Plainville-Southington Regional Health District
Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity  Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors
Danbury Health and Housing Department  Southern CT State University Dept. of Public Health
Delta Omega Beta Rho, Univ. of CT MPH Program  Southern CT State University Public Health Society
Delta Omega Beta Rho, Western CT State University  Southwestern CT Area Health Education Center
East Hartford Dept. of Health and Human Services  University of St. Joseph
East Shore Health District   University of Hartford
Farmington Valley Health District Univ. of CT, Master of Public Health Alumni Board
Goodwin College  University of CT Master of Public Health Program
Guilford Health Department
 University of CT, Public Health Student Organization
Hartford Health and Human Services Department
 West Haven Health Department
Health Occupations Students of America, CT Chapter Yale School of Public Health
lHealth and Equity, LLC  Yale Emerging Infections Program
Hispanic Health Counci

 

2017-18 Priorities

MOR’s Advisory Board representing experts in public and private education, workforce development, curriculum development and mentoring will ensure that future MOR activities effectively connect educators to public health professionals. CPHA MOR  priorities for 2017-18 currently include:

  • Expanding public health experiential learning and career mentoring to undergraduate public health majors
  • Reaching 3000 students around the state through our National Public Health Week presentation and CPHA Walk and Mentor activity
  • Piloting health literacy lessons in three communities
  • Expanding training to enhance public health career mentoring 
  • Establishing a webpage to connect MOR public health mentors to schools and students
  • Securing funding to support MOR staffing
  • Raising awareness of Public Health 101: From Disease Prevention to Disaster Preparedness as a blended curriculum available to all high schools and community colleges. Seven units are now available at https://www.publichealth101skills21.org

These priorities will be updated in September when the new MOR Advisory Board members review the results of the July 2017 MOR Member Survey.

Free Tools for Educators, Employers and Mentors

Through our network of MOR volunteers we have reached over 10,000 students in 70 schools with public health information, messages and skills. The CPHA MOR provides members and teachers with online tools that engage youth in public health activities designed to  strengthen 21st Century Skills, such as: communication, collaboration, cultural awareness, health literacy, leadership, problem solving, technology and social entrepreneurship. To download our free guide, click on:

Activities and Tools for Teaching Public Health

 

How to Join the MOR

To connect with teachers and teaching institutions to prepare young people for community service, healthier lifestyles and careers in public health, just click here for the MOR Registration Form.

 

For more information about the CPHA MOR, please contact the MOR Chair Cyndi Stern at cyndi.billianstern@cpha.info

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