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By Betty C. Jung, MPH, RN, MCHES® P.H.E.N.O.M. Program Director


Citation: Jung, BC (2019). Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors Program Recruitment Information.
RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

By June 2019, we will have been providing mentoring services for 25 years! Basically, we are a group of volunteer public health professionals interested in helping people to learn more about the field of Public Health, and to explore career opportunities in this discipline. Those who volunteer are given the opportunity to share the professional expertise they have developed while working in the field, and in return enhance their professional growth and development in the process. Using Internet technology, we can mentor virtually anyone who has access to the Internet. Most contacts are handled over E-mail.

While the Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (P.H.E.N.O.M.) Program continues to be a service program of the Public Health Alumni Chapter's Service Committee, providing resources to the students attending Southern CT State University's Public Health and other academic programs, we have expanded to accommodate the needs of the Internet's professional community by enhancing communication in this ever-growing medium.

The P.H.E.N.O.M. Directory is an on-line directory listing volunteer mentors for the current academic year. An on-line directory was first posted in 1999 to enhance dissemination of mentor information to those who access the World Wide Web. In essence, such outreach has extended beyond the physical boundaries of a college campus to the virtual worldwide Internet community. Through this medium, mentors can be reached with E-mail.

We also maintain a P.H.E.N.O.M. Blog in which all mentors have the opportunity to collectively respond to mentoring requests with written responses. Those questions and answers of broader general interest are posted here.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MENTOR?

As a public health practitioner you can provide valuable insight into what employers expect of those with a college preparation in Public Health. More than in any other field, Public Health is broad, not only in scope, but in the variety of settings one can practice in. Those with a Public Health degree can bring their special skills to work settings that are not necessarily viewed as traditional Public Health settings. By making yourself available, via E-mail or phone contact, you will be able to share your academic, professional expertise and work experiences with those interested in the field. Such sharing enhances your professional growth as well.

HOW DO I BECOME A PHENOM MENTOR?

Recruitment usually occurs during the Spring (April - June) for the following academic year. Preparation of the annual online directory occurs during July and August.

Renewable one-year voluntary terms of service follow the academic calendar. A brief profile (biosketch) will be posted on the annual on-line P.H.E.N.O.M. Directory and career-based information on the P.H.E.N.O.M. Listings.

Those interested in your areas of expertise would then contact you for advice, information, etc. via E-mail or phone. You can either respond directly to those who contact you or refer the question(s) to PHENOM, giving other mentors the opportunity to respond. Such responses are then posted on the PHENOM Blog.

Minimum Requirements

  • Possess at least one academic degree in Public Health or a related field (i.e., epidemiology, environmental health, health education, etc.) from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Complete the Public Health Mentor File Form
  • Submit a copy of your resume and a professional photo in jpeg format
  • Have a working E-mail and/or phone number at which you can be contacted
  • Be willing to submit information for program purposes (e.g., postings for PHENOM Blog, activity reporting, evaluation, etc.)
The Online Mentor Profile Form is available on the Internet all year. If you want more information, E-mail Betty C. Jung, Program Director.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A MENTOR?

For the time you are serving as a mentor, keep track of your contacts/activities on the Mentor Activity Log. This will help the program director assess the types of services the program is providing and to develop other types of activities to meet the needs of individuals contacting mentors.

At the end of the academic year you will be expected to submit these forms and to fill out an Annual Program Evaluation Form. At that time you can choose to continue for another year, or take a break. Your feedback is essential to the annual program report.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AS A MENTOR?

You may or may not get contacted. Most contacts are made via E-mail. Responses can vary from 5 - 30 minutes (the time it takes to write an E-mail response). Telephone contacts last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Contact data are being collected for purposes of assessing and evaluating program activities. You can be proactive and mentor others in whatever circumstances you may find yourself in - the workplace, meetings, conferences, etc.

Content includes questions about what a mentor is doing at his/her workplace, questions regarding one's professional expertise, how to become certified in a specialty area (e.g., health education credentialing, registered sanitarian requirements, etc.), academic course requirements in public health courses, what kinds of skills are expected for a particular public health discipline (i.e., best evaluation methods for health education interventions, types of statistical programs an epidemiologist may need to know, etc.), to name a few.

If you are a CHES or a MCHES, your willingness to mentor others about your professional expertise will be recognized. Upon meeting the objectives of PHENOM Program's Goal 3, you can earn 1 Category II CECH for each full year of voluntary service.

Join Now!!!

E-mail Betty with the information requested on the Profile Form and a copy of your resume along with a professional photo in jpeg format.

To be listed for the coming academic year, send information by June 30th of the current year.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ETC. can be directed to the P.H.E.N.O.M. Program Director, Betty C. Jung. She can be reached:


HOW MENTORING CONTRIBUTES TO THE LIFE OF A PROFESSIONAL

"One of the most satisfying and traditional ways in which young professionals begin learning about professionalism is to seek out those whom they identify as mentors."
"Whether the mentor relationship is formal or informal, the best mentors all share the same qualities: respect for each other, a shared vision to reach a common goal, trust, acting as a pipeline to new experiences and growth, creating a safe place where mistakes can be made, providing challenges, listening, giving advice, imparting wisdom, and providing inspiration. The mentor will become a lifelong friend and colleague."
"Mentorship opportunities also are available for the seasoned professional...experienced and well-established health education professionals in various community health settings (e.g., community-based organizations and agencies, hospitals, local and state health departments) serve as mentors to the prospective or new professional."
"At any level, volunteer opportunities are a part of community health education practice that can provide excellent formal and informal professionalism experience for new and seasoned health educators. By volunteering one's time and skills, the notion of professionalism is reinforced; that is, being a professional is not about looking the part but about actually doing the job. An expected role of any professional is that one has a social responsibility to the community in which he or she lives."
Citation source: Bensley, RN & Brookins FJ. (2009). Community Health Education Methods. A Practical Guide. (pp. 55, 56)

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