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APHA-SA: Mentoring Committee

Subcommittee Chairs:  Amanda Wendt  and Johannan Kelly

APHA-SA Speed Mentoring is an annual interactive experience where current students and recent graduates of public health degree and related programs have the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced public health professionals during a speed session format. Questions regarding Speed Mentoring may be sent to the APHA-SA Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs, Amanda Wendt and Johannan Kelly at mentoring@aphastudents.

For anyone interested in becoming a mentor at this event, please email us at


The National Mentoring Program (NMP) Committee is always looking for energetic and reliable mentors to participate in the NMP! A good mentor possesses the following qualities:

1. Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise.

2. Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role 


3. Takes a personal interest in the mentor-mentee relationship.

4. Exhibits enthusiasm in the field.

5. Values ongoing learning and growth in the field.

6. Provides guidance and constructive feedback.

7. Respected by colleagues and employees in all levels of an


8. Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals.

9. Values the opinions and initiatives of others.

10. Motivates others by setting a good example.


Do these qualities describe you? You can be a mentor at any point in your academic or professional career. If you are an early career professional, someone in an MPH program would love to connect with you to learn how you transitioned into your full time job. If you are an MPH student in your second year, a first year might value your guidance!

Email us at if you have any questions.


Mission Statement:

The National Public Health Mentoring Program (NMP) Committee’s mission is to connect students with field practitioners to assure the retention of qualified and diverse students in public health, improving the relevancy of their public health training, and increase the readiness of new graduates to meet the challenges found in today’s public health landscape. Ultimately, the NMP sub-committee hopes to strengthen the field of public health through the retention and growth of strong and committed leaders.


  •      Review NMP applications and match mentors with mentees based on the program criteria in conjunction with the Match Facilitators
  •      Manage the NMP database
  •      Promote and Manage the nomination process for the annual National Mentoring Award in collaboration with APHA and the Student Assembly
  •      Schedule, attend, and oversee conference calls with APHA-SA Board members, Mentoring Committee, and/or NMP Web Designer/Consultant or APHA Graphics Design Team
  •      Contribute to the coordination of activities for the annual APHA meeting, in collaboration with the Student Assembly Board and potentially other sections of APHA


Become a Member of NMP

Joining the NMP is free of charge and only available to APHA members.  If you are an APHA student member and would like more guidance along your career path, register or an APHA member who would like to offer guidance as a mentor, visit for the National Public Health Mentoring Program! 


If you would like to take advantage of this benefit and you are not an APHA member, now is your chance to join. To join APHA, visit


Get Involved:


Become an active member of the Student Assembly

The NMP Committee is always looking for energetic and team-oriented volunteers to help with management of the database, creative ideas for recruitment of mentors and mentees nationwide, submissions to the Student Newsletter and the APHA Nations Health publication, development of exciting student-centered activities at the annual APHA meeting, and working collaborative with other Student Assembly Committees and potentially various Sections and Special Primary Interests Groups of APHA on mentoring related events. Email to learn more and be a part of the Student Assembly National Mentoring Committee Program (NMP) Committee today!


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Last Update 7/29/2014