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WPHA Mentoring Program Spotlight

Tuesday, December 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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WPHA Mentoring Program Spotlight:

Mentee: Ashley Tracy, CHES 
Mentor: Kim Whitmore, PhD, RN, WPHA Maternal and Child Health Section Co-Chair

"I first met my mentor, Kim, at the WPHA conference in May. This was a great opportunity to get to know more about my mentor before we started our meetings. It was also beneficial to meet Kim at the conference because it was my first time attending and she was able to introduce me to a few of her colleagues and explain the makeup of WPHA to me."

"After the conference, Kim and I worked on our mentorship agreement to determine what we would both like to get out of the mentor/mentee relationship. Each meeting Kim and I catch up on life and then we will discuss various topics such as: the makeup of WPHA and APHA and the benefits of participating in them, graduate school recommendations, networking ideas, and skill development opportunities. These meetings have been beneficial because Kim has explained big picture public health to me and she has also helped me on a smaller scale with individual goals. It is nice to have someone who has worked in public health for many years answer any questions I have and provide advice on next steps."

"Although this is a yearlong commitment, I keep joking with Kim that she is stuck with me long term. I am a little concerned I will be receiving her Starbucks tab if we continue our conversions longer than the year, but I think it is worth the risk. Overall, I have found this mentorship to be very beneficial and I would highly recommend the program to other early career professionals. Thank you for all of your help, Kim!"

~ Ashley Tracy, CHES

Top Left: Ashley Tracy, CHES
Bottom Right: Kim Whitmore, PhD, RN

Why Offer a Mentoring Program?

The WPHA mentoring program is a resource for public health professionals – new and experienced – to learn and grow professionally through one-on-one peer mentoring. Through the mentoring process, the mentee identifies professional goals they wish to achieve and benefits from the support of the mentor to achieve those goals. While the mentee achieves specific aims, both mentor and mentee increase their networking and their professional and personal growth. When organizations support the mentoring of their staff, they can stronger job performance, reduced turnover, and a culture of continuous employee development.

Click here to learn more about the WPHA Mentoring Program and watch for future announcements in the monthly communique!

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