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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.


 "I have met with my mentor a couple of times and have kept up correspondence. I truly appreciate the connection with her and have found her to be a strong mentor. She is very insightful and has been positive and helpful. I also feel we have a lot of common ground so our pairing was unexpected but done very well." ~ Giovanna, 2016-2017 Cohort Mentee



Requirements of the program: 

This program was designed to be self-directed and streamlined. Much of the information in this site is based on best practices, and thus some minimum requirements have been set. The following table includes prerequisites for participation.




Has been working in public health for at least five years.



Currently working in public health and/or studying an advanced degree in public health and seeking to advance their career.



Willing to commit to a yearlong (9-12 month) mentoring relationship.




Benefits of Becoming a Mentor

In a mentor-mentee relationship, both the mentor and mentee benefit. The mentor has the gratifying opportunity to “give back” to the public health community as well as to:

  • Gain increased respect and recognition within the public health system as individuals who have the ability to identify, encourage, and promote others.
  • Extend their network to other mentors and mentees.
  • Contribute to the development of new employees.
  • Experience professional and personal growth and renewal.
  • Increase their own and the mentee’s enthusiasm about being part of Wisconsin’s public health system.
  • Use or develop additional skills not required in current position.
  • Stay sharp and creative.

* Adapted from UW-Oshkosh website: accessed January 5, 2009 (subsequently unavailable).

Benefits of Becoming a Mentee

In a mentor-mentee relationship, both the mentor and mentee benefit. The mentee gains such things as career development, potential compensation increases, increased retention, and/or increased productivity. The mentee also benefits by:

  • Having a “Go To” person
  • Knowing a person who can help problem-solve and identify resources
  • Increasing their support network
  • Reflecting on their practice
  • Recognizing and sharing their successes 

If you have any questions, please contact the WPHA Mentoring Program Coordinator.

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