OMP Update: Year in Review!

It has been one year since the launch of the FPHTC Online Mentor Program! (Woot-woot!) Since then there have been many milestones (and growing pains). As the program continues to evolve this year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on several program milestones and share the news on things to come.

Below are participant statistics. (Click on image for full size.)

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Things participants can expect to see in 2013:

  • Increased enrollment. Our goal is to double the number of participants. The more public health professionals and USF COPH faculty/students enroll in the program, the more potential matches they will have to choose from.
  • Increased relevance. Our newly added features allow participants to be more proactive in choosing their match. We have made it easy for any participant to select the right match from his/her list of best matches.
  • Increased engagement. With the help of Florida Department of Health, we anticipate more active mentorships and program completers. On average, it takes a participant about 8-9 months to complete their mentorship experience. Of the participants currently engaged in a mentorship, 44% are half-way through the program.

We hope you are excited about the year ahead as much as we are!

If you are a public health professional in Florida and are interested in participating in a mentorship (as a mentor or mentee), we encourage you to check out the program details or email the Program Coordinator at omp@health.usf.edu.

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OMP Update: New Feature for Mentees!

Photo Credit: Elvis Halilovic

Photo Credit: Elvis Halilovic

Over the past year we have received multiple email requests from mentees asking to be more proactive in pursuing their mentorships. Most were eager to be engaged but didn’t have a way to jump-start their experiences.

Some of the questions we received from mentees were:

  • “How come I can’t see my list of potential mentors?”
  • “How come I have to wait for a mentor to make me an offer?”
  • “Why can’t I make offers to mentors?”

Well, we heard your feedback and responded with exciting new changes!

As a mentee, now you can:

  • Review your list of potential mentors
  • ‘Make offers’ to mentors with whom you like to work

Previously, only mentors were allowed to review their lists of potential mentees and ‘make offers’. This put the responsibility of initiating mentorships solely on mentors. With the ratio of mentors-to-mentees at 3-to-1, this did not result in many new offers. Now, the system allows everyone to be proactive in pursuing their professional match, not just mentors.

In the real-world, those who take initiative see greater success. With these new features, mentees will have more control over their professional development.

If you have any other requests or ideas to improve the program to better meet your needs, email Program Coordinator at omp@health.usf.edu.

January is National Mentoring Month!

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Photo Credit: Keri-Lee Beasley

January is officially the month to recognize the importance of mentoring and give thanks to those mentors who continue to shape today’s leaders.

National Mentoring Month was “created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure brighter futures for our young people.”

In conjunction with the Florida Department of Health, our Online Mentor Program has been recognized for its strong alignment to the workforce development initiatives in public health for Florida. We continue to increase our participant database and improve our matching algorithms to ensure mentor-mentee pairings are effective and valuable.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to all of our mentors who are committed to our program. From FDOH employees to USF College of Public Health faculty, these participants are guiding their mentees towards a successful path in their careers.

Happy National Mentoring Month!

Courses Offering CEUs for OMP Participants Only

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice is starting to offer a handful of their online courses for continuing education units to OMP participants only (another reason why it’s great to be a mentor or a mentee in this program)!

Currently, the following two (2) courses have been approved for continuing education credit by the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC):

However, there are plans to add more online courses to this list in the future.

Remember, applying for credits is optional. OMP participants who successfully complete these courses can apply the hours towards program criteria [PART C, Professional Development (3 hours)] regardless of whether they wish to also obtain CEUs or not.

However, if you wish to obtain CEUs, as well, then you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Complete the FPHTC Online Mentor Program, AND
  2. Be either a nurse, certified health education specialist, licensed mental health counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist, AND
  3. Complete one or more of the approved courses (listed above).

If you are eligible to receive these credits and have met all the criteria stated above, please click HERE to submit the CEU application form.

Please send any additional questions about OMP or CEU eligibility to the program coordinator at omp@health.usf.edu.