Mentorship Book List

As of this post, our FPHTC Online Mentor Program has over 130 participants. There is about one mentor for every two mentees (1:2 ratio). As the number of program enrollments continue to increase over the summer, we thought this would be a great time to share a few mentoring resources:

  • Mentoring Health Science Professionals by Dr. Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH
    For mentors looking to gain tips on the mentoring process, this book provides insight into mentorship models, phases of the mentoring relationship, and ways to build successful mentoring relationships. Regardless of whether you are mentoring a faculty, student, junior employee, or cross-cultural professional, this book will have applicable suggestions.  It covers more than just your traditional mentoring basics.
  • Transforming Public Health Practice: Leadership and Management Essentials by Bernard J. Healey and Cheryll D. Lesneski
    This text provides the foundation needed for public health practice and management, focusing on developing the knowledge and skills required by the real world of public health. Administrators and supervisors looking to support their team through a mentorship program or mentors who are mentoring groups and future leadership will find this text incredibly valuable.
  • Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference by Bernard J. Turnock
    This is the first book about public health workers, both current and future, that details their roles and responsibilities. It is great for mentees who are looking for basic information about a career possibilities in public health.

As the summer approaches, add these to your reading list and take some time to explore your professional opportunities and enhance your mentoring experiences.

Have any book recommendations for our mentors and mentees? Let us know by emailing


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

One of the initiatives of the FPHTC Online Mentor Program is to “Broaden and/or enhance the understanding of the Florida Department of Health and its missions and programs.” Participants are not only encouraged to increase their awareness of the services that FDOH provides, but keep up with current events related to FDOH, as well.

And what better way of keeping “your finger on the pulse” than sitting in the newsroom? The Florida Department of Health’s Online Newsroom is a tool for the media to read press releases, video and audio interviews, stock photos and videos, and other important information.

FDOH Online NewsroomBest part: you don’t have to be a journalist to get access.

Anyone can check out their website and stay abreast on the latest updates from FDOH. But if reading press releases isn’t your thing, you can always get your news from following their Twitter feed, Facebook page, or YouTube Channel.

After all, FDOH does rank third as most social media friendly health department. (And yes, I got that from reading a press release).

Grant-Writing, a Top Skill!

We surveyed the mentees in our Online Mentoring Program and found that most mentees selected grant-writing as one of their top interests. In a time when the government is considering ways to cut federal public health funding, the ability to effectively write grants can make the difference between continuing and cancelling a public health program or service in your area.

Photo Credit: miggslives

Photo Credit: miggslives

We asked our in-house information specialist, Jo Averill-Snell, to research valuable resources for our OMP participants. Below is a list that may help improve your grant-writing skills:

Now, more than ever, public health professionals will have to be creative in finding new ways to acquire funding to sustain their efforts and continue their programs!

Free Webinar: Core Competencies of Public Health with Dr. Adewale Troutman!

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice just announced an upcoming FREE webinar “Core Competencies in Public Health” hosted by Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH.

Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Adewale Troutman
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2013

Summary: The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are broad sets of skills that are useful in the public health field. These skills strengthen the public health workforce at all career levels and help improve performance.

Audience: This course is designed for public health workers and Florida Department of Health employees.


  1. Describe the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and identify the 8 domains.
  2. Learn why competencies are important in public health and how they are used.
  3. Find out how public health employees use Core Competency tools.
  4. Recognize the benefits of Core Competency training.
  5. Understand how public health employees can use Core Competencies in various stages of their careers.
  6. Find out how Florida and other states use Core Competencies in public health.

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Core Competency Flyer

For more information, please contact Desiree Liburd, Assistant Program Director in Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice at 813-974-9070 or