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About the Program

Resource Persons Network

About the Program

The Resource Persons Network (RPN) is a group of professionals who volunteer their services on an as-needed basis in support of OMHRC's mission to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., as well as the knowledge of knowing that their outreach efforts will help, inspire, and create a difference in the minority populations served.

RPN Responsibilities

Depending on the organization's needs, RP's will be needed to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Reviewing grant proposals
  • Speaking at conferences and workshops
  • Serving as advisor to committees and workgroups
  • Assisting with program/organizational development
  • Offering guidance on preparing reports and speeches

Membership Criteria

An academic degree. Applicants should have a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree. The academic areas should be health related, such as public health, health education, social work, and organizational management.

Experience working with minority populations. Applicants must have experience working on health issues related to African American, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Asian Pacific Islanders.

Experience in program development and organizational development. Applicants must have experience working in the following areas: public health, health education, organizational development, grants, or working with community-based organizations.

Applicants must have at least five years of experience working with minority health issues.

Memeber Benefits

  • OMHRC Electronic Newsletter - FYI, Money and More and Towards Health Equity - these two electronic newsletters provide up-to-date information on minority health issues, grants, conference announcements, and more.
  • RPN Spotlight Opportunity - the potential to be spotlighted on the OMHRC website, as well as spotlighted in the OMHRC electronic newsletters
  • Access to Information - the ability to receive database searches, funding searches, and current data and statistics on a variety of health conditions and issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities

Using the Network, When an RPN is Requested

To access an RPN, organizations, academia, and other health professionals can call the OMH Resource center at the toll-free number 800-444-6472 and speak to an Information Specialist, who will handle the request.

After all pertinent information has been collected, and in accordance with the request, a database search to find an RPN member who has the proper experience will be conducted.

Once an RPN has been identified, the requestor will receive information that describes the RPN's expertise, qualifications, geographical location, and contact information, so that the requestor can contact the RPN member directly regarding their needs.

Join the Network

The OMHRC welcomes applications from multidisciplinary health professionals who are interested in joining the Resource Persons Network. RPN members have expertise in a variety of fields, including cancer, research, funding, adolescent health and aging issues. The OMHRC is currently looking to increase the number of RPN members that have expertise in cultural competency and research and data analysis.

Applicants should have proven experience in minority health, working with community-based organizations and public health institutions on program development, organizational development, grant management, or specific health issues. Expertise should be related to one or multiple minority groups. All applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working with minority health issues.

Interested professionals should call our toll-free number at 1-800-444-6472 to obtain an RPN application; or Click here to complete the application online.

If you choose to print and mail your application, completed applications should be returned to:

RPN Program Manager
P.O. Box 37337
Washington, D.C. 20013.

You can email your completed application to Chief RPN Program Coordinator.

Please remember to attach your resume or CV to all completed applications.

Last Modified: 06/07/2013 12:08:00 PM
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