Fellow Experience: The YHEMOP Difference

Seven racially and ethnically diverse college students.

With a growing shortage of qualified and diverse health professionals in all aspects of public health, the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is committed to reducing health disparities by supporting the next generation of health professionals. OMH is dedicated to advancing and disseminating knowledge in the field of health equity across a variety of health fields.

YHEMOP is no ordinary short-term fellowship experience; as a YHEMOP Health Equity Fellow, you’ll benefit from:

  1. Being mentored by a seasoned health professional.
  2. Leading a high quality, hands on, health equity related project.
  3. Engaging in summer health equity learning opportunities.
  4. Receiving one-on-on support and technical assistance from the YHEMOP Team.

Quality Placement Sites and Projects

As a respected leader in health equity, OMH partners with a variety of organizations serving as placement sites, including but not limited to:

Government agencies, Health care delivery organizations and systems, Public health organizations, Regional Health Equity Councils , Academic institutions, Other organizations that promote health equity and/or address health disparities

Placement sites and heath equity projects are chosen specifically for the quality of the project proposed. Health Equity Fellows complete projects which aim to advance health equity in communities across the U.S.

Past projects include:

  • Developing communication materials for the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis, TN for use by executive leadership when addressing issues of health equity with local politicians and key stakeholders in the state and county.
  • Assisting in leading an interagency working group, focused on helping individuals return to the community after incarceration for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Office of Human Services Policy and presenting research findings to key policy officials.
  • Working to increase awareness of the barriers that Hispanic seniors face in health care by assisting with the development of the Status of Hispanic Older Adults 2017 report, which addresses health inequities among Hispanic older adults and presenting the findings at a National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) Capitol Hill briefing.

Learning Opportunities

YHEMOP Health Equity Fellows have access to additional learning and networking opportunities through interactive webinars. These webinars feature diverse public health leaders and cover a variety of health equity topics within the context of the featured presenter’s expertise and background.

Webinars focus not only on exposing YHEMOP Health Equity Fellows to new topics in health equity, but also allow time for Q&A with the presenters, connecting Fellows directly with public health professionals, and further expanding their professional networks than would be possible during the fellowship alone.

Support and Technical Assistance

Mentor: Each Health Equity Fellow will be matched with a seasoned health equity leader who acts as the Fellow’s point of contact while on site, directing and supervising the student for the entirety of their project.

Health Equity Fellow Liaison: The YHEMOP Team provides a central point of contact, called the Health Equity Fellow Liaison, who supports logistical needs of the Fellows, including assisting with Health Equity Project kick-offs, webinar scheduling, stipend payments, and any other administrative needs required throughout the fellowship.

Technical Assistance Specialist: Each Fellow is matched with a Technical Assistance Specialist who provides additional assistance throughout the project period on a variety of technical topics tailored to the needs of the fellow and their project.

Mentor: A seasoned health equity leader who acts as the Fellow’s point of contact while on site, directing and supervising the student for the entirety of their project. The Mentor directs the Fellows entire on-site experience. Technical Assistance Specialist: Provides additional assistance throughout the project period on a variety of technical topics tailored to the needs of the fellow and their project. Health Equity Fellow Liaison: Supports the logistical needs of Fellows including assisting with Health Equity Project kick- offs, administrative processes, and stipend payment.

Still have questions?

Please feel free to reach out via email at OMHYHEMOP@atlasresearch.us and we’d be happy to help!