Placement Site Experience: The YHEMOP Difference

Five racially and ethnically diverse young professionals meeting.

The Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) is committed to providing high quality fellowship experiences to emerging health professionals. We could not achieve this goal without the help of our esteemed partner organizations who serve as Placement Sites.

By serving as a Placement Site, organizations not only gain access to a pool of highly accomplished applicants, but also contribute to the development of the future public health workforce. More importantly, YHEMOP builds capacity within the organization as the fellow’s project contributes meaningfully to their organization’s mission.

YHEMOP is not a typical fellowship program; serving as a Placement Site, you and your YHEMOP Health Equity Fellow will benefit from access to and support from:

  1. Qualified health equity fellow candidate pool.
  2. Applicant review assistance.
  3. Increased organizational capacity for the project period.
  4. Support and technical assistance by the YHEMOP team to complete Health Equity Projects.

“[Health Equity Fellow] increased our capacity for thinking outside the box and helping us think about how to implement the mission we have created.”
~ Summer 2017 Mentor

Qualified Candidate Pool

YHEMOP Placement Sites gain access to a pool of highly qualified candidates from colleges and universities across the country. Through ongoing recruitment efforts and collaboration with academic institutions, federal agencies, and other public health organizations, YHEMOP is uniquely situated to reach a diverse pool of applicants ranging from undergraduates to doctoral students.

Applicant Review Assistance

To provide the most efficient and effective matching process possible, the YHEMOP Team provides assistance to Placement Sites during the review phase. This process takes into account the needs and preferences of the Placement Site and ensures the best fit between the Placement Site and YHEMOP Health Equity Fellow.

Increased Organizational Capacity

As with any summer internship or fellowship program, the host organization gains capacity for the fellowship time period. YHEMOP Health Equity Fellows are qualified and ready to provide substantive assistance on a variety of projects and deliverables. Through the YHEMOP Fellow matching process, Placement Sites can be confident that their fellow will be ideally suited to work specifically on their identified Health Equity Project.

Past projects include:

  • Leading an outreach and engagement effort to local faith-based organizations to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health among community members.
  • Implementing a health equity curriculum with high school students as a core component of a local high school leadership program in partnership with Marshall University.
  • Carrying out recommendations from a city Health Commissioner, including carrying out recommendations from a Mayor’s task force; increasing access to overdose prevention services, including access to naloxone; planning an International Overdose Awareness Day; and, supporting efforts to increase access to buprenorphine and a 24/7 stabilization center.
  • Participating in a research project to assess poverty and upward mobility from the perspectives of social service providers and social service recipients to inform solutions, decisions, practices, and policies that can enhance upward mobility in both the state and across the country.

Support and Technical Assistance

Each YHEMOP Health Equity Fellow is supported by a team of professionals working to ensure they have a positive and productive placement. During other internship experiences, your organization could be solely responsible for managing a summer Fellow. With YHEMOP, each Placement Site is required to identify a Mentor from their organization to supervise the Fellow and their work; but the Mentor and Fellow will receive additional support from a Health Equity Fellow Liaison and Technical Assistance Specialist. These roles are unique to YHEMOP.

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, curriculum and 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!