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One of the challenges in the effort to combat health disparities in the United States is the growing shortage of qualified and diverse health professionals in all aspects of public health. To replenish the nearly one in four public health professionals entering retirement, schools of public health will have to triple the current number of graduates over the next several years. The Pew Research Center reports that Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and that the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades 1. As the cultural landscape of this country evolves, it is critical that the emerging faces of the public health workforce reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity in communities across the U.S.

In the face of these challenges, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) understands the tremendous contribution that young adults can make in reducing health disparities and is dedicated to advancing and disseminating knowledge in the field of health equity. To this end, OMH has launched the Youth Heath Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP).

YHEMOP provides Health Equity Fellowships to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students interested in a career in health. These fellowships provide hands on, “in the field” learning opportunities through short-term, project-based placements in diverse organizations or institutions that promote health equity and/or addresses health disparities.

“YHEMOP was a good hands-on experience, it helped improve my leadership skills, taught me how to better work with diverse populations, sharpened my data analysis skills, and provided meaningful networking opportunities.”
~ Summer 2016 Health Equity Fellow

YHEMOP Federal Alignment

HHS Strategic Plan
(Goal 4)

Ensure efficiency, transparency accountability and effectiveness of HHS programs by investing in the HHS workforce to help meet America’s health and human service needs

HHS Disparities Action Plan
(Goal 2)

Strengthen the Nation’s health and human services infrastructure and workforce by increasing the ability of future professionals to identify and address racial and ethnic health disparities and increasing the diversity of health care and public health workforces

Healthy People 2020
(Objective: Public Health Infrastructure)

Increase diversity of the public health workforce to include more Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and African Americans who are currently underrepresented

National Stakeholder Strategy
(Goals 1, 2, and 4)

Increase awareness through partnerships

Strengthen and broaden leadership through capacity building and youth engagement

Improve cultural and linguistic competency through workforce development and diversification

Still have questions?

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

1.http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/31/10-demographic-trends-that-are-shaping-the-u-s-and-the-world/  Exit Disclaimer