Minority Leadership Program

Minority Leadership Program
MLP is a leadership development and investment program for persons of color working at various levels in state or CDC funded health department positions in HIV/AIDS or viral hepatitis programs.
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Persons of color working in health departments and government agencies face myriad challenges as it pertains to job advancement, leadership development, and growth opportunities in these institutions. NASTAD recognizes the need to be able to increase the capacity of emerging leaders in health departments and seeks to equip them with skills, mentors, and introspection that will help them advance in their varied personal career trajectories. MLP will serve as a safe space rooted in social justice for health department staff of color to engage in critical conversations about skills necessary for job advancement, institutional barriers, managing emotions and burnout, racial- and gender-based microaggressions, triggers, staff and project management, communication and more.  Over the course of 10 months, MLP participants will hone and develop hard and soft skills that will assist them as they matriculate through a career in public health.

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Our vision is to encourage and increase the number of people of color in leadership roles in public health systems who competently promote health equity and reduce stigma. Through collaboration, marginalized communities will experience a shift from surviving to thriving.

MLP Overview

3 Words to Describe MLP

Journey to Public Health

Impact on Professional Growth

Alumni Success Story - Stephanie Okehie

Alumni Success Story - Safere Diawala

Health Department Connections: Baltimore

Health Department Connections: DC

What MLP is Not

Vision for People of Color Working in Health Departments

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