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.

The application cycle for the 2021 Minority Leadership Program (MLP) is now open. Download the application here and apply online here. Applications are due on Monday, December 14, 2020. Download the application checklist here.

Please note that MLP sessions are virtual this year as we prioritize safety, caution, and public health while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.  

MLP serves as a space, rooted in social justice, for health department staff of color to engage in critical conversations about job advancement; overcoming institutional barriers to equity; managing emotions and burnout; identifying racial and gender-based microaggressions and triggers; successful staff and project management; effective communication; and more. MLP has created a launchpad for dozens of public health professionals of color to visualize and own their leadership roles in ending health inequities. NASTAD recognizes the need to increase the capacity of emerging leaders of color in health departments and equip them with skills, mentors, and introspection to advance their varied personal career trajectories. MLP participation highlights include successful salary negotiations, promotions, influencing culturally relevant public health strategies, and professional connections that last a lifetime.  

Download MLP Overview here.

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