The Twin Cities Medical Society’s Dr. Pete Dehnel Public Health Advocacy Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to engage in local public health advocacy activities relevant to a personal area of interest. Students select a priority public issue to focus on throughout the program and work with a physician mentor to determine meaningful actions that can be taken to advocate for relevant policies at the local, state or organizational level. Potential areas of interest include but are not limited to tobacco control, sugar-sweetened beverages, diabetes prevention, gun violence prevention, reproductive health, opioids, food access, active living and affordable housing.
As part of the fellowship, students will serve on a local committee or coalition related to their topic of choice to better understand and collaborate with organizations supporting this issue from across the state. Groups may include the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) Policy & Advocacy Committee, MPHA Health Equity Committee, Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Coalition, or Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition.
Who is Eligible?
All medical students attending the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus during the 2018-2019 school year.
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018. 10 students will be selected to participate in the 2018-2019 cohort. Activities will take place over the course of the academic year.
The fellowship includes membership in the Minnesota Public Health Association and registration at the MPHA Annual Conference in Spring 2019.
Students will be expected to attend a half-day weekend skills development workshop at the beginning of each semester as well as a concluding event in May 2019. At this event, students will have the opportunity to share the results of their advocacy work with physician mentors and other cohort members in the format of their choice (poster, video, photo display, etc). Students will also submit a brief report outlining lessons learned and recommendations for future advocacy work in their area of interest.
Students are expected to conduct their advocacy work under the supervision of a physician mentor with previous experience in public health advocacy. Students may choose to identify a mentor from within the TCMS membership or request to be placed with a mentor.
How to Apply
- Please indicate in your application if you have already identified a physician mentor