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CPHA Mentors on Request 

M.O.R. for the Future of Public Health

Make a Difference, Grow Our Workforce, Connect with Youth


In 2007, research showed a new kind of threat to the public’s health: a growing shortage of public health workers. Contributing factors included our aging workforce and population, not enough training programs and poor health habits and health literacy among our general population.

CPHA responded with a long-term goal: Prepare youth and undergraduates as future public health advocates, leaders and health literate citizens with the help of CPHA members.  We formed a Mentoring Committee, called Mentors on Request (MOR) and armed them with activities and tools to engage youth in public health from the classroom to the community. Since 2007 MOR membership has grown from 7 to 45 members (see below).  Through our CPHA MOR partnerships we have reached thousands of Connecticut youth and undergraduates with opportunities to understand public health through active engagement.  


The panel included Nkemdilim Chi Anako,  Director, Community Health and Well Being Trinity Health Of New England;  Anthony Dias, Vice President of Data Services for the Connecticut Hospital Association;  Frances Padilla, President of the Universal Health Care Foundation; Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department; and Tracey Scraba, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Aetna. 


Highlights of our MOR partners’ work include:

  • Reaching over 10,000 high school and early college students with our partners, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).  See the classroom PowerPoint activity:  Adventures in Public Health below
  • Launching MOVE and MENTOR a nationally recognized program to boost youth engagement in public health:  Our CPHA MOR-HOSA Partnership was one of three outstanding projects, recognized by International HOSA in 2018. Together we created the MOVE and MENTOR Step Challenge engaging health career students from 15 high schools, who logged over 50 million steps, as they learned about public health concepts and careers.  Check out the story in The Nation's Health

  • Holding Public Health Speed Mentoring Programs: These successful Career Mentoring Activities have drawn among the largest audiences at CPHA Annual Conferences and at Southern CT State University. (See our Speed Mentoring Guide).

  • Providing online tools, activities and presentations for educators and mentors/professionals, including:  


MOR to Come:

·       Watch for our members’ Career Videos, Short stories on this site about personal career pathways.

·       Public Health MOR members have the opportunity to post their internships and other workplace learning opportunities. A form for you to complete and send to our web master will be posted shortly.


Who We Are

Unlike Fortune 500 companies that invest in company tours and internships to find young talent for their workplace, CPHA has a different attitude about spending time with students. Even if students do not join the public health workforce, they will be more likely to contribute to a healthy community by practicing healthy behaviors, caring for the environment and becoming effective public health advocates and educated citizens. In short, as career mentors and ambassadors, MOR members never lose when we spend time with youth and young adults.





         Mentors on Request (MOR) Members - As of January 2018

The 45 M.O.R. Members

American Cancer Society

Institute for Community Research

Black Women’s Health Council

Ledge Light Health District

Central CT Health District

Meriden Dept. of Health and Human Services

Chesprocott Health District

Naugatuck Valley Health District

CT Area Health Education Center Network

New Britain Health Department

CT Association of Directors of Health

New Haven Health Department

CT Children’s Medical Center, Injury Prevention

New London Health Department

CT Department of Public Health

Newtown Health Department

CT Partnership for Public Health Workforce Development

Northeast District Department of Health

Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Danbury Health and Housing Department

Plainville-Southington Regional Health District

Delta Omega Beta Rho, Univ. of CT MPHProgram

Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors

East Hartford Dept. of Health and Human Services

Southern CT State University Dept. of Public Health

East Shore District Health Department

Southern CT State University Public Health Society

Eastern CT State University Health Science Dept.

University of St. Joseph

Farmington Valley Health District

University of Hartford

Goodwin College

Univ. of CT, Master of Public Health Alumni Board

Guilford Health Department

University of CT Master of Public Health Program

Hartford Food System

University of CT, Public Health Student Organization

Hartford Health and Human Services Department

West Haven Health Department

Health Occupations Students of America, CT Chapter

Yale School of Public Health

Health and Equity, LLC

Yale Emerging Infections Program

Hispanic Health Council



2018-19 Priorities

MOR’s Leadership Team representing experts in public and private education, workforce development, curriculum development and mentoring will ensure that future MOR activities effectively connect educators to public health professionals. CPHA MOR priorities for 2018-19 currently include:

  • Expanding public health experiential learning and career mentoring to undergraduate public health majors
  • Reaching 3000 students around the state through our Adventures in Public Health presentation and the CPHA MOR-HOSA Move and Mentor Step Challenge. 
  • Establishing a webpage to connect MOR public health mentors to educators, including those at high schools and undergraduate public health and health science programs.
  • Securing funding to support MOR staffing and/or student interns.
  • Raising awareness of online health literacy lessons and Public Health 101: From Disease Prevention to Disaster Preparedness as a blended curriculum available to all high schools and community colleges 


Resources and Professional Development Opportunities

Free Tools for Educators, Employers and Mentors

Our Introduction to Public Health PowerPoint:

      Adventures in Public Health(2018 update)
This PowerPoint covers hot topics and careers in public health and provides  short videos and engaging
          activities  that introduce students to the field.


      Health Literacy: Don’t Leave School Without It (2018 update)


How to Join the CPHA MOR
To connect with teachers and teaching institutions to prepare young people for community service, healthier lifestyles and careers in public health, just click here for the MOR Registration Form.


For more information about the CPHA MOR, please contact the MOR Leaders: N. Chi Anako, MPH, CHES at, Cyndi Billian Stern, MA, MPH  at or Joan Lane, MPH at



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