Q: Who is eligible to participate in the FPHTC Online Mentor Program?
A: Florida Department of Health employees, employees of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Florida, and USF College of Public Health students (undergraduates and graduates) are eligible and encouraged to apply for the FPHTC Online Mentor Program.
Q: What is the time commitment for program participation?
A: Participants are expected to commit a minimum of 15 clock hours over the course of 4- to 12- months (12 mentee-mentor meeting contact hours and 3 contact hours of professional development course work). There are no program start and end dates, but participants will be provided with suggested mentorship schedules for 4-month, 6-month and 12-month schedules as a starting point.
Q: How does the Online Mentor Program support me?
A: The Online Mentor Program is here to help you with your professional development and mentoring needs. We have a sophisticated database to match you with the appropriate mentor or mentee partner, as well as a dedicated program staff ready to support you throughout the program.
Q: What are the benefits to my participating in the Mentor Program?
A: There are so many benefits that you will receive! In the Online Mentor Program, you will have the opportunity to network with other public health professionals, to receive assistance with your professional development, and to gain experiential learning to supplement your education or work experience.
Q: Will I receive credit for participating in the FPHTC Online Mentor Program?
A: Although we were unable to offer CEUs for the entire program, we are able to offer CEUs for participants who complete one or both of these online courses: “Role of Mentorship in Public Health (1 contact hour)” and “Public Health Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Certificate (3 contact hours)”. Although these courses are open to anyone, those who are enrolled in OMP are eligible for CEUs (provided they complete BOTH course and OMP requirements
Q: How should meetings between mentors and mentees occur?
A: Correspondence between you and your mentor may occur by telephone, in person, and/or by other virtual methods (web-conferencing, video-chat, etc.). Note: All mentor-mentee meetings must be two-way synchronous or in real-time in order to count towards contact hours. Asynchronous (e-mail) or other one-way communication is not considered a mentorship meeting.
Q: How can I learn more about the FPHTC Online Mentor Program?
A: Most of the information about the program is included in this website. However, if you have additional questions or comments, please contact the Program Coordinator by e-mail at OMP@health.usf.edu.
Q: How can help promote this program in my county or department?
A: We have marketing materials (i.e., brochures, flyers, email blurbs, PowerPoint and Prezi presentations) to assist you in the marketing the program to your staff or employees.