FPHLP Webinar: Program Overview


Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Hoelscher and I am the coordinator for the Future Public Health Leaders Program or FPHLP as we like to call it So I’m gonna be guiding you through our webinar today. So thank you all so much for tuning in. This is our first informational webinar for the 2020 application cycle. So in this webinar, I’ll be giving an overview of the program and the application process I’ll start off by giving some background on FPHLP and then jump into details about the program including what the day today looks like eligibility requirements and the application process At the very end of the webinar, I’ll open it up to questions from all of you And to ask a question, you can just type it into the chat I think that will be the easiest so that I can make sure that I can hear Or make sure that I’m getting your question correct. And so I’ll be able to see it in there and then answer it for you All right, so let’s begin with the About Us section so Michigan FPHLP is a product of a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the CDC and the University of Michigan School of Public Health Specifically, our program is funded by the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity The CDC funds five public health pipeline programs as a part of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program or CUPS The CUPS Program is designed to equip a diverse cohort of students interested in pursuing public health as a career to better serve the American public. So FPHLP is amongst the CUPS Program funded by the CDC The goal of these public health pipeline programs including Michigan FPHLP is to invest in a diverse generation of public health leaders. At the very end of the program all the CUPS Programs come together at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia So this is a great opportunity to learn about the experience of other CUPS scholars as well as network and learn from the public health professionals working at the national level. So it’s a really great Opportunity to end the program with to interact with all these great professionals. Then additionally students will also have a chance to present their poster at the CDC which is really cool also. So while we are all funded by the CDC, each CUPS Program is coordinated separately and offers some different opportunities We all have our own application So if you are considering applying to more than one CUPS Program, you will have to complete an application for each program. To learn more about the different CUPS Programs, we just encourage you to visit the CDC’s website. So cdc.gov/features/studentopportunities We also have links to all of our partners and the CUPS Programs listed on our website, so you can also check there Okay, so now we’re going to shift into what the program is all about. So Michigan FPHLP is a 10-week residential summer program. The program is designed to encourage underrepresented students to consider careers in public health No previous public health experience is required to apply and participate in the program So the program is housed in the University of Michigan School of Public Health which is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan But we’re getting close to winter now, but I promise this picture resembles what campus will be like in the summer. It really will look like this. So next, I’ve included a snapshot of our past Michigan FPHLP cohorts. So far, we’ve had eight cohorts The cohort for summer 2020 will represent our ninth cohort. We’ve had nearly 350 participants in Michigan FPHLP. That that comes out to 348 to date. Our students have come from 193 different universities and colleges over the course of eight years I’ve also included the list of college majors that our students have come into the program with including anthropology, communications, engineering, psychology, and public health just to name a few. So not only are students coming from all over the United States and US territories, they are also coming in with different interests and reasons for exploring public health So we have five main components that make up Michigan FPHLP. So curriculum, research project, field placement, and community service and then mentorship which is overarching over the first four. So during the summer participants will have extensive opportunities to meet, interact, and engage with diverse public health practitioners and faculty These interactions mostly take place during our curriculum days where students will participate in workshops and seminars around different topics in the field of public health. For the research project students will work in cluster groups to conduct a community health assessment with guidance from University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty and community and government health leaders. These research projects really inform future work for local public health professionals. So it’s not just doing busy work. It’s doing something that is really tangible and will be used by our community here During the program, participants will gain field experience three days a week in community-based organizations, government health organizations, health systems or research centers. So this is based on students interest once selected for the program of where you’ll be placed Throughout the summer, students also serve in the local community working on public health related projects each community service project acts to complement the public health curriculum Community service takes place in Detroit, Michigan, Flint, and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti areas. And lastly, we provide formalized mentorship opportunities to help answer any questions participants may have about the public health field since it’s very broad, navigating graduate school and public health careers and just any other life questions that you may have throughout the summer. They’re there to help you and guide you. So each cluster group is assigned two mentors whom they’ll meet with weekly throughout the summer and again really get to ask any of those questions that they are curious about So all components of the program are designed to help provide students with a broad and diverse perspective of public health while helping to create connections with faculty members, mentors, and other public health practitioners. So now let’s break it down to the day-to-day. So students participate in those curriculum days Mondays and Fridays at the School of Public Health, so they’ll be here on campus for those two days Students will be at their field placement three days a week Tuesday through Thursday So those could be in Ann Arbor area but also in Detroit or Flint. So students who have further field placement sites will have cars that they’ll drive to to get there. And then on various Saturdays throughout the summer, students will serve in the local community. So that’s that community service piece. The program has a unique structure in which Michigan FPHLP participants are surrounded by what we call a “Web of Support” So that consists of program staff, public health professionals, and School of Public Health faculty. All these key players are there to guide students throughout the summer. We know it can be overwhelming to travel to a new place for 10 weeks and be given lots of information to digest and help inform your future career goals, so we’ve been intentional around providing a lot of touch points for students to find connection and support throughout the whole summer. So what can Michigan FPHLP offer you? So the first five listed there, I’ve overviewed, but I’ll run through very quickly So there’s a 1-week visit to the CDC in Atlanta Georgia. So that happens at the very end of the program and it’s that Showcase event where you can interact with other CUPS Scholars and the trip is covered by the … by Michigan FPHLP Networking opportunities with diverse public health practitioners and faculty. So those are those touch points where–it occurs a lot in curriculum days and you’ll create a lot of connections throughout the summer. Hands-on learning through a field placement. So that’s the placement at a field placement site Where you’ll be Tuesday through Thursday and get a lot of experience working with your preceptor on a specific project that they’ve created for you. Engage mentorship to encourage personal and professional development. So that’s that formalized mentorship piece where students will be able to interact with professionals in the public health field who are seasoned and experienced and can answer any of your questions. And then career exploration of the public health disciplines. So public health is a very diverse field and so students come away with learning more about each specific discipline within public health and can create some clarity for them of where they fit into the public health field. So we also offer a $3000 stipend, on-campus housing in a nearby dorm, and round-trip transportation from your home to Ann Arbor. And this will be your way of getting to the program, so you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get here–we’ll will pay for your flight to come here and so that’s really so you don’t have to worry about where you’re gonna sleep for ten weeks or how you’re gonna get here in hopes that you can just focus on learning and growing during the summer. So now let’s move on to the eligibility for the program. So we do have requirements that you have to meet in order to participate in Michigan FPHLP. You are eligible for FPHLP if you are a US Citizen, Permanent Resident or US National. You have completed at least two years or equivalent of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university in the US, Puerto Rico or other US territory. We do…we do accept recent college graduates who have graduated within 5 months of the program start date, so that’s fall winter term of 2019 or spring term of 2020. And those recent college graduates cannot have been accepted into a graduate program already. Our minimum GPA is…is 2.7. Underrepresented Individuals in the field of public health are strongly encouraged to apply including individuals with disabilities. and/or individuals with who live and are from rural communities. Alright, so now that you’ve gotten an overview of the program and its eligibility requirements, I’m going to focus on how to apply to Michigan FPHLP 2020. So our application is currently open, and you can access it on our website from the application page, which you can find on the navigation on the left side of the homepage. The deadline to apply to Michigan FPHLP is January 31, 2020. And we do have a deadline time limit, so it’s 11:59 p.m Eastern Standard Time, so make sure you’re paying attention to timezone because here in Ann Arbor, we are in the Eastern timezone. Our application includes uploading a PDF of your resume or CV; providing an unofficial transcript from your higher education institution; writing three short essays based on our prompts provided; and two letters of recommendation. Once the application closes, our application review committee will start its process of reviewing applications, and we will be holding individual phone interviews during the months of February and March. I’ve listed the..our website on the page, so it’s sph.umich.edu/fphlp/application that’s where you’ll be able to find our application. I want to turn back to the application components. And a few notes about the application: Please start the application early. I cannot stress this enough. It’s important that you have enough time to prepare all the documents needed, put thought into your essays, and ask your recommenders early. So make sure that you correctly input your recommenders email address into the application; you will not be able to change it. Once you complete your recommenders contact information on the application, they will be sent an email. We encourage you to check in with your recommenders to make sure that they have gotten the email with information on how to submit the letter of recommendation. Sometimes this email can can go to their spam folder, so just make sure that your recommender is aware that an email has been sent and to check their spam as well. And we also encourage you to send reminders of the deadline to your recommender throughout the application period. So definitely make sure you’re checking in and communicating with them throughout the whole process. So we will provide some more tips and suggestions around completing the application in our next webinar, Which is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and it will be a live webinar just like this one. So that’s just a couple weeks away. And again, you can find information about how to join this webinar on the application page of our website. Alright, so I think I’ll go ahead and wrap up. If you do have any more questions, questions just about anything with the application or more just details about the program, definitely feel free to email us. That’s probably the best way to communicate with us. So email us your questions and of course please visit our website where I mean a lot of the information I went over today can be found on our website and there’s some more details and pictures which are always fun to look at And then please please also Connect with us on social media. We I think probably I mean we post the same to most of our social media accounts But probably the most active on Instagram So if you have an Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, please connect with us. And that’s where you’ll kind of you’ll get all the information everything about FPHLP, we post about these webinars, we post about just reminders about completing the application, and we also post updates and stories about some of our past FPHLP participants, which is really great to check in and see the great things that they’re up to So I just want to remind you all our email is [email protected] So please email us if you have any questions. And then thank you again for all tuning in. We..I wish you luck for the application cycle. We really look forward to receiving your applications and reviewing them. This is a really exciting time for all of us to you know, connect with prospective students and then be able to review their applications, so good luck! I know it’s probably midterm time as well for some of you so or maybe you just wrapped up. But hang in there and hope the rest of the semester turns out really well for you as you start looking to finals But good luck with the application. We are excited to review them and thank you again for tuning in. Have a good rest of your day!

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