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NACDD Accepting Applications for the 2017 EPI Mentoring Program

Monday, June 19, 2017   (0 Comments)

Health department staff are invited to apply to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors' 2017 National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology cohort as mentors and mentees.

This program is an excellent opportunity to enhance competency in epidemiology. The goals of the Mentorship Program are to enlarge the pool of trained chronic disease epidemiologists at public health agencies, improve the practice of chronic disease epidemiology, and increase the epidemiological science in chronic disease programs and policies.

The mentoring program runs from July to December 2017. All participants receive travel support to attend a national meeting offering skills and professional development on existing and emerging public health issues.

For Mentee Applicants:
NACDD will select up to four, newly-hired (less than one year) or junior-level epidemiologists from state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Applicants select a project as the focus of mentorship.To apply, send completed mentee application and required documents to

For Potential Mentors:
NACDD is also accepting resumes and curricula vitae from individuals interested in serving as mentors. Eligible applicants include senior chronic disease epidemiologists and epidemiologists with extensive experience in applied chronic disease epidemiology from government (state/local/tribal), academia, research, medical, or private industry settings to serve as mentors. Selected mentors will receive a $3,000 stipend and travel support to complete a mentor site visit. 

To apply, mentor applicants should send a cover letter and most recent resume or curriculum vitae to Please submit required documents by midnight, local time, on Friday, June 30, 2017, to be considered. Mentors and mentees should address all letters to John Robitscher, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, ATTN: Epidemiology Mentoring Program, 2200 Century Parkway, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA, 30345. Scan and send to

Once selected, mentee-mentor pairs will do the following:

1. Select one or more of the seven, targeted competencies that the mentee wishes to strengthen from the following list: planning, analysis, communication, basic public health sciences, informatics, and computer knowledge, cultural diversity, and evaluation.
2. Focus on a specific project, identified by the mentee, to strengthen mentee competency in applied chronic disease epidemiology. Projects should be related to one of the essential functions of chronic disease epidemiology as described in the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' Applied Epidemiology Competencies Toolkit available at the CSTE Workforce Competencies website.

Information on the National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology can be accessed online.

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
2200 Century Parkway, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone (770) 458-7400
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