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National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology



The applied chronic disease epidemiology mentoring program, a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), was established in 2010. Under the guidance of a mentor with senior-level experience and knowledge in chronic disease epidemiology, mentees are coached to complete a specific project within a year. The goal is to increase the mentee's competency in one or two of the following specific areas-- planning, assessment and analysis, communication, basic public health sciences, informatics, cultural diversity and evaluation --and thereby increase the state's overall chronic disease epidemiology capacity.  

Mentees allocate 20%-30% of their time to a meaningful project and agree to generate a product. Between 2010 and 2016, nearly fifty mentee-mentor pairs participated in the program. On a scale of 1-5 (5 = excellent), the mean score for all key evaluation indicators was > 4.0 and thirteen chronic disease epidemiologists received increased recognition at their respective health departments for their participation in this program in ten states. Two mentees received promotion at work. This program is an effective means by which junior chronic disease epidemiologists can advance key competencies, and states can increase their capacity unconstrained by the barrier of hiring new staff.

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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Decatur, GA 30030
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