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New APHA award recognizes active public health mentors.

To honor the important role mentoring plays in public health and leadership development, APHA will award the first-ever Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award during APHA's 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia Nov. 7-11. The award will be given annually to a senior public health practitioner or academic who takes an active role in mentoring students and young professionals through regular contact, professional development, research support or joint publications.

The award, made possible through an endowment by APHA Executive Board member Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH, includes an honorarium of $500, a commemorative plaque, and complementary registration and travel allowance to the Annual Meeting.

Mentors and mentees must be APHA members and must connect through the National Mentoring Database (see story, above). Mentors will be nominated by their mentees, who must submit a 500-word essay on the contributions of their mentor to their work.

Full details about the nomination process are online at www.apha.org/about/awards/08studentmentor.htm.

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 17. For more information, e-mail deborah.dillard@ apha.org or call 202-777-2442.
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Title Annotation:STUDENT FOCUS: News of interest to students in public health
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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