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NASTAD 2022 Minority Leadership Program Application

Thank you for your interest in NASTAD's Minority Leadership Program (MLP). Persons of color working in health departments and government agencies face myriad challenges pertaining to job advancement, leadership development, and growth opportunities in these institutions. NASTAD recognizes the need to increase the capacity of emerging leaders of color in health departments and seeks to equip them with skills, mentors, and introspection to advance in their varied personal career trajectories. NASTAD's MLP is a space rooted in social justice for health department staff of color to engage in critical conversations about job advancement; overcoming institutional barriers to equity; managing emotions and burnout; identifying racial and gender-based microaggressions and triggers; successful staff and project management; effective communication; and more. Please complete the application, including attaching all supporting documents, by Thursday, February 10, 2022. The Selection Committee will only review complete applications submitted via 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A junior-mid level person of color working in a state health department or CDC directly funded city/county health department in an HIV, viral hepatitis, or drug user health program.
    • Eligible state health department jurisdictions: Continental United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Pacific Island members of NASTAD (American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau).
    • Eligible CDC-funded city/county health department jurisdictions: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
  • Ability to attend two in-person or virtual convenings, one on June 6-10, 2022, and the other on August 8-12, 2022. 
  • A commitment to participate in alumni engagement activities.

Ideal MLP Candidates Possess: 

  • Expressed desire and passion for exercising leadership in the field of HIV, viral hepatitis, and drug user health. 
  • Understanding social justice, anti-racism, and equity in public health and experience operationalizing these concepts.  
  • A strong work history that demonstrates increasing development of skills and responsibilities. 
  • A willingness to share and communicate the values of MLP with health department colleagues and the public.
  • Strong recommendations from health department and other professional colleagues.