Minority Health Advocates in RI Seek the Time, Expertise and Voices of 16-22 Year-Olds

Minority Health Advisory Committee Invites Applications
Open to Young People Ages 16-22

(College and high school students with community and public health experience, like the ones who recently helped at the Healthy Corner Store Makeover at Ama’s in Pawtucket, RI, are encouraged to apply for the Minority Health Advisory Committee Youth Ambassador Program.)

RHODE ISLAND – Are you a young person with ideas about how to improve “Minority Health” in RI?  Have you been working in your school or community on public health topics like increasing nutrition or decreasing tobacco-use?  Do you want to work with an adult mentor to learn about policies and programs that effect racial and ethnic minority communities?

The Minority Health Advisory Committee (MHAC) at the RI Department of Health is inviting applications from Minority Youth living in Rhode Island, 16 to 22 years old, for service as Minority Youth Ambassadors.  The term will last until June 2011, and MHAC meets monthly, on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm.

MHAC seeks to have four ambassadors as part of their work providing “direct advice to the Director of Health; and indirect advice to the Department’s senior administrators and planners through the Director regarding the health of racial and ethnic minorities.”  Selection is based on “prior experiences, community representation,” and an interest in “eliminating health disparities, and working to achieve Health Equity.”

Once selected, an MHAC Youth Ambassador is expected to attend the monthly MHAC meetings; provide input and recommendations on “minority health issues, programs and policies, based on knowledge or experience;” work with an MHAC mentor; and prepare a project or presentation about a school- or community-related health topic.

To apply for the program or see more information, click here to download the application or call 401-222-5926.  Inquiries, as well as completed applications, can also be emailed to Jenn.deboer@health.ri.gov, or sent by mail to Jenn DeBoer, Office of Minority Health, Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capital Hill, Room 304, Providence, RI 02908-5097.


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