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Opportunity for Junior Faculty Members & Postdocs at the University of Utah

Effective mentoring and leadership development are some of the most critical components of a successful academic career. The University of Utah will launch the Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) program in 2018 with the goal of enhancing the academic excellence and leadership capacity of faculty and postdocs from underrepresented populations in the health sciences as well as health equity researchers at the University of Utah. U-HELM will focus on some of the challenges that trainees and faculty from minority and underserved groups as well those health equity researchers may face.

Program Components

  • Training & Development: Fellows who are accepted into the program attend monthly seminar series sessions. In addition to “traditional” academic career development and leadership topics, seminars will cover critical topics related to cultural identities, i.e. cultural resonance and diversity, micro-aggressions and historical trauma, etc. U-HELM is not a research mentoring program, therefore research-related topics will not be the focus.
  • Mentoring: Fellows are matched with a senior level faculty mentor to address issues of leadership and cultural identity. Mentors in the program are offered training on cultural diversity with proven methods to enhance mentoring effectiveness. U-HELM is not designed to replace research or academic discipline mentors, but to supplement existing mentoring existing relationships by addressing domains not usually address, in traditional academic relationships. Current mentor/mentee dyads can be considered for the program.
  • Networking: Fellows will have monthly opportunities to network with peers, leaders from the University of Utah, and leaders from other institutions across the United States.

U-HELM Fellow Expectations

  • Attend the kickoff seminar
    • Date: September 17, 2018 from 12:00-4:30 pm (lunch provided)
  • Attend 7 (out of 9) seminar series sessions between October 2018 - June 2019
    • Dates: 2nd Fridays of each month from 11:30-1:30 pm (lunch provided)
  • Meet at least three times with a U-HELM mentor over the course of the program
  • Complete program evaluations for program improvement purposes
  • Complete an individual development plan (i.e. self assessment, short and long-term goal setting, etc.) that will be reviewed at each mentor/fellow meeting
  • Complete short readings prior to seminar series sessions as assigned

Eligibility & Application Process

  • Current University of Utah junior faculty and fellows from and/or working with minority or underserved populations. We welcome applications from all areas of University of Utah Health, e.g. clinical, research, and lecturer.
  • For the 2018-2019 U-HELM program, approximately 12 fellows will be selected. A new cohort of U-HELM fellows will be selected annually to participate in the program.
How to apply:

Applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back in the future for further updates on future application processes and dates. Thank you.

Sponsors & Contact Information

The program is made possible with support from the University of Utah Health’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and the Center for HOPE (Health Outcomes & Population Equity)

Questions? Please contact Kristin Eide (