School of Medicine

Family & Preventive Medicine : U-HELM

Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM)

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Launched at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2018, U-HELM provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research and practice. A new cohort of approximately 12 U-HELM fellows is selected annually through an application process. U-HELM fellows move through a yearlong curriculum of monthly seminars and networking events that focus on traditional academic career development as well as topics related to cultural identity and challenges of systemic racism. In addition, fellows are matched with a senior-level faculty mentor to address issues of leadership and cultural identity. U-HELM mentors are trained in cultural diversity with methods proven to enhance mentoring effectiveness. U-HELM is designed to supplement, not replace, research or academic discipline mentoring relationships.

U-HELM was founded by Dr. Molly Conroy, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Dr. Kola Okuyemi, Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. April Mohanty, Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and U-HELM Alumna, joined as the program in 2020 as third co-director. Administrative support is provided by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.