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Minority Leadership Program

MLP is a leadership development and investment program for persons of color working at various levels in state or CDC funded health department positions in HIV/AIDS or viral hepatitis programs.

The application cycle for the 2023 Minority Leadership Program (MLP) is now open. Applications for the 2023 MLP Cohort are due on Monday, February 6, 2023.

2023 MLP Application Materials

MLP serves as 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. MLP has created a launchpad for dozens of public health professionals of color to visualize and own their leadership roles in ending health inequities. NASTAD recognizes the need to increase the capacity of emerging leaders of color in health departments and equip them with skills, mentors, and introspection to advance their varied personal career trajectories. MLP participation highlights include successful salary negotiations, promotions, influencing culturally relevant public health strategies, and professional connections that last a lifetime.

MLP Overview

Our vision is to encourage and increase the number of people of color in leadership roles in public health systems who competently promote health equity and reduce stigma. Through collaboration, marginalized communities will experience a shift from surviving to thriving.

3 Words to Describe MLP

Journey to Public Health

Impact on Professional Growth

Alumni Success Story - Stephanie Okehie

Alumni Success Story - Safere Diawala

Health Department Connections: Baltimore

Health Department Connections: DC

What MLP is Not

Vision for People of Color Working in Health Departments