Members of an MLP cohort posing for photo.

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.

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.

Minority Leadership Program (MLP) application is now open!

NASTAD is pleased to announce the opening of the application cycle for the 2022 Minority Leadership Program (MLP). Applications for the Minority Leadership Program 2022 Cohort are due Thursday, February 10, 2022.

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.  

Estimated Timeline for the Application Process:  

  • February 10, 2022: Applications Due   

  • February 28 – March 4, 2022: Interview Scheduling with Select Candidates  

  • March 7 – 16, 2022: Candidate Interviews   

  • March 23 – 29, 2022: Reference Calls with Supervisors of Finalists  

  • April 8, 2022: Acceptance Letters Sent to Selected Fellows   

*While our goal is to host in-person trainings this year, MLP sessions may transition to a virtual platform as we continue to prioritize public health while navigating the shifting COVID-19 pandemic. Should we gather in person, participants will need to show proof of COVID vaccination, submit a travel approval letter signed by their supervisors, and follow the strictest precautionary measures, including proper mask-wearing while indoors, social distancing, proper handwashing, and refraining from interacting with others if not feeling well. 

Download the files below for more information on the MLP application and application checklist. 

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