30 years ago, a renaissance of dental public health activity began in California. While many of the early advocates and leaders remain in the field today, many of our leaders are or will be retiring soon. This anticipated “brain drain” will result in the loss of many key experts whose institutional memory makes them among the most knowledgeable about the unique aspects of advancing a people-centered oral health agenda that ensures equal access to oral health services regardless of individual or community status. The oral health community in California needs to cultivate new leaders to re-energize the field and replace the long-time knowledgeable experts and advocates.
To help develop emerging oral health leaders in California, Center for Oral Health is establishing the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program.
Named after Robert Isman, DDS, MPH and Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Click here to learn more about Dr. Robert Isman and Dr. Jared Fine.
The main objective of the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program is to foster and mentor a new network of emerging leaders who will take responsibility for growing and sustaining the field. This program will generate and engage younger public health professionals and oral health advocates, and prepare them to deepen their knowledge on public policy, and take on leadership roles more effectively.
The Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows must embrace the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Rooted in this holistic understanding of health and the belief that a state of optimal health cannot be accomplished without good oral health, the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership projects will address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.
The Center for Oral Health is pleased to offer a student fellowship/ internship opportunity for one qualified undergraduate or graduate student. Students from various disciplines (public health, dentistry, social work, public policy etc.) with a demonstrated interest in public health, health disparities research or dental public health in general, are encouraged to apply.
A renaissance of dental public health activity began in California approximately 30 years ago. While many of the early advocates and leaders remain in the field today, many of our leaders are or will be retiring soon. This anticipated “brain drain” will result in the loss of many key experts whose institutional memory makes them among the most knowledgeable about the unique aspects of advancing a people-centered oral health agenda that ensures equal access to oral health services regardless of individual or community status. The oral health community in California needs to cultivate new leaders to re-energize the field and replace the long-time knowledgeable experts and advocates. Therefore, the Center for Oral Health started the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program in 2015 and has decided to offer a student fellowship this year.
The Isman-Fine Student Fellowship Program is a mentored student fellowship/ internship program focused on dental public health research and programming. The fellow with report directly to the Director of Public Policy Research and complete one research project (related to geriatric oral health this year) while engaging in other minor projects during the period of fellowship. Specific objectives include –
- PRIMARY RESEARCH PROJECT -
- Refine the research project in collaboration with the Director of Public Policy Research and develop a proposal and project timeline. This cycle, aligning with COH’s strategic plan, the fellow will work on a geriatric oral health topic.
- Conduct literature reviews, support data cleaning and analysis, interpret findings and publish a report. Mentorship and guidance will be provided throughout the process.
- OTHER MINOR PROJECTS -
Develop a fellowship work plan based on skills the fellow wishes to hone or develop during the fellowship. The fellow will have opportunities to engage in two of the following projects/ activities with the organization.
- Engage in one of the ongoing projects of the Oral Health Action Coalition of the Inland Empire region
- Support the development of a grant proposal
- Participate in an ongoing project related to oral disease surveillance, public policy analysis or program evaluation
- The fellow will have the opportunity to attend various stakeholder and coalition meetings, shadow organization’s leadership and learn about all ongoing projects/ initiatives at the Center for Oral Health.
Eligibility and Minimum Requirements
Eligible applicants must fulfill the following credential, residence, and age requirements:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate (preferable) degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Must be willing to work a full-time schedule (minimum of 32 hours per week) for a minimum of two (2) months
- The fellowship location is in Pomona, California. Selected fellow must be willing to relocate temporarily, if needed, to work at COH headquarters in Pomona, California for the period of fellowship
- COH will work with the fellow to help fulfil fellowship, practicum or field experience requirements prescribed by their respective programs and universities
Minimum Qualifications (Skill Set)
In addition to fulfilling eligibility criteria listed above, the fellow -
- Demonstrated interest and experience (minimum one year) and/or coursework in research methods and statistical data analysis.
- Must possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills to manage the diverse tasks and interact with program partners.
- Demonstrate superior communication and writing skills are a must
- Quick and curious learner, enterprising and hardworking.
- Should possess a demonstrated passion for public health and serving vulnerable populations.
- Intermediate to advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access) for email, data access, budgeting, and reporting.
- Some experience with data entry, cleaning and analysis with MS-Excel or SAS, and database development with MS-Access preferred. Ability to navigate electronic dental health record/billing software.
The fellow will receive a fixed monthly stipend based on qualifications and experience. The fellow will be responsible for his/ her own health insurance, accommodation, travel and other expenses incurred during the term of the fellowship.
Applications must be submitted to the Center for Oral Health by 2:00 pm (PDT) on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Applications must include:
- A résumé
- Cover letter highlighting your interest in this program, expectations from the experience, why you think you are a good fit for the program and other relevant information you think we should have in considering your candidacy for this opportunity.
- Writing sample (No longer than 4 pages) – A technical writing sample (publication, manuscript, report or others) that reflects your writing, research and analytical abilities.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Center for Oral Health