The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) Ambassador Program aims to promote careers in public and environmental health among high school and college students. Many students may not know about career opportunities in the field of public and environmental health. The goal is to encourage the next generation to enter the public and environmental health field. MEHA Ambassadors are public health and environmental health professionals interested in creating a career pathway for students. CMRPC Public Health Training Manager, Mishel Caisapanta is a MEHA Ambassador, along with James Starbard, Regional Director from RCAP, Michael Mendez, Environmental Health Manager from the Framingham Public Health Department, and Steven Ward, MEHA Board Member. They conducted a presentation at Worcester State University and provided an overview of the roles of local and environmental health. During the presentation they discussed employment, internship opportunities and credentials in the field. At the end of their presentation, they answered questions from students and faculty staff. As MEHA Ambassadors, they are excited to continue this work among Central Massachusetts and make an impact for the next generation.
Become a MEHA Ambassador!
What is the MEHA Ambassador Program?
The MEHA Ambassador Program aims to promote careers in public and environmental health among high school and college students. As all of us know, public/environmental health is an exciting and noble career path to take. Many seeking such a career may not know about it or may not know how to enter the field. Locally and nationally, there is a significant shortage of people entering the field and many are leaving due to retirement or pursuit of different career paths.
Who are the MEHA Ambassadors?
Ambassadors are all of us – public/environmental health professionals.
What do MEHA Ambassadors do?
MEHA Ambassadors conduct outreach to high school and college students about careers in public and environmental health. Ambassadors determine where they provide outreach, but we recommend that they reach out to educational institutions where they have a connection -- their alma maters, other high schools or colleges in their communities, etc. Your outreach can be instrumental in bringing new and energetic individuals to our profession.
What should I present to students?
We recommend that Ambassadors give a presentation to students. MEHA has developed several different presentations that may be used as-is or that Ambassadors may adjust to meet their needs, presentation style, and audience. Presentations prepared include:
- A 60-minute presentation (45 minutes + 15 minutes for Q&A)
- A 90-minute presentation (75 minutes + 15 minutes for Q&A)
- A 105-minute presentation (90 minutes + 15 minutes for Q&A) that allots additional time for food safety
I’d like to participate, but I need to brush up on my presentation skills. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Here are some resources:
- Got Presentation Rust? 3 Steps to shake it off
- 7 Tips for improving presentation skills
- The 5 P’s of Presentation
We are also happy to provide technical assistance and help Ambassadors practice their presentations.
I’m interested in becoming a MEHA Ambassador. How do I know if I’m eligible?
You are eligible to be a MEHA Ambassador if:
- You have an active MEHA membership
- You work in the field of public or environmental health, for example, if you are a health agent, sanitarian, health director, or other professional with environmental health experience
- You have worked in your field for at least two years
I’m interested in becoming a MEHA Ambassador. How can I join?
Are Ambassadors required to be MEHA Members?
Yes, all Ambassadors are required to hold an active MEHA membership.
Do I need to tell anyone where I want to provide outreach?
Yes! We request that Ambassadors notify us of their intended outreach locations and anticipated dates at least 2 weeks in advance. These locations will be posted on this page. We will track the locations where outreach is being provided to ensure that there is no overlap or duplication of efforts. Notifications may be sent to [email protected].
Are Ambassadors required to provide in-person outreach or can they provide virtual outreach as well?
In-person outreach is preferred. The Ambassador Program Coordinator will consider virtual outreach on a case-by-case basis.
If I am providing in-person outreach, will MEHA pay for my travel?
Yes, we will, if the location is within the NEHA Region 9 area. Ambassadors may request reimbursement for travel costs (tolls, mileage, and parking), at the current federal reimbursement rate, as applicable. Please complete our Reimbursement Form and send it, along with proper documentation (e.g., Google noting distance traveled, EZ Pass receipt, etc.), to [email protected]. If you would like to travel to locations beyond Region 9, approval by the MEHA Board is required before reimbursement may be granted.
How can I learn more?
Email [email protected].
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