Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring Program

Mission Statement

To enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the University of Minnesota to reduce health inequities

Effective mentoring is one of the most critical components of a successful academic career. HELM addresses some of the challenges that faculty and postdoctoral fellows/trainees from minority and underserved communities and other faculty whose research focuses on health equity may face in the academic setting. A new cohort of HELM fellows is selected annually to participate in the program.

Program Components

  • Seminar Series Sessions: Fellows who are accepted into the program attend monthly seminar series sessions. In addition to traditional academic career development topics, seminars will cover critical topics in health equity research and leadership, i.e. cultural resonance and diversity, micro-aggressions and historical trauma, and the continuing impact of institutional racism on professional development in the 21st century. 
  • Mentoring: Fellows are matched with a senior level faculty mentor. Mentors in the program offer training on cultural diversity with proven methods to enhance mentoring effectiveness. Current mentor/mentee dyads can be considered for the program.


  • Opportunities to meet with local and national leaders on topics of leadership development and health equity issues.
  • Receive priority consideration for local and national professional development opportunities
  • Develop professional network with other health equity scholars
  • Obtain a certificate upon successful completion of the program


Expectations for HELM Fellows include:

  • Attend the kickoff seminar - September 21, 2018 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Seminar series will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (October 2018 - June 2019)
    • Must be able to attend at least 7 out of 9 seminar series sessions
  • Meet at least three times with a HELM mentor over the course of a year
    • Complete an individual development plan, which includes a self-assessment, short and long-term goal setting, etc. that will be reviewed at each mentor meeting
  • Complete program evaluations
  • Provide post-program updates to program staff