8th Annual Pathways Into Health Conference in Seattle, WA

“Pathways Into Health is a national, grassroots collaboration dedicated to improving the health, health care, and health care education of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in this country.”

I presented at the Annual Pathways Into Health Conference in Seattle, WA yesterday on behalf of The Future Public Health Leaders Program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health; a program that I currently coordinate.


The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a CDC funded program, designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health.

This 10-week summer program provides public health and career mentorship, hands-on and practical field experience, a curriculum with a learning structure that includes didactic learning, skill building workshops, and field experiences.

My presentation was titled “Addressing Health Disparities Through Exposure, Access, and Opportunity: The Future Public Health Leaders Program.”

We believe that a public health workforce that is more reflective and inclusive of the populations in society will be better prepared to address the serious need for reductions in health disparities.

For more information about the conference, visit pathwaysintohealth.org

Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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