Alumni Letter - Fall 2009
I am writing to you with a twofold purpose: I would firstly like to introduce to you an exciting new organization which has been taking shape at Amherst College and secondly offer you the opportunity to interact with ambitious students interested in your field of work.
Since the fall semester of 2008, a group of highly motivated students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners from Amherst and the surrounding community has been working to create meaningful public health partnerships throughout the Pioneer Valley. Through these efforts, we established the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative. The collaborative's mission statement reads:
The Amherst College Public Health Collaborative (ACPHC) brings together college students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners and health care providers in order to engage in and promote issues of public health and social justice in the Pioneer Valley. ACPHC seeks to create long-term partnerships between community organizations and students, create a resource network for students interested in the field and highlight the importance of public health in the wider community. By including all relevant stakeholders, ACPHC aims to positively affect the health of the people living in the Pioneer valley, as well as to deepen the relationships between college students and local community by meaningfully engaging students in community health projects and by providing a means for students to apply classroom knowledge to the world they live in.
An important component of the ACPHC is mentoring and career development. Our goal is to try to connect students with alumni working in public health so that they can form one-on-one mentoring relationships. We find that the alumni who have supported us thus far have been an invaluable source of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. In order to both grow the collaborative and help individual students interested in public health, we will need the help of enthusiastic alumni. We are asking that you please update your profiles on the Alumni Career Network so that we can encourage students to seek out alumni whose careers and interests may intersect with their own.
Thank you so much for your help and time. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.