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Community Scholars Program

Northwestern University’s Division of Public Health Practice and Program in Public Health Presents: The Community Scholars Program

The primary aim of the Community Scholars Program (CSP) is to provide capacity-building support via educational workshops for public health organizations. The CSP workshops cover a range of public health topics and were identified by the Program in Public Health (PPH) community partners through needs assessment activities conducted in 2020. 

Since the launch of the CSP, two workshops have been hosted every fall, winter, and spring quarter. They are offered to community organizations and institutions that provide public health services. Workshop participants gain knowledge, skills, and resources that nurture their professional development and help their organizations flourish.  

Special thanks to our community partners, former scholars, administrative staff and faculty for providing feedback and recommendations that informed program revisions.

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Scholar Testimonial

Anhny Beri,  Prgram Direcr, Healhy Fres f Texas

The Community Scholars Program has been a great way to understand core public health structures better, and to develop your understanding of what you already do. I've taken two courses, both of which have helped me dive deeper into public health and nurtured my love for the field."

Anthony Betori, Program Director, Healthy Futures of Texas

Prospective Students

The Community Scholars Program will be hosting two, four-week workshops exclusively for our community partners during the Fallof 2021. Courses will begin the week of September 9, 2021 and will be offered virtually. Registration will open August 11th and close September 3rd. The cost for each workshop is $25.

Access Requirements

Participants will need access to:

  • Internet
  • Microsoft Word and Google Suite
  • Desktop/laptop with video conferencing capabilities

Individuals that have access support needs or questions can contact Anya Patel.

Fall 2021

Insights, Tips, & Tools to Transform Your Health Communications from Okay to Outstanding

Workshop taught by Ashley Sipocz, MPH, CPH 

This workshop is for individuals looking to improve their public health communication practice by utilizing the fundamental skills needed to create and manage messaging to make a positive change. Students will leave this workshop an actionable framework for creating a health-focused communications strategy, regardless of organizational size. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the nuances of health messaging and how to create core messages that resonate with audiences and drive change. 
  • Define and collect relevant data about selected audiences to craft a clear, concise, and impactful communications strategy along each stage of the audience journey. 
  • Demonstrate effective digital tactics for web development, email campaigns, social media management, and understand how they integrate with offline organizing. 

Enfrentando la Anti-negritud

Workshop taught by Shelby Chaney, AM  


Workshop in Spanish: You can participate if you can understand Spanish fluently and you identify with being Latine, Black, or both. 

Taller en español: Se puede participar si puede entender español con fluidez y se identifica con ser Latine, afrodescendiente, o los dos.

Workshop participants will create an evaluation of their organization's current practices and how they perpetuate anti-blackness. After completion of the evaluation, they will create an action plan to begin to strategize on what the next steps for intervention need to be at an organizational/community level. 

Los participantes aprenderán las causas históricas y las implicaciones actuales de la anti-negritud en la comunidad latine. Los participantes crearán una evaluación de las prácticas actuales de su organización y cómo perpetúan la anti-negritud. Después de la finalización de la evaluación, crearán un plan de acción sobre cómo abordar esto a nivel organizacional.