The Health Effect Fellowship for Public Health Promotion

The Health Effect is designed to impact “whole child, whole school, and whole community” through strategic collaborations that increase the collective capacity for all children to succeed in school and thrive in their communities. This unique opportunity allows fellows to develop educational, advocacy and leadership skills for the care of under-served populations in Little Haiti, Overtown and Liberty City.

The fellow should have direct interest in the core areas of child/adolescent health, active living lifestyles, nutrition and dietetics, and community health education. The fellow should have the ability to motivate and engage members in ways that result in positive health and wellness outcomes.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Collect, analyze and utilize health-related data to identify areas of greatest opportunity for change.
  • Perform community outreach activities, such as facilitating workshops and events on building a culture of health and making gains in areas related to health promotion.
  • Establish baseline and measurement criteria, evaluate programs, and report results.
  • Use assessment tools provided to audit the physical space, environment, and communications promoting healthy behaviors, to assist participants in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Collaborate with the MDCPS teachers, staff and administration to assess community capacity and community needs.
  • Refer participants, as appropriate, to mental health and physical health services.
  • Conduct home visits.
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews, assessments and safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary.

These activities will be completed through 20 hours/week of on-site work in one of the three priority communities: Little Haiti, Overtown or Liberty City.


  • Educational stipend of $5000 per academic year ($2500 per semester during the Fall and Spring).
  • Students may use fellowship projects to satisfy MPH practicum requirements (pending permission from Ms. Greer, the practicum coordinator).

Required Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time master’s students enrolled in Stempel College’s programs in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW) or Dietetics/Nutrition (MS) are eligible. However, preference will be given to students in the MPH Maternal and Child Health concentration.
  • Good Academic Standing.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Have access to transportation and ability to readily travel to Little Haiti, Overtown or Liberty City.
  • Successfully complete a level II background check, including fingerprinting through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Preferred skills

  • Bilingual: Haitian-Creole or Spanish speakers preferred.
  • Interest in health equity, public health, health disparities and community-based research.

Additional Information
Students participating in the fellowship program will complete a project under the guidance of their major advisor. Several deliverables are expected at the end of the program. Each student is responsible for developing:

  • An abstract detailing the research and findings to be submitted to local, national or international health conferences.
  • A draft of a manuscript corresponding to the research findings.
  • A poster and/or oral presentation.

Ongoing guidance and support will be provided throughout the fellowship to ensure students are able to successfully meet the above deliverable obligations.

Ideally, students will serve as fellows for one year (fall and spring semesters). However, the award may be renewed for more than two semesters based on the program’s need).

Questions? Contact Dr. Donnie Hale, Director of Education Effect, P: 305-348-1880 or at

$5,000 per academic year
Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Supplemental Questions
  1. Have you (currently or in the past) worked or volunteered in school or community-based settings? Yes/No. If yes, please explain.
  2. Please provide a statement (limited to 500 words) describing your interest in school and community-based health issues. This may include your interests in topics such as child/adolescent health, family engagement, school-based health education, sexual health, substance use, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, health service access, community involvement, etc.
  3. Anticipated graduation (semester and year)
  4. Upload an unofficial FIU graduate transcript
  5. Upload a current CV.
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