During the weeks prior to the competition, each team is provided a mentor who serves as a “lifeline” for their assigned team. (S)he provides the team with an opportunity to discuss their proposed recommendation and oﬀers broad mentorship and guidance.
Mentors can be content or location experts or more experienced and friendly “guides” who help the students navigate the variety of health, political, and socio-‐economic issues in the case. Mentors can be university faculty, campus institute or center staﬀ, representatives from local public health agencies, businesses, non-‐proﬁts, or members of local organizations related to the case topic. Don’t forget that alumni are also a group that can serve as mentors or connect you with their colleagues.
Mentors are instructed not to focus on speciﬁc solutions (i.e., mentorship is not “here, this is what you should do…”). Instead, mentors can comment on what the team has developed, provide some direction on their recommendation or give the team an opportunity to practice their presentation. Mentors are intended to help each group work as a team and guide them to consider a true interdisciplinary approach.
Mentors will be limited to a maximum of three 1-hour meetings with their team. Team members who meet individually with the mentor about the competition will count toward the three-hour limit.