The LEND programs of the PacWest region have worked together and consistently sought ways to strengthen interdisciplinary leadership training and achieve a diverse MCH workforce over the past four years. We began the process by identifying barriers and gaps in supporting and mentoring racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees. Focus groups of trainees were conducted and the following themes were identified:
Based on this prior experience, mentorship was expanded and implemented under a FAST grant as a train-the-trainer model for the PacWest LEND programs. It focused on the development of the mentorship skills and abilities of racially and ethnically diverse LEND faculty under the direction of a project consultant. The participating LEND faculty members from AL, NM, NV, OR, UC, and UT received face-to-face training and monthly mentorship. The LEND faculty committed to mentoring racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees from their programs. At the end of spring semester, the participating LEND faculty members conducted a training regarding mentorship for their respective LEND programs.
Four out of six LEND faculty participants in the model mentorship training program completed a pre and post project training survey. Three out of four reported improved understanding, knowledge and ability and the fourth respondent initiated the program with strong skills and did not change.
Eight LEND trainee mentees completed the post experience survey. All respondents strongly agreed or agreed with the statements: 1) As a result of this mentorship experience, I have gained skills in leadership; 2) The mentorship experience will have a positive impact on my current or future professional work; 3) I plan to assist in recruiting future LEND trainees.
The PacWest Faculty who participated in the project reported the following key concepts as a result of the FAST project: