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Jefferson Health Mentors Program

It takes a team of people working together and communicating effectively to ensure a person's total care. The Jefferson Health Mentors Program (JHMP), JCIPE’s flagship program for over 10 years, is a critical piece of the interprofessional education movement, which is changing the culture of health care. JHMP creates a unique opportunity for students to learn firsthand about what matters to people living with chronic health conditions while working in a collaborative environment with peers from multiple disciplines.  

Our patients are our teachers. Health Mentors are volunteers who teach Jefferson students about the role of health care in their lives. Explore this page to learn more about how the JHMP is transforming how JCIPE trains future healthcare professionals. 

If you are a current Health Mentor or want to learn more about becoming a Health Mentor, please Click Here.

Click Here for the Jefferson Health Mentors Program Curriculum Roadmap 


Health Mentors are community-based volunteers who are living and coping with 1 or more chronic health conditions or impairments and have decided to share their journey with students. Each year, over 200 volunteer Health Mentors partner with JCIPE to provide this rich educational opportunity to Jefferson students seeking to become healthcare professionals. 

Click Here if You Want to Learn More about Becoming a Health Mentor.

The JHMP curriculum takes students through 3 Modules over the course of 1.5 years. They meet 3 times with their Health Mentors and complete key assignments along the way.

Click Here for the JHMP Curriculum Roadmap

By participating in JHMP, students will:

  • understand how a person’s environment (social & physical) interacts with health and wellbeing.
  • understand and value person-centered care.
  • identify the attributes of successful teams and demonstrate the responsibilities and practices of effective team member(s).
  • value and respect the varied and changing roles and contributions of the members of the interprofessional healthcare team.

For more information, contact us at HMP@jefferson.edu.

  • Nethra Ankam, MD
    Health Mentors Program Faculty Lead
  • Anne Bradley Mitchell, PhD, ANP-BC
    Health Mentors Program Faculty Lead
  • Sarah Dallas, BA
    Health Mentors Program Coordinator