The application and all supporting materials are due by Monday, June 1st 2015, 5:00 pm.  Applications can be completed directly online on this page or emailed to You will receive a confirmation email within two days of submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Ms. Mejia (contact information provided below) to confirm receipt of your application. 

  • Complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Complete and submit application and essay
  • Submit Recommendation Form from present or last year’s high school teacher or someone that knows you well (such as employer, coach, pastor, etc…..)
  • Submit resume

Recommendation Forms must be submitted online or emailed from the recommend-er to the Women’s Health Education Program


For questions, please contact:

Ms. Lidyvez Mejia

Drexel University College of Medicine
Women’s Health Education Program


Participants will be notified by email on June 15th  2015.  An official acceptance letter will be mailed the following week.


Who We Are

Philadelphia Ujima™ is a health education initiative funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. Our vision is to develop a robust collaborative network with a shared commitment to improving health. With attention to gender and other social contexts as well as community concerns, our approach to health education and promotion involves an effort to involve all members of communities in order to better promote health. The subtitle Ujima originates from a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work and Responsibility. It symbolizes the process the team uses to build and maintain our community while working with others to solve our problems.

What We Do

  • Outreach Activities: Philadelphia Ujima hosts health education sessions here at Drexel University College of Medicine and various sites throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. We also participate in health fairs and other health promotion events throughout Philadelphia.
  • Training: Philadelphia Ujima has designed an innovative lay health worker training program to prepare community members for active roles in promoting health in their communities. We also train health professional students on effectively engaging communities.
  • Intervention: This 16-18 hour program series is designed to give individuals and organizations a crash course on overall wellness. The intervention series topics include, but are not limited to: nutrition, healthy relationships, sexual health, chronic diseases and health screenings. Sessions are available for both youth and adult audiences.
  • Social Media: Ujima has developed a social marketing campaign designed to increase health awareness through the use of popular social media sites, mobile phones, and internet blogs. We post health messages via text alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and the Ujima blog. We also use YouTube to post video clips of important health information from our partners.

Social Media Internship

The Philadelphia Ujima Social Media Internship engages high school students in utilizing social media and other modalities to promote better health. Students creatively use social media to promote and reinforce health messages specifically tailored for teens. This internship enhances student’s understanding of health communication and how this scientific approach can be used creatively to inform, influence, and motivate teens around important health issues. Students are required to determine a topic area of interest to educate their peers and explore the gender differences related to that topic. Students work on developing our teen health messages for our various social media sites (Twitter, Blog, Facebook, etc.).  They also conduct research on their topic and construct a final project on the topic they have chosen to address through creative outlets that can be posted to various social media sites. Students also participate in educational workshops and work with mentors to complete a high quality product. Past student intern projects have focused on sexual health, childhood obesity, nutrition, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, sexual violence, self-injury fitness, mental health, bullying, gun violence, substance abuse, suicide and peer pressure. The students can decide to portray these topics through videos, music, collages, poems, info-graphics or other creative outlets. Students also participate in weekly educational activities and receive mentor-ship and professional development.


This is a six-week commitment which will begin on Wednesday July 8, 2015 (program orientation) and continue through Friday, August 14, 2015 (closing program & presentations). The internship meets 10 am to 4 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the duration of the program.  The internship is held at Drexel College of Medicine, located 2900 Queen Lane, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19129.


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Compose an essay (500 word minimum and 1000 word maximum) on why you would like to attend this program, what you hope to gain from attending this program, What is/are the most important health issues facing teens and how can they be addressed using social media and/or other creative means.


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