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DHPE Intern Learns From SPH Training Opportunity in Mississippi

Wednesday, March 20, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The Shaping Policy for HealthTM Course 3: Influencing the Policy Change Process was held in Jackson, Mississippi, March 4-5, 2013. During the 2-day training, participants learned: components of a powerful message, techniques to stay on message during interviews, key advocacy and communications strategies and how to develop an advocacy and communications plan. The training was sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Health and attended by public health professionals from the agency and invited guests including DHPE interns and fellows.

DHPE Intern Reynelle Cornelius shared a few thoughts on the training.

Reynelle CorneliusThe Shaping Policy for Health Training was very interesting and educational. The two day training informed the manner in which I performed my job duties as an intern and other ways to improve myself. There were many interesting sessions throughout the training. However, there were three important topics that have stuck in my mind and I have started to apply them to the tasks that I perform as a Health Care Specialist.

First, the session on advocacy can be applied to my duties when I attend parenting meetings, home visits, and trainings at the agency. For example, I can be a more effective advocate when attending nutrition meetings with the parent, teachers, and agency staff. I am able to more effectively listen to the parent and answer questions about substituting food and drinks so that their child would have more nutritious meals throughout the day.

Secondly, the reframing of messages sessions provided information that can be used when I am creating advertisement for the parenting meetings or trainings. I learned to use words that would not stereotype my audience. I should look for words that would help to get the message over in a positive way. I can apply this to a task of putting together a flyer or when inviting the parents out to a meeting. I will be cautious of the message I send to the audience and make sure it is informative, interesting, and received in a positive way.

Lastly, the interviewing session can be applied each day of my internship. I will use these skills that I learned when communicating with the staff, parents, and the expecting mothers of the programs. I will be even more cautious when choosing my words to make a statement or when answering questions. I learned it may not be what I am saying but how I say it that can make it seem negative. Also, I will be more aware of my body language when speaking to my audience whether it is a presentation, parenting meeting, home visit, or training.

The two day training helped me in many ways. I am glad that I had a chance to attend the Shaping Policy for Health Training and it has made me more aware of the way that I perform my daily tasks. I am very grateful and thankful to DHPE and Ms. Thompkins for the opportunity to attend one of the most interesting and helpful trainings that will assist me in my education and future career.

Reynelle is a graduate student at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She is an intern at the Hinds County Human Resource Agency and her project is focusing on the impact of lead poisoning on pregnant woman and children. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Environmental Health and will graduate in May 2013.

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