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Internship & Fellowship Program Midterm Updates

Friday, November 14, 2014   (3 Comments)
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The majority of the Fall 2014 Cohort interns have had site visits and successfully completed their mid-term evaluations. From managing digital health communication and social media campaigns to facilitating and coordinating diabetes support groups, the current Cohort of interns are providing health education and promoting healthier life approaches in a variety of ways.

Two graduate-levels students from Fort Valley State University have internship sites in Macon, Georgia. While one, Aemon Weaver,is supporting a district-level immunization and vaccination program that serves 13 counties through the North Central Health District, the other student, Konesha Martina,has become a state licensed Patient Navigator to assist Community Health Works with its local efforts to enroll more residents of Middle Georgia in the insurance marketplace.

Half of the Fall Cohort is located in Texas. With Houston and Dallas having one each and four residing in El Paso. Yes, all are serving different populations. The Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services is preparing its staff for internal health equity and cultural competency trainings, and the DHPE intern is leading this charge by facilitating sessions featuring NACCHO's Roots of Health Inequity. In Dallas, our intern Melanie Harris and her preceptor Captain James L. Dickens, Region VI Minority Health Consultant, are settling the groundwork to launch a regional level of the Legacy Foundation's national policy campaign to make Historically Black Colleges & Universities tobacco free. (See picture of Melanie and James at Region VI HHS Office) Melanie is hosting the Region VI Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative Challenge Webinar at 11 am on Tuesday, November 18th as part of her internship project.

Isabella Corona, one of the four interns at El Paso is also providing education regarding tobacco free campuses by planning and implementing a community event on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) for the Great American Smokeout on November 20th.Since UTEP is already tobacco free, the event will serve as an opportunity to increase awareness of the policy and promote tobacco cessation programs to help smokers quit. The re-organization and nurturing a diabetes support group formed by the El Paso Diabetes Association is the responsibility of Nancy Rondeau, the second intern in El Paso. (See picture: El Paso Diabetes Association Preceptor Sam Marquez displays the glucose testers and supplies the association has to assist its clients who are unable to afford the materials in more traditional methods.)

The third El Paso intern has created a social media and digital communications plan to increase the number of wellness visits completed by women before, during and after pregnancy at the El Paso First Health Plan. (See Picture: Intern Marianne Frias works with her Preceptor Edgar Martinez to create the health messages and incentive based reminders sent via text to the health plan clients.) And last, but not least, the fourth intern located in El Paso is learning how to utilize community mobilization and organizing skills to address teenage drunkenness and promote local policy efforts, such as social host ordinances. (See picture: Intern Daniela Marquez, along with her Preceptor and DHPE Member Dr. Holly Mata, are working with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to teach policy advocacy and community support strategies to stakeholders in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.)


The HIV status of male inmates in the Durham County Detention Center is the concern of DHPE intern Bre'una Manns. Her preceptor, Annette Carrington Johnson of the Durham County Public Health Department in North Carolina, assigned the intern the task of conducting formative research to identify the barriers to the inmates getting tested for HIV before conducting workshop within the detention center. (See picture: Intern Bre'una Manns explains a HIV prevention and services promotion poster she created targeting women for an event at North Carolina Central University.)

DC intern Desiree Bygrave is preparing a literature review and presentation proposal on the impact of telemedicine and telehealth on communities of color as part of her project with the Summit Health Institute for Research & Education, Inc. or SHIRE. And on the west coast, Los Angeles intern Jacqueline Gutierrez has been working with Southern California Chapter of the American Lung Association to enhance curriculum for the organization's last SCAMP, a summer camp for children with asthma, in addition to creating a database to manage seven years' of the organizations' raw data.

DHPE looks forward to hearing the final presentations given by each intern as their Fall internship closes out on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

* Chicago Intern Kyra Shannon has yet to have her site visit, but she has participated in the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in Washington, DC, as well as presenting at APHA in New Orleans, LA.



Holly Mata says...
Posted Friday, November 14, 2014
Thanks for all the awesome opportunities for our interns and for our community DHPE!! We love the Health Equity Internship program and we love our interns!
Konesha Martin says...
Posted Friday, November 14, 2014
Congratulations to everyone with their projects! Special thanks Thometta and Dr. Owens.
aemon weaver says...
Posted Friday, November 14, 2014
Great work guys!

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