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Tuesday, January 6, 2015   (1 Comments)
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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education’s (DHPE) proudly congratulates its Cohort III Fellows and two former Interns from the Fall 2014 Cohort for securing public health employment as a direct result of their involvement in the DHPE Internship & Fellowship Program. The DHPE Internship and Fellowship Program is funded by the Centers of Disease Control or CDC.

DHPE Fellows – Cohort III 2014-2015

Tiffany Cox, MPH, has accepted the position of Community Health and Prevention Supervisor and Public Information Officer (PIO) for Crater Health District in Petersburg, Virginia. Crater Health District encompasses approximately 1800 square miles and serves a population of about 150,000 residents. The District covers the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Emporia and the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex and Greensville. It operates seven local health departments. In this position, Tiffany will function as liaison between the District and the communities it serves. She will be responsible for coordinating programs, funding and other events and initiatives in these communities, as well as fostering and maintaining community partnerships. Additionally, Tiffany will assist the District Health Director with engaging local policy makers to address and develop public health policies. As PIO, Tiffany will provide public information and lead public relations activities for the Crater Health District. She completed her one-year DHPE Health Equity Fellowship with the Connecticut Department of Health, where she created a policy scan of the Department’s chronic disease policies utilizing a health equity lens.

Ayesha N. Smith, MPH, JD, who completed her DHPE Health Equity Fellowship at the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in November 2014, is now a Public Health Project Analyst at the Department. She is a contracted employee of Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, positioned in the NJDOH Office of the Deputy Health Commissioner. Ayesha works with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Program, where she assists in the collection of documentation reviewed by PHAB for the purpose of NJDOH's national accreditation. Her main task is document examination to ensure standards and measures required for accreditation are met, as well as providing written documentation of how the PHAB standards are currently being met by the Department. As a part of her fellowship, Ayesha developed a team-based care model and algorithm focused on the management of hypertension/pre-diabetes/diabetes for distribution to Federally Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey.

DHPE Interns – Fall 2014 Cohort

Konesha Martin, MPH, is a December 2014 graduate of Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Her 12-week internship placement site was at Community Health Works (CHW) in Macon, Georgia. CHW is a non-profit organization that seeks innovative health solutions and provides advocacy for people financially compromised by their medical needs. CHW focuses on reducing health burdens and creating healthier communities mainly in seven counties of Central Georgia. The agency was awarded 1.1 million dollars by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be used throughout Georgia to provide uninsured and underinsured individuals assistance in navigating the Affordable Care Act and the Insurance Marketplace. This project was named the Insure GA Initiative, and it allows navigators to be placed in six regions of Georgia, excluding the metro Atlanta area. Konesha has been hired as a Regional Navigator for CHW’s Insure GA Initiative. The position is guaranteed through the end of March 2015 and may be extended to June, if funding permits. During her internship period, she was able to become a trained and certified state and federal patient navigator. Konesha is preparing to take the Certified Health Education Specialists Exam in April, as well as applying for the CDC Public Health Associate Training Program.

Daniela Marquez is a recent graduate of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas. During her Fall internship with the YMCA of El Paso, she worked on the implementation of an alcohol prevention initiative and policy project.

"I wanted to share the great news with you that because of the wonderful work Daniela did during her internship, we created a new part-time position and will be hiring her January 1 as the Assistant Project Coordinator for our initiative!” stated DHPE Member Dr. Holly Mata of the YMCA of El Paso. Dr. Mata also added, "Daniela has become such a strong member of our team, and the DHPE internship enabled her to gain experience while she contributed significantly to our regional efforts to reduce underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change strategies. THANK YOU!!!”

Daniela intends to continue her studies to obtain a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas – El Paso.


Konesha Martin says...
Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Congratulations ladies!

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