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DHPE Summer Interns Participate in CDC/OMMHE Culminating Week

Friday, August 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (CDC/OMHHE) convened its Summer 2012 Student Culminating Week for summer interns placed at and supported by CDC. This week long event was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Three DHPE summer interns, Amanda Catching, Angela Covington and Anika Wallace, based in Atlanta participated in this event. The interns had an opportunity to meet and interface with CDC's leadership and other interns from around the country. Dr. Leandris Liburd, OMHHE's Director, welcomed the participants and provided an overview of OMHHE's initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), gave an overview on the HIV epidemic and work that is undertaken by NCHHSTP to address the HIV epidemic. This event had several panels composed of CDC's leadership that covered topics from workforce development, capacity building and diversity to health disparities, and environmental and gender inequalities. Former CDC interns shared how their internship experience launched their careers in public health.

DHPE interns reported on their experience during this event. "I got a chance to meet Dr. Liburd and Mr. Taliopierre, OMHHE's Initiatives and Partnerships Manager and gave them my elevator speech” said Angela Covington. According to Amanda Catchings, "this meeting was an invaluable experience….it will help me know where to look for opportunities as I graduate this spring.” Anika Wallace previously participated in CDC's Minority Shadowing Day. This event provided her an opportunity to reconnect with OMHHE staff and further network with other participants. Learning how CDC's leaders' professional journey led them to their current positions inspired DHPE's interns. May 2013, the three DHPE interns will graduate from Morehouse School of Medicine with a master's of public health degree in health education/health promotion. They are extremely grateful for this opportunity and plan to become leaders in the public health arena.

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