Field Placements 2017-2018
– Sarah Gauss –
Participating in this project was a humbling experience. Working with the Hampshire county CHIP team I was able to see professionals applying the skills we learn in the classroom. I was able to challenge the models with them and think critically about them. I learned the importance of understanding privilege and how public health professionals will have to consider privilege and systemic oppression and address them in a way that does not alienate large amounts of the population.
More Student Testimonials
– Tamika Qualls –
Participating in this project has taught me the importance of collaboration in order to achieve a common goal. The environment of my placement has introduced me to the center of what policy looks like by attending weekly meetings/coalitions with a diverse set of stakeholders who has helped me assess the community of Springfield and target the major issues of the community. Over the past four months, I was taught how to effectively run a coalition and decide who the key people should involve when forming a policy.
– Alejandra Moncayo –
I learned about what it takes to run a wellness program. From helping with logistics in preparation to setting up and collecting data, I learned a little about every aspect of leading a program. I helped on site with anything that was needed the day of and I helped with set up and clean up as well. In addition, I learned how to administer surveys, input data, and use the data to keep track of the program’s impact.
– William Nardi –
This project has taught me that providing effective, comprehensive care is critical to (1) patient satisfaction (2) patient retention. It has also taught me that for an organization to provide comprehensive, effective, and compassionate services a cultural competency training plan must address all domains along the continuum of care (e.g. patient, provider, leadership and environmental/structural components).
Developed a tracking database of dental practices in Vermont and contacted dental offices to identify levels of interest in engagement with referral to tobacco cessation treatment; identified dental practices that are already referring to treatment and researched tools that can aid in engagement work.
Identified infants with risk to Zika related birth defects/adverse outcomes as part of the United States Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry and analyzed the associations between adverse outcomes and key demographics to identify who was more at risk for Zika related adverse outcomes in Zika exposed mothers.
Analyzed data to guide the development of an updated injury prevention state plan from assessments to be used as an educational tool for program partners and to inform the direction of the program.
Coordinated Community Health Needs Assessment to support in the planning and evaluation of the Cumberland District Public Health Council’s public health goals and created fundraising strategy for community based dental program.
Traveled to Iceland to collect data from field observations, research and direct testimonies of those living in the area presented report to find ways to incorporate practices and strategies into the rural community in which I live.
Built a public health movement through timely public health messaging. Accomplished this with the completion of a social media one year messaging toolkit that will enhance the NHPHA's ability to produce such messaging and for use after my internship has ended.
Identified facilitators and barriers of classroom physical activity, which includes 5 focus groups and a review of the literature, and use these findings created to address facilitators and barriers, and/or assess the application of existing resources.
Identified and described age friendly initiatives with the state of NH. In doing this, I will be assisting the NH alliance for Health Aging along with the Tri-State Learning Collabritive on Aging.
Provided screening services and locally promoted the NHP and offering our services to notoriously hard-to-reach populations, increasing the number of clients we see during a typical day, digitizing patient records which until this point have all been on paper, applying for grants and initiating a fundraising campaign.
Worked closely with an SCSU faculty member and through consultation with New Haven Farms staff to create a modified nutrition education curriculum based on New Haven Farms programming and assisted in the creation and delivery of data collection tools to evaluate the impact and success of the program.
Oversaw survey intake on a routine basis, with volunteers, we will survey the participants to study how effective the program is as well as retention of the program. Supported data input and analysis. Lead program evaluation by conducting volunteer trainings and overseeing survey intakes.
Created a modified education curriculum based on existing New Haven Farms programming. Lead the curriculum with the other intern during the summer over the course of 6 weeks and assisted with the creation and delivery of data collection tools to evaluate the impact and success of the program.
Provided aid to non-profit organization by helping plan, compile research, identify stakeholders, and develop a strategy for a regional summit for the Asthma Regional Council of New England (ARC) in the fall. Assessed environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts.
Supported getting training material on-line, administered training, and researched the feasibility/cost to make this CEU eligible through the MA Association for the Education of Young Children.
Identified existing best practices for LBGTQ healthcare delivery and develop semi-structured interview guide to engage with current leaders in the field to conduct a needs assessment investigating the current state of LGBTQ healthcare delivery.
Supported the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a surveys among program shoppers in order to determine characteristics of Food on the Move shoppers and evaluate the efficacy and impact of SNAP-based incentives on food insecurity among customers.
Conducted and implemented survey evaluations in order to evaluate programs that provide nutritious food to underserved communities or food deserts in Providence, RI.
Created and administered a survey to better understand the Bedford, Ma residents risk perception and needs related to ticks and tick borne illnesses (TBI's) so that other interventions may be considered to help control the rising rates of TBI's within the town.
Created a resident outreach program to engage and develop the capacity for community members to advocate for public policy change. These deliverables were met through resident assessments, training curriculum on advocacy, and policy material dissemination.
Wrote the Hampshire County CHIP plan incorporating social determinants and issues of racial justice in assessing data collection and concerns with potential gaps in access to marginalized groups.