Internship Profiles

Morium Bably 

Morium BablyInternship Organization

 Physicians Reach Out (PRO) at Care Ring, Charlotte, NC

Project 

PRO’s aim is to help uninsured people or underinsured people get access to health care. So my first objective was to create a map so they could visualize where they had more patients and where more doctors were needed in Mecklenburg County. I then created a spread sheet identifying which areas of Mecklenburg County lacked physicians. My second objective was to create a need assessment and I found that the majority of their patients are Hispanic and Spanish speaking. I found that they were spending a lot of money on translator services, so I suggested that if they had a provider that could speak Spanish, their cost for translator services would go down. From this I created another objective which was to look for providers who can speak Spanish. I also developed an outreach plan to recruit physicians to volunteer in the Physician Reach Out program.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

The Community Health course was helpful (HLTH 6221), because it had a lot of writing involved, which I used. Also the Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (HLTH 6201) was helpful. I had to write a report on the social determinants that I found, so that course was helpful too. And of course the introductory courses that gave us the sense of what Public Health is.

Finding my internship

Our program director, Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow, helped me to get the internship. Our professors are great resources to get an internship.

The best part of my internship

My favorite part was getting to meet and make a lot of connections, also, putting together a health fair.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Dr. Jan, Dr. Huber, Dr. Arif, and Dr. Racine have all been very helpful and influential. 


Kristi Bussell

Kristi BussellInternship Organization

Counseling and Substance Abuse Services at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Project

The main part of my internship was to help plan and implement a suicide prevention conference that we had in July. So a lot of my work went into contacting the speakers of the event, advertising, getting sponsorships, and things like that.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

I used elements of Data Analysis (HLTH 6203) to create charts from data that they had, so I was able to utilize the information from that class for that purpose.

Finding my Internship

I found my internship by googling colleges in the Charleston area. I came across the College of Charleston’s Health Educator (my preceptor, Rachael McNamara) and contacted her about internship opportunities.

The best part of my internship

The people I worked with, they were wonderful. I got along with my preceptor really well and there was another coworker that I really clicked with.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Dr. Jan - Firstly, because I learned a lot in her course regarding the various factors that affect people's health. This class also enlightened my understanding of negative health statuses of particular vulnerable populations like prisoners in the United States. Secondly, I feel like she actually cares about her students' success and wants them to do well in the MPH program.


Jaina Hattabaugh 

Jaina Hattabaugh

Internship Organization

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, Davidson, NC

Project

I was the Social Media and Marketing Intern and I helped enhance the Center’s use of social media to promote their organization and disburse information. I also collaborated on ideas for funding and fundraising.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

All my classes helped to prepare me, but Community Health (HLTH 6221) was the most beneficial. It really enhanced my health communication skills and helped me to be able to communicate with a diverse audience.  

Finding my Internship

The founder of the organization came to speak to my Maternal and Child Health class here at UNC Charlotte.

The best part of my internship

I did a social media campaign on nutrition for children with special health care needs. That was really fun and interesting.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Dr. Huber has been the most helpful and influential to me. She is an excellent professor and advisor. She is very helpful in class as well as planning for the future.


Kimberly Scales

Kimberly Scales

Internship Organization

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office: Jail North, Charlotte, NC

Project

My objectives were to create violence prevention curriculum for the youth there. So I had to look up evidence based curriculum and make it applicable to the youth at the jail. Then I did a focus group with some of the teachers that worked there that also work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. And finally, I delivered them. I delivered four different lesson plans to the youths there.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

I learned the most from Community Health (HLTH 6221). He talks about how education is important, but at the same time if you can’t change issues at the policy level, than education can only do so much. And that is what I saw in my internship, you can tell these youths to change their behavior, but if you can’t change or help them with their social determinants, like their neighborhoods and families, you can’t do much. Also, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (HLTH 6201), was helpful.

Finding my Internship

The professor (Ms. Camina Davis) I worked with through my Graduate Assistantship gave me contacts around Charlotte in this area because she knew I wanted to work with youth violence.

The best part of my internship

The best part was when I got to know the kids. They weren’t afraid to speak their minds and were opinionated, which is important to kids because a lot of times they feel like they can’t speak their minds. So when we were able to get them to sit down, chill out, and have them tell us what they were going through, that was my favorite time, we got to connect with them on that level.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Ms. Davis has been the most helpful by providing me with a wide range of activities to do for her as her GA and helping me build a diverse skill set especially in educating and program planning.


Casey Stephens

Casey Stephens

Internship Organization

Levine Cancer Instiutue: Survivorship Department, Charlotte, NC

Project

The department works with patients who have completed treatment and provides them with resources to get them back into their regular routine, they provide things like yoga classes, and the provide a “Survivorship Care Plan” which helps to transition back into regular life, it gives information that you may not cover with your doctor when receiving treatment.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

I used Public Health Data Analysis (HLTH 6203). I had to take surveys from patients who’ve had their Survivorship Care Plan. They took surveys pre and post getting their care plans about what they knew about transitioning back into their lives and care after treatment. So I was able to analyze the data from those surveys and see that after receiving their care plans, they were more comfortable asking questions about how their oncologist and primary care doctors will be working together, they felt more confident in understanding their actual diagnosis, and more confident in their knowledge about different aspects of treatment and their resources.

Finding my Internship

Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow, the director of our program, knew someone at the Levine Cancer institute who helped to get me in contact with my preceptor.  She helped me find something I really liked.

The best part of my internship

I got to help with an event called “Paint Fest America.” They travel to one hospital per state and Levine Cancer Institute was chosen as the North Carolina Hospital. Patients got to come to the atrium area and they had several collages for patients to come and help paint. The patients could have come after treatment or survivors could come and paint. I got to paint with a few patients and it was really nice to interact with them and hear their stories. My mom is going through treatment right now, so I was able to relate to them on that level and tell them my mom’s story. It helped me bond with the patients rather than sitting behind a desk the whole time. 

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Dr. Sharon Portwood has been a great mentor for me. She has answered a lot of my questions about research outside of the classroom. In her Research Methods class is where my initiative for research really started. She also cares about her students and makes her classes interesting, yet informative
 

 Asma Warrich

Asma Warrich

Internship Organization

Cabarrus Health Alliance, Kannapolis, NC

Project

I worked for the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant and our main concern was increasing access to physical activity and health foods for minority groups living in Kannapolis. I had four main objectives.  The first objective was to create a “one pager” on their Adopt-a-Shop program, which is something that they are still working on, it hasn’t been implemented. My second objective was to create a healthy food spread sheet. I went to Walmart, Aldi, and Food Lion and they had criteria of what they considered “healthy food” and I had to go through each store and find what fit their criteria and make a spread sheet out of it. My third objective was to make walking route maps, three for Cabarrus Health Alliance and three for the churches that they worked with. So I mapped out walking routes, walked them and then I created a final version. My fourth objective was with the Health Corner Store initiative. I collected costumer interviews and surveys and summarized them.

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

Community Health (HLTH 6221). That course came in handy because we had to do a lot of planning and interacting with the community, so I had to use all those planning skills and interaction skills during my internship. 

Finding my Internship

I found my internship through their employment website after a professor recommended the organization to me.

The best part of my internship

It was definitely the people I got to meet. I had the best preceptor. Everywhere I went with her, she introduced me, so I got to make a lot of contacts at Cabarrus Health Alliance.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

I feel that Dr. Arif has been very helpful during my time here. He always exudes professionalism while being approachable and helpful as well. Whenever I have questions regarding anything at all, I know that Dr. Arif will have an answer or at least a suggestion on what to do. Dr. Arif has also been helpful in keeping up with my progress throughout my time at UNC Charlotte and has given me valuable advice on coursework and future career options upon graduation.


Farida N. Yada

Internship Organization

I AM not the MEdia, Inc, Charlotte, NC

Project

I AM not the MEdia is a local media literacy organization that focuses on helping teens become conscious viewers of the media, teaching them how to analyze what they see on TV, social media, and other types of media. This summer I was in charge of helping to create a curriculum to pilot test with teens to try and see how it would work if we were to help them start media literacy clubs at their high schools. After I created it, we tested it with a few teens at a local Y. We also organized the very first Teen Media Literacy Conference here in Charlotte. That took place on UNCC’s campus in July. We had about 100 teens register and we had TV and Radio personalities come and talk to them about media literacy. There was a documentary film crew recording as well, so it will be a part of a documentary. 

One course from my first year in the MPH program that I used directly was

Community Health (HLTH 6221) definitely helped prepare me for the community component. I had an untraditional internship because I did not spend much time in an office; I spent more of my time in the community with the teams or going to recruiting events at different schools and organizations.

Finding my Internship

One of my classmates interned at a similar agency where she heard about I AM not the MEdia and she told me about it. I looked them up and really liked what they were doing, so I reached out to them.

The best part of my internship

The best part was meeting the people that I worked with. My preceptors (the founders of the organization) were inspiring women whom I still stay in contact with. I really looked up to them.

A professor that has impacted my time at UNC Charlotte is

Dr. Huber is the best professor I had in this program. She sparked my interest in epidemiology and maternal and child health. She is also my advisor and my thesis chair. I could not ask for a better mentor.