CenterPoint Newsletter | January 2016 | by Lorraine Francisco, McNair Scholar
Lorraine Francisco visits the University of Michigan's Henry F. Vaughan School of Public Health
During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan, an internship sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). For ten weeks, I worked with thirty-nine other public health students from across the United States to gain valuable experience in the public health field, attend workshops and seminars from professors at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and prepare for graduate school applications. I was the only student there from Nevada, and I was proud to represent UNLV.
The program began with a visit to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. There, I attended a three-day orientation focused on public health and the importance of encouraging underrepresented students to pursue careers in the field, while meeting many representatives from the CDC.
Following the orientation, I flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan to spend the remainder of the program at the University of Michigan. My internship site was at the University of Michigan Health System – Program for Multicultural Health. There, I worked alongside the community programs and services director to design, develop, and implement health education programs in southeast Michigan. It was incredible for me to see how the health system worked with community members to implement these programs. As a health care administration major, I was particularly interested to see the collaboration between hospitals/health systems and the community to promote good health. Michigan’s health care landscape is different from Las Vegas, so I learned a lot and was amazed at the emphasis the state of Michigan places on public health and communities.
In addition to the projects at my internship site, I worked with other scholars in my cohort to perform a community health needs assessment in the Ann Arbor area. This was a valuable experience for me because I was able to connect with the community to identify the existing health problems, produce an assessment report, and present our findings to various stakeholders. I decided to make this my McNair summer research project.
Although it was a challenge to balance my full-time workload, McNair research paper, and studying for the GRE, everything worked out; I am so grateful for the experience knowing that I am one step closer to graduate school.
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