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Title V MCH Internship Program
2020 Summer Internships

The Title V MCH Internship Program responded to the Covid-19 outbreak during the 2020 Summer internships by moving all of its activities to a virtual format. As part of the Celebration Webinar, each student team shared a brief presentation on their experience, summarizing challenges and accomplishments for summer 2020.

Alabama Louisiana Northern Mariana Islands
Florida Minnesota Tennessee
Illinois Mississippi Wisconsin
Iowa New Jersey Wyoming

Alabama

Students

  • Vanessa Rivero, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Brianna Baxter, Alabama State University

Preceptors

  • Dr. Jessica Hardy, Director of Office of Women’s Health
  • Sabrina Horn, Well Woman Project Coordinator

Project

  • Develop a template for Alabama’s quarterly Well Woman Connections newsletter, including designing new graphics and identifying an electronic delivery system.
  • Develop a data collection tool that analyzes Well Woman program participants’ body mass index (BMI), blood pressure (BP), race, and age data.

Florida

Students

  • Maria T. Roque, Texas A&M University School of Public Health
  • Madelyn Sather, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Preceptor

  • Dr. Ghasi Phillips-Bell, ScD, MS, Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Bureau of Family Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Section

Project

  • Identify interventions for the provision of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) methods.
  • Understand barriers to LARC use among women in Florida and identifying evidence-based interventions to promote LARC use.

Illinois

Students

  • Deborah Chen, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Natasha Jahan, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University

Preceptor

  • Kenya McRae, Division Chief, Maternal, Child, and Family Health Services, Title V Director

Project

  • Understand resources and programs utilized in state of IL to address youth mental health to create system level recommendations for IDPH and a comprehensive list of resources for organizations interested in youth mental health.

Iowa

Students

  • Kate Jacobsen, University of Washington
  • Chariesse Ellis, Emory University

Preceptors

  • James Olson, Title V Block Grant Coordinator and ECI State Technical Assistance Team Member, Bureau of Family Health, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Molly Gosselink, BSN, MPH, Nurse Clinician, Bureau of Family Health

Project

  • Create a national and state performance measures evidence-based guide for training MCH health professionals working in Title V programs.

Louisiana

Students

  • Caroline Werenskjold, Tulane University
  • Albaney Gray, Florida International University

Preceptor

  • Cheryl L. Harris, MPH, Program Administrator, Genetic Diseases Program

Project

  • Understand the gaps in the current rules and incorporate proposed changes to expand access to care by ensuring that the necessary providers are added as newborn screenings expand, and ensuring that the same criteria are used for eligibility determination.
  • Research methods and systems of incentivising physicians to practice in the public sector.
  • Examine if COVID has impacted the rate of parents who did not bring their infant back for a required repeat testing.
  • Conduct a one year review of the SCID data from December 2018 through 2019 in Louisiana following the implementation of the addition of SCID to the newborn screening panel.

Minnesota

Students

  • Emily Reimer, University of Minnesota
  • Pasua Chang, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Preceptors

  • Alina Kraynak, Women’s Health Consultant
  • Anne Walaszek, MCH Quality Improvement Specialist

Project

  • Policy review to create a list and summary of national policies.
  • Literature Review to create a comprehensive literature review grid and summary of implicit bias and implicit bias training research.
  • Landscaping Document to search for and contact individuals/organizations that provide implicit bias training MN, provide cultural / inclusive birth work, or work towards birth equity.

Mississippi

Students

  • Grace Krueger, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Tonyé India Fohsta-Lynch, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Preceptors

  • Charity Willis, MPH, Epidemiologist consultant
  • Marilyn Johnson, MBA, Title V Director

Project

  • Collaborated with the MSDH Communications Department and domain leads from the 5 MCH Domains (Women’s Health, Infant Health, Child Health, CYSHCN & Adolescent Health) to create social media content and fact sheets that highlighted MSDH MCH programs and services.

New Jersey

Students

  • Katherine (Katie) Henaghan, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health

Preceptors

  • Dr. Marilyn Gorney-Daley, Medical Director of Maternal and Child Health Services and Title V Director – New Jersey Department of Health
  • Felicia Walton, Program Specialist – New Jersey Department of Health

Project

  • New Jersey is implementing several initiatives, including the shared decision-making tool, to ultimately improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Project involved reviewing 15+ academic articles and programs to gather where and how shared decision-making has been successful to provide the team with the necessary evidence of how to address their identified gaps, etc. and creating three focus group guides for the targeted groups – consumers/patients, healthcare providers, and those engaged in birth support.

Northern Mariana Islands

Students

  • Cindy Rosales, Emory University

Preceptors

  • Heather Pangelinan, MCH Bureau Administrator, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC)
  • Evonne Sablan, Public Health Planner, CHCC
  • Margaret Torres Aldan, Director of Division of Public Health Programs, CHCC

Project

  • Collect input from key partners and community members about barriers and opportunities for implementing childhood obesity prevention strategies in the CNMI.
  • Analyze and synthetize collected information to complete gap analysis for the CNMI CHCC DPHP MCH Bureau.
  • Communicate findings and recommendations to key leadership, policymakers, and stakeholders in the CNMI.

Tennessee

Students

  • Jennifer Su, University of South Florida
  • Margaret Major, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Preceptors

  • Jacob Black, epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health

Project

  • Identify barriers to increased participant enrollment and retention in the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program.
  • Estimate program health care cost savings to state and key partners.

Wisconsin

Students

  • Elikem Togo, Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Honour McDaniel, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham

Preceptors

  • Katrina Alber, Statewide Systems Development Initiatives Coordinator
  • Terry Kruse, Maternal and Perinatal Nurse Consultant

Project

  • Create database of all MCH agencies in WI for local health departments and tribal agencies.
  • Create a feedback survey for agencies to give community members.
  • Create a social media strategy for MCH agencies.

Wyoming

Students

  • Natalie Hudanick, Tulane University
  • Sophie Freije, University of Washington

Preceptors

  • Eighmey Zeeck, Women & Infant Health Program Manager
  • Jamin Johnson, Child Health Program Manager

Project

  • Created guidance for disseminating public health communication to MCH populations in Wyoming, outlining target audiences, messaging guidelines, social media websites, legal considerations, national resources, and data analytics for evaluating social media campaigns.