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Title V MCH Internship Program
2021 Summer Internships

Student teams from the Title V MCH Internship Program share a brief presentation on their experience, summarizing challenges and accomplishments for summer 2021.

Alabama Alaska Florida
Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts
Minnesota Ohio Texas
Utah Washington, D.C. Wisconsin

Alabama

Students

  • Melanie Dakwa, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Callie Rowland, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Preceptors

  • Dr. Jessica Hardy, Director of Office of Women’s Health

Project

  • Worked with the Well Woman Program, which focuses on providing screening and education to women 15-55, to develop messaging to the public and profiles of Alabama’s counties for internal use.

Alaska

Student

  • Emma Clevenger, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Preceptors

  • Joanne Singleton, LCSW, MPH, The Alaska DHSS, Section of WCFH, CYSHCN Program Public Health Specialist II
  • Vanessa Verigin, MPH, MPA, BSW, The Alaska DHSS, Section of WCFH, MCH Epi Unit Public Health Specialist II

Project

  • Learned about the Alaska population demographics for (women, children, and families), system of care, and the operations of the Alaska DHSS, Section of WCFH, and the MCDR process. create a report that describes the key themes from the interviews and coordinatewith contacts in the WCFH MCH Epi Unit to update the CYSHCN fact sheet with the most recent data (Alaska Birth Defects Registry, PRAMS, CUBS, MCDR, OCS) available for this population.
  • Created measurements and resources and developed mapping of maternal and child fatalities with social vulnerability factors for internal use of visualizing target areas that will be helpful  to the CYSHCN Program and MCH Epi Unit going forward.

Florida

Students

  • Lucas Hicks, University of South Florida
  • Giao Nguyen, University of California, Los Angeles

Preceptor

  • Deidra Faulkner, RN Consultant

Project

  • Research evidence-based strategies to assist providers in addressing social determinants of health and health promotion for CYSHC.

Indiana

Students

  • Isabela Solis, University of South Florida
  • Yosselin Turcios, Drexel University

Preceptors

  • Fatma Yousif, Title V Coordinator

Project

  • Created reporting tools and an evaluation approach for chosen grant recipients. Created visual infographics by Title V population health domains based on the Needs Assessment data and identity creative ways to disseminate this information to community stakeholders. Reviewed Indiana factsheets to identify best information dissemination methods for intended audiences. Plan to have grantees start utilizing reporting tools by October 1, 2021.

Kentucky

Students

  • Lauren Dinsmore, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Kristin Her, Communication Sciences and Disorders student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Preceptors

  • Dr. Jonathan Borden, MBA, Ed.D., Assistant Director, Support Services
  • Dr. Patricia Purcell, MD, MBA, Medical Director
  • Bethlyn Shepard, Epidemiologist I

Project

  • Program Evaluation of the Telehealth Lending Library Program, which assists Kentuckians who live in rural areas of the state and have poor quality or no internet connection to receive OCSHCN telehealth services.

Massachusetts

Students

  • Lani McQuilkin, Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Vanessa Acosta, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Preceptors

  • Elaine Gabovitch, Director, DCYSHN
  • Elizabeth Bostic, Assistant Director, DCYSHN
  • Megan Young, Senior Epidemiologist, DCYSHN

Project

  • Helped the Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (YYASHN) Health Transition Implementation Team create a Health Transition Toolkit filled with resources and tools to support YYASHN and their families as they navigate their health transition journey.

Minnesota

Students

  • Courtney Kutzler, University of Minnesota
  • Kathleen May, University of Iowa

Preceptors

  • Molly Meyer, MPH, Senior Research Scientist, Director’s Office
  • Sarah Dunne, MSW, MPH, Supervisor Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

Project

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Child and Family Health Division programs and the partners to communicate to federal & state partners, legislators, and local stakeholders.

Ohio

Students

  • Alyssa Lindsey, Emory University RSPH, Global Health
  • Brianna Betton, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Maternal and Child Health

Preceptors

  • Anna Starr, Assistant Chief BMCFH
  • Kirstan Duckett, MCH Title V BC Coordinator
  • Erica Chambers, MPH Preconception and Inter-Conception Health Consultant

Project

  • Created a toolkit that demonstrates how to incorporate health equity in preconception health and inter-conception program design, completed a preconception Health Applied Literature Review, and changed the BMCFH landing page to add keywords to search engine to find programs.

Texas

Students

  • Stephanie Aristide, Florida International University
  • Jade Zachery, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Preceptors

  • Julie Stagg, Texas AIM Program Director, Healthy Texas Mothers and Babies Branch Manager
  • Laura Wando, Maternal Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Megan Coulter, Program Specialist V

Project

  • Conducted an environmental scan and community partner matrix for two regions in Texas on Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy, wrote an assessment report that discusses the findings and includes a community partner matrix that can be used by Texas AIM Innovation and Improvement Collaborative and other stakeholders, and presented findings from the assessment to the DSHS MCH Unit and HTMB Branch team.

Utah

Students

  • Kacey Griffin, University at Albany School of Public Health
  • Josie Hatley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

Preceptor

  • Heather Bertotti Sarin, MPH, MBA, PMP, Quality Improvement Director

Project

  • Bridge the gap in understanding of the available supports and resource connectivity in various local health departments and improve the ability to support the population of pregnant and postpartum persons with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)/Substance Use Disorder statewide.

Washington, D.C.

Students

  • Lawryn Fowler, Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Gabby Ruiz, The George Washington University, Milken Institute of Public Health

Preceptor

  • Dr. Jasmine Bihm, Dr.PH., MPH, Title V Maternal & Child Health Program Manager, Community Health Administration Evaluation Manager, and Office of the Senior Deputy Director -District of Columbia Department of Health

Project

  • Develop messaging for Black and Hispanic women ages 18-44 in Washington D.C. Created a community scan and literature review of the use of social media to reach audience then developed messaging intended to increase awareness and access to well woman care and prenatal care.

Wisconsin

Students

  • Andrea Li, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Melinda Lippert, University at Albany School of Public Health

Preceptors

  • Katrina Alber, Statewide Systems Development Initiatives Coordinator
  • Robert Fontella, Health Education and Outreach Specialist
  • Angie Rohan, Senior Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist

Project

  • Development of the different communication tools explaining Title V Program to various audiences – a Community Summary, Website Audit, and Conceptual Map & Logic Model.