I am a second-year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences department at FSPH.
This past summer I completed my fieldwork at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. My fieldwork experience allowed me to practice outside the classroom and invest my time in what I am passionate about. This past summer helped me identify a more in-depth focus for my own professional development and personal interest.
The goal and mission of the Los Angeles County Sodium Reduction Initiative (LACSRI) is to improve the health of employees, and community members by encouraging community activities that reduce sodium intake both at the individual and organizational level. Hence, my goal was to analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to effectively communicate with the community. Since I was assisting the Research and Evaluation Unit, I was able to use much of the knowledge from 211B and put into practice.
Although my field placement did not provide a summer stipend, I was fortunate enough to receive funding support from the Child and Family Health Fellowship as well as the Local Community Fieldwork Fellowship. This funding facilitated my experience as an intern, as I was fully able to devote my time to my field placement. Hence, I am excited to participate in the marathon, with a team who is working together, allowing students like myself, to receive funding for their summer fieldwork. I am running for the students who will be making an impact this upcoming summer and working to build healthier communities locally and globally.
Please join me in supporting student fellowships for summer fieldwork!