The first thing I did when I came in this morning was double-check all the handouts to make sure I had everything for AHEPA. We decided to hand out a UV Index for today within the AHEPA’s zip code. We also decided to have other hand outs, such as choosing the right type of sun screen/ sun block, the differences between them, and the cancer prevention brochure from the health department that states when they should get checked for skin cancer. Tanisha put the packets together because we agreed that it would be less disruptive to pass out the hand outs during the presentation. Sun screen and mosquito repellent samples were also on the list. When we got there, Tanisha had the packets ready to go. There were actually more people there than the health literacy presentation. I felt like during the presentation one of my initial faults was explaining the packet in such a way that the AHEPA residents thought that they were going to follow along and they had a copy of the presentation in the packet. I only had flash cards with me this time. There were a few questions that I honestly didn’t know how to answer, but assured that I would follow-up with the person that we keep in touch with. Corey stated the flow went well, as I paused frequently in between topics to ask the audience questions. I did have a different preference in presenting as I felt like I was more engaging with the audience. I asked personal questions like, “Has anyone here ever experience any type of heat stress? What happened and what did you do? How often do you get checked for skin cancer?” I was able to use their responses as a guide to elaborate more on the presentation that way. They loved the presentation and stated they learned a few new things. Their favorite time was when we handed out samples of sun screen and mosquito repellent. We had a CHEN meeting about the upcoming events, such as Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Visitors Centers to promote sun and skin protection, as well as hydration with water. It will be on Mondays and Fridays. Corey also assigned me the CDC Clear Communication Index after the meeting. Tanisha and I talked about the Ebonwood meeting because it was agreed that only the interns would be going. Instead of simultaneously though, the classes we would go to would be one by one, as we would be giving the lessons.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 210.39
Today was the second week we assisted with Ebonwood. I decided to take on the youngest group. They were between five and seven years old. I went with Skye and we introduced ourselves as we went over 5-2-1-0. We decided to focus on the ‘2’ of the 5-2-1-0 program. We played charades and concluded with those were activities they are able to do to reduce screen time hours. I also worked on the AHEPA presentation. Having to do a lot of research within a short amount of time always makes me nervous. Initially, making a formatted bullet list assisted in trying to get my point across. The main points that Corey and I discussed for Summer Safety were Drowning Prevention, Heat Stress, Sun and Skin Protection, Skin Cancer and Melanoma, Food Safety, Recreational Water Illness, and Mosquito Prevention. I decided that for some of the content, a brochure from the health department would be applicable. The Drain & Cover one seemed to fit, so that we would just be going over DEET and when to wear mosquito repellent and draining outside excess water. Printing handouts last time we did a presentation for health literacy was very helpful. Corey allowed me to take over the entire presentation, but I also allowed everyone in CHEN’s opinions to assure I am giving the right information and that it makes sense to the audience. I double checked the content to make sure if there were any hand outs, that they were in simple terms that the elderly women would be able to use. After making the outline and deciding on some of the handouts, I decided to focus primarily researching on heat stress, sun and skin protection, melanoma, and mosquito prevention. Even though I know we won’t use the powerpoint in presenting the information, I know it will be useful.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 5.58
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 196.14
I was a little nervous today because I knew I had the Ebonwood Outreach in the afternoon. I worked on making an outline for what I had so far for the powerpoint for AHEPA’s Summer Safety presentation. I had much more research than I thought. I figured thirty slides was too much information to present, even though I already planned the pre-test and post test questions. I also was thinking of doing maybe a summarized format of what we are going to discuss for summer safety, instead of the audience using multiple brochures for information. It is still a work in progress, but I am glad there are many ideas involved into it.
The outreach for Ebonwood was prepped by having ‘mystery boxes’ of a fruit or vegetable. Stephanie and I chose the age group 8-11 years old. The plan was to have the kids of the chosen age group to put their hand in the box and feel the fruit or vegetable, guess what it is and speak with the members of their team to guess which one it is. Stephanie and I had pencils and the matching fruit and vegetable. On the other sheet of worksheet, there were specific groups of fruits or vegetables that the children had to write down. Categories such as fruits that you can make into a pie, crunchy vegetables, and red fruits or vegetables really made the children think. We decided that after the five teams were to finish, whichever team had the most correct would shoot a basketball in the hoop we brought. It was very engaging and fun, and I enjoyed it a lot. I hope the nervousness dies down the more I attend these outreaches. It is planned for 30 minutes, but we actually stayed for 45 minutes. It doesn’t seem like much to get the messages of 5-2-1-0 across, even though the children know it already.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 4.30
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 190.56
Tanisha and I felt like we took a ‘field trip’ this morning. We went to the Visit Pensacola centers on Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key to hand the employers there informational brochures about Summer Safety. We also handed out a few promotional items, such as sunglasses, an inflatable beach ball, and sample sunscreen. With Don’t Fry Day coming up, we decided to promote it as well. We asked if it was possible during the summer to come to their centers to promote the health department’s services, as well as CHEN’s. They agreed to keep in touch and said it was great to have us. It was about a three hour trip from the health department to Perdido Key, and Pensacola Beach and back. Corey and I touched based on my action plan when I got back. We discussed that AHEPA was welcoming us back and this time we were going to do a presentation on summer safety. We agreed that drowning prevention, heat stress, mosquito prevention, and skin cancer were topics we were going to discuss to be summer safe. I started on researching and making a ‘skeleton’ for the topics we would address to them.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 180.28
Today, I had to reformat a few things for the toolkit. I decided to rename Sun Safety for May as Summer Safety instead. The key points for each week would be as follows instead:
Week 1: Sun Protection (What is the Sun; UV Protection, Energy; Sunscreen for Skin and Eyes)
Week 2:Drowning Prevention
Week 3: Heat Stress
Week 4: Mosquito Prevention
I updated my resume and brainstormed more specified goals to achieve by the end of this semester. During the CHEN meeting, I was assigned the plan a health promotion event at the Health Department during immunization and school physical rush week. The ideas I had were to promote healthy eating/snacking, and maybe hand out informational services that the health department offers that parents and kids don’t completely know about yet. Promoting summer safety and cancer prevention at evidence-based locations including parks, beaches, and pools is what I also need to work on for a possible presentation to show CHEN my presentation skills.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 163.95
I met up with Stephanie at Children’s Home Society on Palafox this morning. The organization had an employee’s only health fair. There were many other vendors there promoting their businesses. Aside from the Florida Department of Health, there was people representing health insurances, such as Aetna, Rodan and Fields for their oils, Smoothie King, and a ju jitsu place. We promoted healthy eating habits by using tear off sheets from MyPlate. I liked it because not only did it show the correct portions, but gave healthy and descriptive recommendations on the back of it. The other sheet promoted physical activity, and on the back of that showed a daily tracker with calorie counts from certain foods. We also gave out resistance bands of different resistance, and salad shakers. Diabetes Prevention Program was also given along with the quiz. And Stephanie was informing those interested in the health newsletter for the month of May. We explained that there are tips to manage stress, eat healthier, in office workouts at their desks they could do, and free local fitness classes, such as Everman’s yoga. I was only there a few hours and had to leave to head to the health department to prep materials for the presentation.
The Health Literacy in Elderly presentation did not make me nervous and I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. It was at AHEPA. Corey surprised me with a powerpoint just for me and her to use as a guide. She decided since we were presenting to the elderly that a ‘health literacy vocabulary word bingo’ would be appropriate and I thought it was a great idea. Although, I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to play it because we ran out of time. We handed out a pretest and post test about their knowledge about health literacy. We asked questions such as:
1. What type of level of prevention is getting an immunization?
2. How confident are you in speaking to your doctor and asking him questions?
The only difference in the post test was that the last question asked if they enjoyed the presentation. I was able to give feedback on a few things and explain what the women considered confusing. Terms such as BMI and glycemia were ones I had to elaborate on. We received positive feedback on the presentation and I honestly wish it were a little longer just to connect with the audience. A few of them had several nutrition questions and Corey and I were not able to answer, but were able to follow up with those and give them the message back about their questions to our contact person that works at AHEPA. They loved that they could keep the orange 5-2-1-0 pens and the orange grocery bags. During the presentation, we handed out several helpful guides about what to ask their health care providers, nurses, and pharmacists. We also gave them brochures about cardiovascular disease, cancer screenings, mammograms, and hypertension. We even gave them a helpful sheet about looking up resourceful information from websites, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute of Health. They were very intrigued when we spoke about reliable sources and phrases to watch out for when hearing about infomercials versus the scientific truth. I actually learned a few things myself. It was a great and successful day. I hope future presentations will go smoother.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.33
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 153.95
Thursday was a quiet day in the office. It was actually just me and Stephanie. I reread my notes for the May 3rd presentation for Health Literacy in Older Adults/Elderly. I also edited the potential informational brochure that I would still need Corey to check out. I will state that since I am used to working with the elderly outside of my internship, which is at an optical store, I am used to giving them information on what to do for certain procedures. However, researching the facts and watching YouTube videos about what other’s opinions on health literacy as well as follow up questions does make me nervous. I tried to simplify the brochure as much as I could and tried to think of as many scenarios Corey and I could role play. I did end up taking a break towards the end of the day to work on the 5-2-1-0 toolkit. I hope Monday will be more efficient in getting an idea of how to present our topic to our audience.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 3.33
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 142.62
March of Dimes, March for Babies
The March of Dimes March for Babies at Maritime Park was held from 8 am to 11 am. Arriving there to set up took a lot of man power for myself. I had to carry a box of cook books for what felt like a mile. The parking lot was already filled by 7 am and we had to look for the high school student volunteers to assist us in setting up a tent. It did not take long for us to set up, although it was windy so the weather brought us a bit of a challenge as we attempted to keep all of our promotional items from flying away. I was with Skye and Kara for this event and we realized when we got there that there were more people than we anticipated, so Skye drove back to the health department to gather more items that the community members could use and have fun with. She came back with the 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel, more 5-2-1-0 bags, and hula hoops. The 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel promotes physical activity that everyone participate in doing. I saw that the children had more fun spinning the wheel to exercise than the adults. However, both adults and children participated. Some children even learned new exercise techniques, like lunges and arm circles. The 5K run started around 9 am after introductions. This was an absolute family-friendly event. We presented some of our programs that the health department offers, such as Pre-Diabetes Prevention and 5-2-1-0. We tell those who have concerns about possibly being pre-diabetic that they could take our quiz that could allow them to have insight on them possibly acquiring it. After, we give them the option to sign up for our free program and hand them a brochure if they prefer to call or e-mail our registered dietician, Kara. For those who are already diabetic, we handed them the 5-2-1-0 brochure, and educated them about it. We also gave away folate-rich cook books and promoted to increase their folate intake. I am still surprised at how many people are not aware of all of our services in the health department, even though I know that CHEN is in its own secured division. We definitely educated and promoted healthy eating habits and physical activity during this event while we had fun as well.
Earth Day at Bayview Park was so packed! I could barely find a parking spot and a way into the parking lot when I drove near the docks. There were more sponsors and promoters of this event as opposed to March of Dimes, March for Babies. I did not arrive here until about 11:30am because I went straight to this event after I finished at Maritime Park. We reminded the public as we were handing out sunscreen and mosquito repellent to use both daily. We handed out SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, and mosquito repellent that consisted of some natural oils, such as citronella and lemongrass. As we stuffed 5-2-1-0 bags with those items, we also informed gave them bicycle safety information, mosquito prevention brochure, Pre-Diabetes Prevention program brochure, 5-2-1-0 brochure, and inflatable soccer balls. The first promotional information item we ran out of was the mosquito prevention brochure, so we had to inform those who came to our tent/booth what to do and insisted on going onto the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s website for more information. Everyone had fun speaking to those who came to our tent and we believe that it was a wonderful and even more so crowded turn out.
For this event, Jeanne and Corey had to bring the CHEN’s own set up. We had our own tent, table, and chairs. I assisted with driving back to the CHEN to load up and bring the equipment back. It was a definite work out for me. Being out in the sun and lifting makes me also realize that with the job, physical strain could come with it as well. It is definitely tiring, yet rewarding.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.83
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 135.13
Today I agreed to do a presentation with Corey at a local assisted living facility. It will be in May. We will be talking about health literacy in the elderly. Since we are planning on giving a presentation at this particular place, we will not have a PowerPoint set up, and we will be giving it with no technologic visual aids. I did a lot of research from Healthy People 2010, National Assessment of Adult Literacy, Nursing World, and American Nurses Association. I suggested a brochure-like visual aid. Something that the older adults would be able to follow or use after we leave. Corey and I would definitely be able to role play as health professionals and ask questions to our target audience to get a better understanding of their health literacy skills.
I went through the 5-2-1-0 toolkit to simplify concepts and activity based learning for the elementary grade levels. I have been trying to focus more on making it strictly learning based instead of just activities. The more I take a step back and look at it each time, the more I can see the revisions that need to be made to it and I get a clearer understanding of what is expected and how to meet the expectations into a health promotion toolkit.
After my research and revisions, I spoke to CHEN about March of Dimes, March for Babies, and Earth Day this Saturday. We discussed what to bring and the time we would meet up to set up. It seems like since last year was a great success that it would be as busy this Saturday. I am thrilled to see how this event will turn out, especially with it being my first time at both Maritime and Bayview Parks.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 4.30
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 126.30
I was able to attend the Sun Safety work group conference call the day before. It was about 50 minutes in length. I was surprised that there were only 7 members who attended the meeting, but we definitely went over important memos. After I approved the minutes, we talked about the resources to promote Don’t Fry Day. And Corey showed everyone the brochure we normally use for Sun Safety at the health department. Some agreed it was a great source of information and we would potentially like to use that. We went over promoting sun screen and possibly lip balm. But sun screen seemed more vital and promising to those we gave out to the previous year.
I marked my attendance with Corey for next week’s event for Earth Day downtown. I was able to work on the rest of the grades for the toolkit – 3rd through 5th. I actually had to edit an entire week for a few weeks because some of it didn’ tie into the major monthly theme as promised. I believe I would for sure get it finished within the next few weeks. I might add more information, like fun facts and interactive links for educational games that are related to lesson plans and 5-2-1-0. Corey asked me to look into a website that CHEN normally orders stuff for for 5-2-1-0, like place mats and activity sheets for restaurants to remind children and parents of healthy eating habits. I haven’t picked any yet, but they do look entertaining.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 122