Category Archives: CHEN

Day 36

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

Day 35

I decided to take a break on the toolkit and worked on the presentation for AHEPA for summer safety. I used the old powerpoint I had originally for a target audience for children that I never was able to present. As I was breaking the information down from sources like the CDC, NIH, FDOH, and cancer websites, I realized that I had to much information that I needed to break it down eventually. I focused on drowning prevention, and by the time the day was over with, I managed to get more information for slides regarding skin cancer and when to get tested that anything else. I decided to plan to make a pre and post test because I will be touching on topics about Zika, heat stress, and proper clothing, shade, and frequency of applying sunscreen to prevent sun burns. There was much information I learned as well, while researching. I was thinking of playing a bingo-like game or a question game that pertains to summer safety, such as UV index in the area they live in and what it means. The one challenge I managed to learn today was inputting research data that I wasn’t able to copy and paste, into a bar graph on the slides.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 5.58
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 186.26

Day 34

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

Day 33

Right when I got to the office this morning, Corey approached me and the new intern, Tanisha, to ask if we’d like to join her in the InterAgency Council Meeting. We both agreed. It felt like more of a networking opportunity within the community. It was great. I wasn’t aware that there were these organizations trying to help others in allowing the public to know about their services. We decided to hand out our 2016 Organizational Profile booklet, and a brochure about our services at the Florida Department of Health. Other businesses and organizations there were also Covenant Care for Alzheimer’s Care, Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Progran, Epilepsy Foundation, The Family Center, Molino Health Care Pensacola State College for GED and ESOL, United Health Way, and Homeless Vets. The guest speakers were with The National Youth Advocate Program to speak about their local organization and what they do. They are both within the social work field, and one was a therapist who work at a crisis level for children that need foster homes from young age to up to an adult age. Trying to spread messages of the reality and complications that children face in the adoption and fostering process. It was great to see that the communities got together to talk about their need to let citizens within the Emerald Coast know about services provided that many may not know about. This meeting was the highlight of my day.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 5
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 173.78

Day 29: Start of Summer

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

Day 27

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

Day 25: March of Dimes & Earth Day

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
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

Day 24

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


Day 23

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

Day 22

Being the first day of this week, I continued to go through the 5-2-1-0 toolkit. I was able to print out up to 2nd grade and read through it. Matching weekly themes into the overall monthly themes and objectives seemed easier this time. I was also able to log into Quiziz and Google more resources to make an interactive 5-2-1-0 game for the teachers to possibly potentially use in the classrooms. Having to research more of what was needed for the toolkit brought more perspective as far as applying knowledge and skills learned from my Health Promotion and Planning class I took last semester.

We had a CHEN meeting in the afternoon that dealt with a few upcoming events and feedback. We gave each other feedback on everyone’s specific tasks they are in the process of accomplishing. A main one was the summer program. I will definitely be attending. Things we discussed were children’s name tags, physical exercise in cafeterias, accomplishment certificates, prizes, and photo release issues when taking care of the kids. As these will be kids from ages 5 to 14, it will be a challenge. I look forward to learning to deal with this age group.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 118