In the morning, I touched up on the brochure one last time. I also finished the revisions for the presentation for the HI Network for Florida Healthy Babies and turned it in for revisions for Corey and Patrick. This will be sent to Marie, who is one of the Public Health Communications Manager. I was nervous about it from the beginning, but I knew which credible sources to use, how to word the content appropriately for my target audience, and did everything in terms of meeting the Department of Health’s standards.
Tanisha and I started prepping for the 5-2-1-0 Olympics with Ebonwood kids about two hours early. We decided to make stations for each of the numbers and split the kids up into two teams. They filed in two separate lines, as the leaders assisted. Some kids were new and needed a bit of assistance. We used the 5 to ask questions to the kids about 5 fruits and vegetables a day, such as, ‘What is a fruit or vegetable in a pie?’ and ‘What is a fruit that grows on a tree?’ The 2 was for them to state or mimic an activity they would do instead of screen time. The 1 was for the 5-2-1-0 physical activity spinning wheel, and the 0 was to state a sugary drink. If anyone got them incorrect, they were to be sent to me to use the physical activity dice, but still be able to move onto the next round. The bonus round got animated. I used the physical activity for Tic-Tac-Toe from the Vickery Center to determine the winner for Olympics.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.75
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 320.15
CHEN started the morning with a small meeting about the Back to School Promotion that Corey assigned me to plan. It actually will be a 5-day, twenty or thirty minute event near WIC to promote aspects of 5-2-1-0 and MyPlate. I would be attending three days only. I wanted to focus on physical activity and proper hydration for most days. Two of the days would focus on healthy nutrition. Skye and Kara decided they’d use the air fryer and do popcorn on one day, along with promoting a few brochures about eating well when you don’t have time, eating smart when you go out to eat, and 100 calorie snacks. The second day they promote healthy nutrition, they agreed on doing a ‘fruit sushi’ that consists of whole grain tortilla with low-fat strawberry cream cheese and strawberries along with the same materials to promote. Stephanie, Corey, and I would take three days to do proper hydration and use a few tear away sheets about the physical activity geared towards children, the 1 and 0 brochures from 5-2-1-0 and use the physical activity wheel. We decided that doing a strawberry orange water to promote a different way to drink water might be successful. Tanisha and I planned for Ebonwood by talking about how we would do the 5-2-1-0 Olympics for the kids. The presentation is almost finished and I feel a bit more confident in using the Flesch-Kincaid for revisions.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.75
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 311.40
I continued to work on the revisions for the Florida Healthy Babies presentation, along with the brochure, and the short messages. Tanisha and I worked on making the kids musical instruments made out of household items. We used construction paper, toilet paper rolls, and beans, rice, and spaghetti noodles to put into the toilet paper rolls. The kids loved it so much that we spent about twenty minutes over our normal time to spend more time with them. They also made a ‘song’ to dance to as well. We explained that this would bring the focus for two hours or less of screen time. The older kids’ focus today was physical activity. We only had about six kids today, but we incorporated resistance bands of different strengths. Since the presentation for HI Network had the most information, I made that a priority to continue after I took a break on working on the brochure and touched up the short messages after Ebonwood.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 297.98
I got insightful feedback to target infant mortality from Patrick, who specializes in public health. He did state my presentation was heavy on the nutrition aspect, and we decided it’d be best to focus on actual infant mortality rates that the target audience would understand. I worked on Flesch-Kincaid revisions for the notes of the presentation. After that, Tanisha and I headed to Ebonwood and since there could be possibly showers, we decided a physical activity indoors for the little and middle ones was appropriate. I was able to find a physical activity for chair bingo. It was a great success and the children loved it. The sessions were only thirty minutes each. The older kids got to use the physical activity dice and enjoyed that as well. Some of them learned a few new exercises.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.83
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 273.81
I spoke to Tanisha about how she wanted to approach today’s outreach for Ebonwood. She decided she would take on the health educator role, so I decided to pick the roles for nutritionist and dietitian. It seemed a bit challenging because I wish we had our dietitian there to further explain. But we were able to manage and get the children engaged in thinking about future careers and what we, as health educators, do. We asked opinionated questions, like what they thought each role did, salaries, and what types of places they thought they worked in and how they help individuals as well as communities. I feel like even though they’re eight to ten years old, that I need work on my public speaking skills. It seems more challenging to get them interested in the topics we were discussing. When I came back to CHEN, I worked on DPP’s Recipe of the Week and prepared with Tanisha for Sneaky Sugars for the upcoming Ebonwood outreach.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 238.81
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