Category Archives: Escambia County

Day 39

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

Day 37

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

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 31

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

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 28

I worked on editing the grammar and adding more learning based activities for toolkit after doing research and reviewing notes for the Health Literacy presentation Wednesday. Using the brochures provided by the health department works very well. Simplifying the activities, especially for the younger grade levels has been a little tricky, since I am accustomed to an older audience. The objectives and themes I actually did not have an issue with putting into the toolkit were summer safety topics, such as drowning prevention, mosquito prevention, and heat stress. Flu prevention was also a topic I am familiar with already. Health Literacy topic is a challenge for me because this would be my first presentation and with as much research I did, I feel comfortable understanding what I read. I just am trying to prepare follow-up questions and answers to my target audience.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Totally Internship Hours Acquired: 146.62

 

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 26

I did things a bit differently today. As I did more research about health literacy in adults, I watched some YouTube videos in reference to the research I did the last week. Going through my notes from last week made it much easier to look up health literacy videos. I found two I believe that were very informative. One is a video from Gateway Health Plan. The following questions were asked among the elderly in the streets and public settings:
1. What is health literacy?
2. Do you always understand what you doctor tells you?
3. What would you do if you do not understand what your doctor tells you?
4. Do you always do what your doctor tells you?
5. Do you prepare questions before seeing your doctor?

These questions, in my opinion, best fit our topic that Corey and I could ask as a somewhat verbal pretest. The second video I stumbled upon in my search was one from TEDxTalks by Lisa Fitzpatrick called, ” Are you confused about health information?”

I started a Word document that would assist in retaining information and key points in the Health Literacy brochure I started in Publisher. Research stated that if my target audience is the elderly, the information in text should be given at a 5th grade level and 14-16 point font in black print. I have been able to apply this to the brochure that is in progress of making.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 3.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 139.28