We started off the morning with a meeting with everyone in CHEN. We talked about some positive changes, including those involving websites. The Florida Department of Health in Escambia officially has a Twitter account and the communications department is also working on the Escambia Health website. We talked about the current hydration challenge and working the 5-2-1-0 Day of Play and Seafood Fun. Healthiest Weight has a few new prioritized changes including birthing/breastfeeding facilities, worksite wellness, childcare centers, and health care focuses. This year, the healthy equity focus would be on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with partnering communities in health care and faith-based organizations. There is also a new intervention for toxic stress among children that would need to be accomplished. It was stated that the CHA-CHIP goals needed to have slight revisions to fit other categories and have the Quality Improvement project for training on health equity.
I finished my internship paper this afternoon and had several new insights of my internship that tied into the areas of responsibility as a health education intern. I was not aware that so many sub-competencies made up an entire area, but that the health department does teach and implement many ways of promoting health education internal and external of the organization. It was a hard, long, and rewarding experience.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 371.40
I started continuing to work on my internship paper in the morning until the CHEN meeting. We discussed many things, like worksite wellness, Diabetes Prevention Program, the new umbrella for Healthy Escambia, and Day of Play. I decided to continue as a volunteer for that day, unless otherwise noted. There would be more positive and flowing changes to Healthy Escambia to better meet the needs of the community members. Kara decided to do a six-week focus on healthy lifestyle changes open to everyone in the community so she wouldn’t just do DPP classes. She wanted to focus it on topics that were relevant to everyone in the community, such as stress management, reading nutrition labels, physical activity, and a few others. We jotted down ideas for her to start working on. I had to reword and add several things to my internship paper to focus it more on the Areas for development of competencies.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 363.90
Today was the last day of the Back to School Promotion in Immunizations. Kara and I prepped in her CHEN office for the party popcorn. We used an air popper for the kernels and used Pam spray oil and spices for flavor. It didn’t take long for the popcorn to pop. I sprayed it with oil and we used chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. We were able to serve it to thirty-two clients throughout the health department. We explained to them the healthy way of making popcorn and other adjustments if they don’t have an air popper for popcorn kernels. After that I continued to work on my internship paper for the rest of the day.
Total Internship Hours Earned: 8.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 355.40
In the morning, I worked on my final paper for a while until I decided to have the Back to School Promotion for forty minutes in the hall. I had about fifteen kids within that time that came up to the table to spin the wheel, so I decided to introduce and review 5-2-1-0 with them and which of their favorite thing was to do from 5-2-1-0. It went well.
Right after I finished the promotion, I prepped for Ebonwood, as today was the last day and I was doing it alone. I decided to use the Physical Activity Chair Bingo for the middle and older children and have a ‘5’ themed coloring contest with the youngest group. The outreach with Ebonwood was extended due to set up and other guest speakers with other groups. I stayed with the middle group the longest for the activity. They were thrilled. I went back to the health department to prep for National Night Out with Kara and Skye. The purpose for the event is to raise awareness about drug and crime rates, and support local organizations to prevent crimes. We talked about giving out 5-2-1-0 frisbees, multiple colored sunglasses, and inflatable footballs. I wasn’t aware the event was going to be as big as it was. There seemed like less sponsors there, but the crowds made up for it. It was a quick three hours that we were there. I was able to even do some personal networking as a health educator, while informing the public about services offered, and 5-2-1-0 for parents and potential partners for CHEN.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 11.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 346.90
Today was the first day of the Back to School Promotion. Stephanie and I decided to promote physical activity using the 5-2-1-0 spin wheel. We gave the kids strawberry orange water as a reward for participating. We also handed out informational tools, such as the Wacky Water Ideas for Kids and Physical Activity Pyramid sheets. Some of the children weren’t aware about exercises such as leg lifts, arm circles, leg lunges, and squats. We were able to teach them in groups. Corey wanted us to be there for about twenty minutes, but we ended up stay there for about an hour. It got packed and very active as we drew attention in the hall. It was a good first day.
I started working on my final paper for my internship and worked on inventory the rest of the day.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.75
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 335.40
Stephanie and I had an early and last outreach for the summer at Pensacola Beach Visitor’s Center. We were there for five hours promoting summer safety, mosquito and mosquito prevention. This time, we had different informational hand outs, like sugar shockers that showed how much sugar was in certain products. Products like soda, juice, and energy drinks was what was shown. We also handed out sun screen and informed the visitors and locals about services the health department have to offer. We also had a tear away sheet about mosquitoes for the children and remind them to drain and cover.
After that, when I got back to the office, I worked on the final draft of the summer safety presentation for the community partners. I decided to put more information in the notes section, as it was stated that most of the community partners would have the same health literacy as health educators. I didn’t need to use Flesch-Kincaid for this presentation. Hungry for Justice was canceled due to attendance.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 7.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 327.65
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
The most challenging thing I feel like I’ve had to do for my internship was use Flesch-Kincaid to revise my presentation. I actually had to double check the Florida Department of Health’s guidelines and the information that the document states about consumer information from us is that it has to be between a fourth to sixth grade level. I decided to make comments into my presentation as guidelines to see the Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. It helped a lot so that I wouldn’t have to keep going back into my slides and rewording what didn’t to be reworded. Corey, Skye, Tanisha, Stephanie, and I went to the Vickery Center to promote 5-2-1-0 to the kids that were attending summer camp. I joined Stephanie and Skye’s group and we had 7-10 year old children. We briefly introduced ourselves and went over 5-2-1-0 and asked the kids questions regarding 5-2-1-0 and how to use and incorporate it to every day life and why it is important. We used hula hoops, cones, and bean bags to incorporate the physical activity planned. It was Tic-Tac-Toe. The kids loved it and we also had fun.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 5.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 303.65
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