Category Archives: Summer Safety

Day 55

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

Day 45

Corey and I had much to discuss about my assigned tasks and projects until the end of my internship. We discussed future events, like the Visitor’s Centers, Day of Play preparation, and Back to School promotion. Although I will not be interning for Day of Play, I would be assisting in setting up materials to prepare for it, as it is one of the biggest events that the health department is involved in. The Back to School promotion would be a three-day, twenty-minute promotion for immunization clients. I pitched ideas about healthy snacks and increasing water intake for those days. Kara and Skye would be assisting in the demos for healthy snacks, as we also focus on 5-2-1-0, and the benefits of drinking water versus sugary drinks. I also decided to take on the Healthy Babies module for a presentation, flyer, and brochure for a low literate target audience. And the last would be Summer Safety presentation for community partners. Today, I focused on an action plan and researching ideas for the Back to School promotion.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 252.31

Day 44

I finished the CDC Clear Communication Index and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Recipes of the Week. They’re simple tasks that only took about an hour and a half to accomplish. I met up with Kara at Pensacola Beach Visitor’s Center to promote Summer Safety. We had tear-away sheets for targeted for parents about different ways to drink water. We also had brochures about Drain & Cover for mosquito prevention,
5-2-1-0, Summer Safety, and Cancer Prevention. We gave out other various items, such as 5-2-1-0 grocery bags, with sunscreen lotion, inflatable beach balls, and color changing sunglasses. We also used the model to show the difference between burnt skin and regular skin. We were able to give out more than half of what we brought. It was a fun experience reaching out to the locals and tourists.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 7
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 245.81

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 38

I devoted most of today strictly to the AHEPA Summer Safety presentation. I was able to get the specified topics for heat stress, recreational water illness, Zika, and Food Safety. I was able to also come up with a six question pretest and post test for the target audience to fill out. I also decided to talk to the new intern, Tanisha, about the content of what we are presenting. We decided to divide up the presentation, however, I would still cover most topics. I had a challenging time in trying to simplify the presentation in a sense that the audience will be interested in it. There were many facts I came across that surprised me and figured to use. I also decided to utilize the UV Index search on EPA’s website. That way, if the elderly wants to work out or exercise in the heat or go to the beach, they would know how to dress properly.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 5.58
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 201.72

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 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 23

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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 13

Finishing the PowerPoint for the elementary schools about Summer Safety for April was pretty fun. I wasn’t aware that there were strict branding rules into PowerPoints that the health department must use.  In that case,  I was able to make an additional powerpoint to meet the guidelines of the health department. I spoke with Corey and she invited me to attend an after school session on Monday so I could observe. She also approached me with a task of confirming correct phone numbers for NWFCCC’s resources. I was able to at least look over the e-mail she sent me and use Escambia County as a primary priority before starting the confirmation of contact information of additional resources.  Other than that,  I am still patiently waiting on more information about the Ciclovia event for next month. 

Total Internship Hours Acquired: 72.30

Day 12

Good news!  I completed the second draft of the 5-2-1-0 program.  I still need to go back to review everything, of course.  Make sure that everything aligns with each grade level and assure the constant flow to connect weekly challenges to the program. Checking my grammar would be the next thing on the agenda. I am still figuring out what to put into the Summer Safety PowerPoint for the children. I don’t want to go too into depth or else I might lose their attention.  We decided to make sure we do activities within the presentation as well. Corey stated that even though the PowerPoint is just used as a guide for us, it might be printed and presented for the kids to take home to the parents.  I was not aware that the health department had strict rules about which templates to present because of our branding. Either way, I am still having fun putting it together.

I assisted Stephanie in cutting the Ciclovia flyers to pass out to Pensacon. I didn’t even think to incorporate marketing to a different major, public event. She was nice enough to hand like an 8 x 11 to me. Ciclovia is going to be bigger than I thought.  I did read on the flyer that it is a world-wide event,  and Pensacola is one of the cities participating in it. I have heard some of our sponsors and things that we will be having. I believe it is a great way to reach out to the communities to learn about safety and of course,  5-2-1-0. I understand why Dr. Lanza promotes us attending the event. I hope that with it being on a Saturday that my job will allow me to have time off to attend.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 5
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 69.30