Category Archives: Summer Safety

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

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 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


Day 11

I am almost finished with the second rough draft for the 5-2-1-0 program. Mid-way into third grade with the monthly objectives is where I am. I was also assigned a presentation for Summer Safety, which covers drowning prevention,  heat stress,  and sun and skin protection.  Corey was excited to tell me that when she assigned it to me because the year before, two of the CHEN staff presented the same topic to two elementary schools and they are welcoming us back.  It isn’t until April,  but that will give us more feedback in how to present it and which topics to cover. I decided to use the one for Summer Safety presentation for adults as a guide. However,  I would like to cover a few more things,  such as rules to follow to prevent drowning for themselves, instead of just giving statistics to the students.

We also had a meeting today. We talked more about Kara’s concern with her planning with her clients about nutrition and assisting in how to go about guides/handouts for parents to help in gaining weight for their children. She decided Reach Your Healthiest Weight was going to be her title. I think it is a great idea. Everything else touched on future use of Facebook posts about healthier eating and future events. One of them is Ciclovia and I am excited about it. We just touched base on when it will be and who is assigned to do what. More details should surface soon. I am looking forward to taking a break with the rough draft and focusing on the PowerPoint for Summer Safety.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6
Total Acquired Internship Hours: 64.30

Day 10

I figured it would be easier to write a cumulative post about Monday and today’s agendas for just today. Monday I was thrilled to learn how to make a hyperlinked table of contents successfully. It seemed a bit more complicated than I thought it was going to be, but I was able to figure it out and that was accomplished for that day. I would also be finishing up the monthly objectives because right now I am at the third grade section. Some of it seems repetitive, to be honest. But I do understand tying 5-2-1-0 into the elementary grade levels are vital. We also had a meeting in CHEN about updates from our division. Kara, the registered dietician, wanted our feedback about the Facebook page for our viewers and handouts for the parents she assists with their children’s diets. Other topics we covered from everyone else included upcoming events, such as Cyclovia, outreaches, and different ways to engage 5-2-1-0 into elementary schools’ after school programs. I am definitely excited about Cyclovia and hope to be able to get off work to attend that. I am crossing my fingers that Pensacola will not be rainy or have any glitches in weather forecasts that day.

As for today, I attended the Northwest Florida Cancer Collaborative Sun Safety Workgroup Meeting, but this time, it was from home. I did experience a bit of a glitch when I had difficulties with my phone and I missed about ten minutes of the phone call. It was a shorter meeting, about 30 minutes long. Although shorter, we did cover Don’t Fry Day, website resources to update the NWFCCC, and Corey suggested we also try to reach out to various places and doctors if possible to assist in member growth. Everyone seemed engaged and excited about it. I hope it will be a collaborative success.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 5.30
Total Acquired Internship Hours: 58.30

Day 9

I was enthusiastic about catching up with Corey to see her input about the second draft. One thing we talked about was making sure I tie everything together to make it connect with 5-2-1-0, Germs, and Summer Safety. She initially wanted me to look over each week’s objectives to make sure the sentence structure agrees with the monthly themes, along with the student challenges. An example that she used was, “Student Challenge: Decrease screen time to at least thirty minutes or more and play outside to connect with family and the outside world, instead of the television screen.” I decided that it was easier for me to connect all four weeks worth of student challenges to form an objective for each month. It helped make the flow of the toolkit easier. Kindergarten through second grades are finished with the monthly objectives so far. Sometimes I forget that this toolkit will be utilized online, so I still need to figure out how to fix the table of contents into hyperlink format.
Total Daily Hours Earned: 6
Total Acquired Internship Hours: 54