Day 50

I started the morning with driving to Perdido Key Visitor’s Center with Skye. We informed tourists and visitors about Summer Safety and that lasted until about 1 o’clock. After that, I got back to CHEN and started making revisions on last week’s Healthy Babies brochure and short messages. Some of the links on the short messages were sources and not information that the viewers would be able to interpret for more information. I was able to change two of them to provide some of the WIC’s services and another one to explain what premature birth is. I had to change some of the brochure’s content because it focused too much on one specific topic, rather than the entire Healthy Babies elements that make up the module. That sums up my Monday’s work.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 290.98

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Day 49

The Healthy Babies Module was much information that I tried my best to cover in a short amount of time. I was able to have contents for all slides of the presentation, but not quite the notes in the required format. I was able to have short messages about infant mortality that could be shared via Twitter or Facebook per CHEN’s guidelines. Tanisha and I reviewed the content of the short messages. She taught me how to use Bitly as a source for a shortened version of the sources of the website links I used. I am not familiar with Twitter at all, but I also learned that Twitter has a 140-character guideline for their posts, including spaces and punctuation. This was actually what I finished the quickest, even though I had to update my sources and use the Bitly generator and Twitter word count. I guess being up to date with social media is my next goal as a health educator. I was able to start on the brochure. Targeting benefits of breastfeeding, quitting tobacco, prenatal and postnatal care, and local resources were tied into the presentation and brochure. These were all my drafts, as I attempted to put as much information into these materials for the Faith-Based Network.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.67
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 282.48

Day 48

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

Day 47

Much research was conducted today. I used many sources like MyPlate, Women’s Health, CDC, HealthyPeople 2020, Florida Department of Health, and others. Attempting to make an outline as I make sense of the main points for low health literate target audiences is much more challenging than I thought. Main points such as breastfeeding, health equity, and infant mortality are topics I believed I’d be able to simplify in context in a short amount of time, but unfortunately, I am not quite efficient. I tried to use the Flesch-Kincaid proofreading tool on Word for about half an hour to test it out and understand before I completely  finish my draft of the PowerPoint. Gathering as much resources as possible on a time crunch was my main focus as I continued to make sense of the content and outline in my own words. I figured I would focus on rewording to the standards of the Flesch-Kincaid would be a later goal prior to submitting my presentation.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 266.98

Day 46

I was assigned a Healthy Babies Module for the Faith-Based Health Information (HI) Network. This is the last module that is due for the fiscal year. It will be about infant mortality among black women. The module contains a PowerPoint presentation, flyer, brochure, and short messages. I met up with one of the breastfeeding coordinators in WIC and she gave me great resources and insights for nutrition portion. She also gave me a handful of information about breastfeeding and the expectations, breastfeeding after coming back from maternity leave, and benefits of it for mothers and babies. It gave me the idea to start on the MyPlate portion of the presentation. I decided to use MyPlate nutrition guidelines for the general population of adults, but also specify pregnant women as well. MyPlate had more information on it than I thought. I even included two slides for components on limiting added sugars, and healthy oils. It seems like much information in a module to be done in a week because the research portion is my main focus. I’m sure I will come up with a flowing outline soon. CHEN also went over the Back to School Promotion that is a five day ‘outreach’ at the health department that I would be in charge of. I decided to focus two days on nutrition, so food demos would be the focus those days. And two days of hydration, along with at least one day of physical activity, but tying in proper hydration as well.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 8.17
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 260.48

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 43

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

Day 42

I attempted to finish as much of the CDC Clear Communication Index and revisions as much as I could. The only section I would have to work on is the Workplace Health Promotion. The trickiest part about working on it is knowing it has not been updated in a while because a past challenge is still posted onto the website along with its instructions. I also assisted Skye in the Diabetes Prevention Program’s Recipe of the Week. She had about twenty recipes to transfer onto the program’s template to hand out. I worked on that and finished about a dozen of them. Afterwards, I decided to take a break on it and research for ‘Career Day’ for Ebonwood. We would be explaining and answering questions about what a health educator, nutritionist, and dietitian does.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.75
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 232.14

Day 41

Today I just worked on the CDC Clear Communication Index and made suggestions for revisions. I am starting to see the importance of highlighting main points for target audience to understand. The most challenging one for me to start working on was Workplace Health Promotion. All the others like Summer Safety and Community Outreach and Presentations just needed visual cues to for each heading to support main message.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6.50
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 225.39