Day 30

I worked more on the 5210 toolkit for the teachers. This time, I made sure I took a more comprehensive approach as far as finding useful facts for the parent handouts and tying the student challenges into everything. For National Institutes of Health with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, I found parent tips for moving more, incorporating the ‘1 or more hours of physical activity,’ healthy cooking and snacking tips, healthy snacks that are 100 calories of less, and a ‘We Can Grocery List Template.’ The Centers for Disease Control presented information for physical activity, needs for children, what counts as types of exercise, and overcoming barriers to physical activity. For the Germs portion for the month of December, Kids Health presented flu facts as well as vaccines and how often children should get them, E. Coli and food poisoning, and food safety, so kids won’t eat off the floor. Another helpful resource was the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 6
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 159.95

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

 

Day 25: March of Dimes & Earth Day

March of Dimes, March for Babies
The March of Dimes March for Babies at Maritime Park was held from 8 am to 11 am. Arriving there to set up took a lot of man power for myself. I had to carry a box of cook books for what felt like a mile. The parking lot was already filled by 7 am and we had to look for the high school student volunteers to assist us in setting up a tent. It did not take long for us to set up, although it was windy so the weather brought us a bit of a challenge as we attempted to keep all of our promotional items from flying away. I was with Skye and Kara for this event and we realized when we got there that there were more people than we anticipated, so Skye drove back to the health department to gather more items that the community members could use and have fun with. She came back with the 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel, more 5-2-1-0 bags, and hula hoops. The 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel promotes physical activity that everyone participate in doing. I saw that the children had more fun spinning the wheel to exercise than the adults. However, both adults and children participated. Some children even learned new exercise techniques, like lunges and arm circles. The 5K run started around 9 am after introductions. This was an absolute family-friendly event. We presented some of our programs that the health department offers, such as Pre-Diabetes Prevention and 5-2-1-0. We tell those who have concerns about possibly being pre-diabetic that they could take our quiz that could allow them to have insight on them possibly acquiring it. After, we give them the option to sign up for our free program and hand them a brochure if they prefer to call or e-mail our registered dietician, Kara. For those who are already diabetic, we handed them the 5-2-1-0 brochure, and educated them about it. We also gave away folate-rich cook books and promoted to increase their folate intake. I am still surprised at how many people are not aware of all of our services in the health department, even though I know that CHEN is in its own secured division. We definitely educated and promoted healthy eating habits and physical activity during this event while we had fun as well.

Earth Day
Earth Day at Bayview Park was so packed! I could barely find a parking spot and a way into the parking lot when I drove near the docks. There were more sponsors and promoters of this event as opposed to March of Dimes, March for Babies. I did not arrive here until about 11:30am because I went straight to this event after I finished at Maritime Park.  We reminded the public as we were handing out sunscreen and mosquito repellent to use both daily. We handed out SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, and mosquito repellent that consisted of some natural oils, such as citronella and lemongrass. As we stuffed 5-2-1-0 bags with those items, we also informed gave them bicycle safety information, mosquito prevention brochure, Pre-Diabetes Prevention program brochure, 5-2-1-0 brochure, and inflatable soccer balls. The first promotional information item we ran out of was the mosquito prevention brochure, so we had to inform those who came to our tent/booth what to do and insisted on going onto the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s website for more information. Everyone had fun speaking to those who came to our tent and we believe that it was a wonderful and even more so crowded turn out.

For this event, Jeanne and Corey had to bring the CHEN’s own set up. We had our own tent, table, and chairs. I assisted with driving back to the CHEN to load up and bring the equipment back. It was a definite work out for me. Being out in the sun and lifting makes me also realize that with the job, physical strain could come with it as well. It is definitely tiring, yet rewarding.

Total Daily Hours Earned:  8.83
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 135.13

Day 24

Today I agreed to do a presentation with Corey at a local assisted living facility. It will be in May. We will be talking about health literacy in the elderly. Since we are planning on giving a presentation at this particular place, we will not have a PowerPoint set up, and we will be giving it with no technologic visual aids. I did a lot of research from Healthy People 2010, National Assessment of Adult Literacy, Nursing World, and American Nurses Association. I suggested a brochure-like visual aid. Something that the older adults would be able to follow or use after we leave. Corey and I would definitely be able to role play as health professionals and ask questions to our target audience to get a better understanding of their health literacy skills.

I went through the 5-2-1-0 toolkit to simplify concepts and activity based learning for the elementary grade levels. I have been trying to focus more on making it strictly learning based instead of just activities. The more I take a step back and look at it each time, the more I can see the revisions that need to be made to it and I get a clearer understanding of what is expected and how to meet the expectations into a health promotion toolkit.

After my research and revisions, I spoke to CHEN about March of Dimes, March for Babies, and Earth Day this Saturday. We discussed what to bring and the time we would meet up to set up. It seems like since last year was a great success that it would be as busy this Saturday. I am thrilled to see how this event will turn out, especially with it being my first time at both Maritime and Bayview Parks.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 4.30
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 126.30

 

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 22

Being the first day of this week, I continued to go through the 5-2-1-0 toolkit. I was able to print out up to 2nd grade and read through it. Matching weekly themes into the overall monthly themes and objectives seemed easier this time. I was also able to log into Quiziz and Google more resources to make an interactive 5-2-1-0 game for the teachers to possibly potentially use in the classrooms. Having to research more of what was needed for the toolkit brought more perspective as far as applying knowledge and skills learned from my Health Promotion and Planning class I took last semester.

We had a CHEN meeting in the afternoon that dealt with a few upcoming events and feedback. We gave each other feedback on everyone’s specific tasks they are in the process of accomplishing. A main one was the summer program. I will definitely be attending. Things we discussed were children’s name tags, physical exercise in cafeterias, accomplishment certificates, prizes, and photo release issues when taking care of the kids. As these will be kids from ages 5 to 14, it will be a challenge. I look forward to learning to deal with this age group.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 118

Day 21

I still worked on the 5-2-1-0 toolkit today, assuring that my changes match up the themes. I am pretty positive that Kindergarten is a good start to get everything going as far as what I need to understand to do the following grade levels in fixing my mistakes and repetitiveness. Having time to research more facts, activities, and learning based things to accompany the toolkit allowed me to make sure I was still doing everything correctly, with more updated and adequate information. Editing all objectives to simplify them did not take up much time, as I edited First Grade. I also found that some of the staff from the health department is attending a physician’s expo this Saturday, so CHEN assisted in preparing that as well. We ordered magazines and put “2 hours or less of screen time” stickers on them and gave some back packs away to promote healthy messages.

Total Daily Hours Earned: 4
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 114