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HPW Internship: Gundersen Health System-La Crosse

Posted by Deising, Deanna - September 2, 2015 - 2015 Internships, Community, HPW Internships, In-State, Worksite

HPW Student Internship Experience – Marisa Newton Spring 17′
Interning at Gundersen Health System in the Community and Preventive Care Services department has been a great experience. I was able to gain experience in a number of different aspects of wellness. Some of the areas of focus I got the chance to help out with was employee and community challenges, tobacco cessation, alcohol and other drug abuse and health screenings. I was put in charge of running our Desk to 5K/ Half Marathon Program that is open to Gundersen employees and their family and friends. For the program I made four training plans to help people get ready for the race. I also was in charge of sending out weekly tips to everyone participating to help keep them motivated throughout the program. One of the major events I got to take part in was an event called the Wake-Up-Call. This event mocks a teenager’s bedroom that shows more than 20 “red flags” pointing to drug and alcohol use. I provided tours and greeted members of the community to educate them on the growing issues of drug and alcohol use. Some of the other opportunities I had were, helping out at health fairs/conferences and health screenings. At health fairs and conferences I was in charge of running our booth and promoting the services we offer. At the health screenings I measured height, weight and blood pressure. Lastly I was able to attend a HeartMath class that offers prevention and intervention strategies for improved mental health, decision making and stress relief which is offered to Gundersen employees.


  1. Behavior Change:
    1. Participate in worksite screening events
    2. Offer ideas for goal setting for participants in order to improver biometrics
    3. Participate/assist in diabetes education/support group for the community
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Create weekly health promotion tips for Minutes in Motion participants
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Actively participate in department staff meetings


On-Site Supervisor
Sarah J. Havens
Community and Preventive Care
Services Director
1900 South Ave.
La Crosse WI, 54601 

30-40 hours per week, at least 400 hours total



UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Marisa Newton, Spring 2017
  • Anna Wargowsky, Fall 2015 (pictured above)

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