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HPW Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Posted by Deising, Deanna - April 6, 2016 - 2015 Internships, Clinic, HPW Internships, Out-of-State, Worksite

HPW Student Internship Experience – Kayla Hill 15′
Interning at The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been a valuable learning experience. With over 22,000 employees, health promotion programming is essential to establish awareness, increase education and promote healthier lifestyles. I have had the opportunity to enhance my skills in a variety of different areas. Helping plan the Health and Benefits fair was a large project where I worked closely with the Human Resource department to find vendors and establish vendor agreements. In addition, I was responsible for marketing the event with flyers and plasma screen advertisement. Another big project that I took ownership of, was planning monthly programs for the Pathology department. I constructed the programs based on aggregate health data obtained from a collection of health screenings and health surveys. After looking at the data and establishing health risk factors, I created monthly programs to target high risk individuals. One of the programs I ran was a hydration station to promote daily consumption of water (shown below). Tobacco cessation is another huge health concern for employees and their dependents at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I was responsible for ordering all the materials needed for the tobacco cessation packets and putting together the kits to send out to 600 employees. In addition, I went to a training where I became certified as a Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Facilitator. I promoted our four week program with fliers and plasma screen advertisement. Towards the end of summer, I lead the tobacco cessation program, educating employees on how to quit tobacco products and provided them with useful tools to help them develop a quit plan and remain tobacco free.


  1. Health and Benefits Fair:
    1. Working closely with the Human Resource department to find vendors and establish vendor agreements.
    2. Preparing marketing/promotional materials.
  2. Pathology Department:
    1. Cooking demos
    2. Lunch and learns
    3. Ergonomics awareness-implementing stretching routines at the workplace
  3. Tobacco Cessation (4 week program over lunch):
    1. Obtain training/certification for the Fresh Start program.
    2. Promoting the program to target audience
    3. Leading the program
    4. Evaluation of program and measuring outcomes
  4. Awareness Tables (topics vary monthly)
    1. Supervising/organizing events at both onsite and offsite locations
    2. Marketing the events
    3. Providing resources and information regarding desired topic
  5. Biometric Screenings:
    1. Employee screenings
    2. Training in cholesterol/glucose testing
    3. Promote and market event
    4. Biometric data testing/collection
    5. One-on-one health coaching based on results
  6. Coaching:
    1. One-on-one coaching in association with programs
  7. Presentations:
    1. Stress management, Nutrition, HIIT Training, Designing a Workout Program, Personal Finance
  8. Additional Topics to be Covered:
    1. Employee retention
    2. How to find evidence-based programs
    3. Visiting the marketing department-best practice social marketing
    4. Environmental wellness (Implementation-what works/what needs improvement)
    5. Financial wellness-visiting the Human Resource department
    6. Budget-how to design a budget within a contract agreement while staying within financial allowance
    7. Further explanation of Johns Hopkins Health Insurance (business terminology)
    8. Health Risk Assessments – understanding the software program

On-Site Supervisor
Anna Weber
John Hopkins Hospital
Program Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD

37 hours per week for 11 weeks; Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 & Friday 8:00-12:30


UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Kayla Hill, Summer 2015 (pictured above)

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