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HPW Internship: Green County Aging and Disability Resource Center

Posted by Deising, Deanna - June 19, 2017 - 2017 Internships, Community, HPW Internships, In-State

HPW Student Internship Experience – Lizzy Dale Summer 17′

Interning at the ADRC has offered an extensive variability of experiences and great learning opportunities. While at the ADRC I worked closely with the Wellness & Prevention Specialist doing a wide variety of tasks using the knowledge and skills I have attained from UWSP.
While interning, I assisted with the marketing, recruiting and preparation of materials for two Stepping On workshops, an evidence based intervention to prevent falls among older adults. I was able to create and use many forms of marketing such as, newspaper inserts, newspaper articles, flyers, press release, provider care notes, personal phone calls, personal letters, talking on the radio, and balance testing at pharmacies and famer’s markets. I also helped promote and recruit participants for the Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop, by doing diabetes screening booth at the Senior Center, and presenting at a diabetes support group through the Clinic.
In partnership with the Public Health Department intern, we created a 5 Week Summer Fitness Challenge between the ADRC and PHD employees to encourage physical activity. Another big project I took on was creating a home safety toolkit to prevent falls. The toolkit explains why falls are a public health concern, what causes falls, home modification and local resources. Each week I also created Wellness Wednesday Facebook posts.
Through the ADRC I was able to be a part two Community Coalitions focusing on the health and wellbeing of the community. I was also able to further my health promotion education by attending the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) Base Camp Conference, watching health promotion webinars and sitting in on conference calls.

Position Summary
This internship is responsible for planning and implementing various prevention, early intervention and evidence-based prevention programs for elderly and disabled adults in order to promote independence and choices toward a healthier lifestyle. The internship will achieve the above both through direct service provision as well as encouraging other community partners in direct service involvement. The internship will also plan, develop and implement a Home-Safety Toolkit to be given out to seniors during Home Visits and Home-Delivered Meal Assessments.

ADRC Internship Goal
To gain the necessary skills to plan and implement health promotion programs for older adults in Green County, i.e. Stepping On and Healthy Eating for Successful Living. The intern will also develop and administer a Home-Safety Toolkit for older adults in Green County.

Objectives

  1. Behavior:
    1. Plan, implement and evaluate Stepping On in New Glarus and Brodhead
    2. Plan, implement and evaluate Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Albany
    3. Research, develop and implement Home-Safety Toolkit for Seniors (falls prevention)
    4. Implement, administer and evaluate Fit Families (Green County Public Health Department)
    5. Plan and implement 4-Stage Balance Test onsite in Green County
  2. Promotion and Marketing:
    1. Coordinate with community partners to promote Wellness/Prevention programs through Green County
    2. Write press releases about upcoming workshops or health related topics
    3. Write 2 articles for The Bridge (ADRC bi-monthly newsletter)
  3. Organizational Experiences:
    1. Attend all Green County Healthy Communities Coalition Meetings and the CHIP Physical Activity subcommittee meetings

Contact
Emily Tachon
Wellness & Prevention Specialist
N3152 State Road 81
Monroe, WI 53566
etachon@gchsd.org
608.328.9385

Hours
Full- Time Monday- Friday 8:30 – 4:00pm approximately 7 hour days with 30 min lunches. A total of 400 hours minimum.

Stipend
None, Mileage reimbursement

UW-Stevens Point Students Who Completed Internship

  • Elizabeth Dale, Summer 2017 (pictured above)
  • Andrea Carter, 2009

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