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The 2017 PRCHN Intern Experience—in Their Own Words
For the past two months, the PRCHN office has been filled with the energy and enthusiasm of a cohort of particularly able and talented summer interns. These undergraduate and graduate students have conducted food retail audits for the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP), worked on healthy retail and produce prescription initiatives, and on tobacco reduction studies and initiatives. Learn more about these individuals and their work below.

  Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
My name is Katie Cimperman and I'm a second year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati in the Masters of Public Health-Epidemiology Program. This summer, I worked with the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network on their Tobacco Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Study taking place at Federally Qualified Health Centers. Overall, this was a great experience because I got to learn about the collaborative cancer research process.


  Ohio Nutrition Incentive Program
My name is Amber Jones. I'm a third year graduate student here at Case Western Reserve University where I am studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as part of the MPH program. My biggest takeaway from my time on the OH Nutrition Incentive Program would be learning how to communicate effectively with project members and community partners in order to evaluate relevant and necessary data.


  Little Cigar Study
My name is Rohun Patel and I am a 2nd year medical student at Touro University California. I graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.S. in neuroscience and completed a MPH from CWRU in 2016. This summer I worked on the Little Cigar Study team studying the tobacco usage habits of young people who use cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars. I learned how challenging it can be to write instructions for study participants without using academic jargon.


  NEAP/Healthy Food Retail
My name is Vanessa Chen. I go to Case Western Reserve University and will be a senior in Fall 2017. I am double majoring in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism and Medical Anthropology. The project that I worked on this summer was NEAP, the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project. My biggest takeaway from this internship experience is seeing how diverse Cleveland's population is and being able to see firsthand the very real problems of food access that many people in the Cleveland community face every day.
  My name is Matthew Moy and I just graduated from Case Western Reserve University, where I studied Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism. I will be attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center this fall for medical school. I am working on The Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP) this summer, and I worked on The Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST) last summer. My biggest takeaway from this internship experience is that the process of reducing health disparities is long and challenging, but the work that we do is important for laying down the foundations and taking the first steps.
  My name is Annie Bishop, and I am going to be a junior at The Ohio State University in the fall, majoring in Public Health. This summer, I have been working on the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Program (NEAP) with many other interns. Throughout my time at the Prevention Research Center, I have enjoyed getting to know and conversing with different store owners around the Cleveland area. I am extremely grateful for all the people and experiences I have had during my internship.
  My name is Madeline Castele, and I am a rising senior at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. I am a public health major with a minor in Psychology. This summer I had the privilege of working on the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP). My biggest takeaway from this internship was learning about and exploring all the different Cleveland neighborhoods I wouldn't otherwise travel through. Not only did I grow in my navigation skills, I have a better understanding of the lifestyles (particularly food access) of people living in areas I was not familiar with.  
  My name is Bonnie Sutherland, and I am a rising sophomore at The Ohio State University studying Environmental Engineering. I assisted with the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project this summer and hope that the experience will help me broaden the scope of an engineering degree. My biggest takeaway from the internship is how many people are actively working to improve Cleveland neighborhoods that have been institutionally impaired.
photo not available  My name is Jackie Grayson, and I will be a senior at The Ohio State University, where I’m studying Public Health. This summer I worked on a project called NEAP. MY biggest takeaway from this internship experience is becoming familiar with the Cleveland Neighborhood and interacting with store owners.
  My name is Ellen Flannery, and I am going to be a junior at DePaul University where I'm majoring in Public Relations and Advertising and minoring in Psychology. At the PRCHN, I worked for the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project (NEAP). My biggest takeaway from this internship experience is that it is important to make store owners feel comfortable. Choosing to have actual conversations with store workers was beneficial because it allowed interns to strengthen their communication skills while helping to grow relationships between interns and community members.  


  Healthy Food Retail
My name is Jesse Alger, a junior studying Human Nutrition and working on Healthy Food Retail and the Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Project. During Healthy Food Retail my biggest takeaway in a broad sense is how to connect with people of various backgrounds and how to make healthy choices seem appealing. The second project has given me a much broader view of Cleveland and has helped me feel more connected and invested in the Cleveland community. Both of these projects will help me stay open minded to all types of patients when I start my career as a Dietitian in the future. 
  My name is Katie Best and I am a second year master's student in Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University. I am working on NEAP and the Healthy Food Retail initiative this summer. My biggest takeaway from the projects have been that many community members feel really strongly about the problems we are trying to fix, so it is incredibly important to include them as we create and implement projects.


  foodNEST
My name is Anna Bender, and I'm a social welfare doctoral student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. As a summer intern at the PRCHN, I worked on the foodNEST project with Dr. Darcy Freedman. Throughout the course of this project, I've learned the importance of engaging community members during a community intervention implementation process.


  Breathe Free: We Share Air
My name is Raisa Yewah and I will be a second year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology. This summer I am working on the Breath Free: We Share Air project. My biggest takeaway from this experience is that it is very beneficial to get help and opinions from those within the communities when trying to intervene. 
  My name is Kenya Moyers and I am a recent CWRU graduate, but I will be an OSU Buckeye this Fall. I am a first year graduate student pursing a MPH in Epidemiology. This summer I am working on the Breathe Free project. My biggest takeaway from this internship experience is that patience is key when conducting research.


  Produce Prescription Program
My name is Matthew Yoder. I attended Case Western Reserve University and received a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology. Over the summer, I have worked on the Produce Prescription program, an intervention that connects food insecure individuals to farmers' markets through their medical care providers. The biggest take away from this experience has to be that organization is the key to success and the solution to stress. 
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