Field Placement: City of Long
Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Youth Health Education Division
Location: Long Beach, CA
Preceptor: Diane Brown, MPH, Youth Health Education Supervisor
Student Name: Cynthia Antonio
My field studies experience
took place at the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services,
Youth Health Education Division under the supervision of preceptor, Diane Brown,
M.P.H. Youth Health Education (YHE) is a subdivision of the Health Department’s
Preventative Health Bureau. YHE provides services and health education to Long
Beach youth between the ages of 11 and 24 for the purposes of preventing teen
pregnancy and the transmission of STDs and HIV/AIDS.
I had the opportunity to create resources, evaluation plans, and evaluation tools for three of the YHE’s programs: Men Achieving Goals In Communities (MAGIC), Peer Advocates Teaching Healthier Solutions (PATHS), and Teens Living Carefully (TLC). Each of these programs has their own specific team of Health Educators and Youth Leaders who perform the direct outreach, education, and evaluation activities to their target populations.
I created pretest, post tests, service learning surveys, clinic log sheets, sign-in sheets, progress monitoring tools, and Microsoft Access databases for PATHS and MAGIC. For TLC, I created post intervention surveys. I compiled and updated information for the YHE Resource Manual and for the PATHS staff training. I also had the opportunities to critique the LBYouth411.com website, collaborate on a presentation for Health Educators working with young men, and to edit a grant proposal, which subsequently received funding to provide case management to 15 out of school youth.
In addition to these activities, my preceptor and other YHE staff made sure that I was involved in all meetings, health department events, and trainings that YHE staff attended. I was able to attend YHE Staff meetings and retreats, trainings for working with youth, and all health department meetings. My preceptor and the YHE staff were consistently receptive to my questions and took extra effort to involve me in their individual programs. Overall, this field studies internship was educational and rewarding.
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