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Learning in the Field!

Only a few months into their first semester, our learners have experienced public health through an array of activities outside of the classroom!

The 16th Annual Minority Health Fair
More than 4,000 people attended the 16th Annual Minority Health Fair (MHF) on Saturday August, 18th 2018 at the Chattanooga East Gate Mall. Participating in the MHF only two days after our program orientation, the 2020 Pioneers supported community organizations providing health services and education to community members. A special thank you to Chris Ramsey for involving our cohort with the health fair. We look forward to participating in the MHF for years to come as a way to give back to the local Chattanooga community.

“The best part about participating at the MHF was knowing that people walked away with more in mind on how to live a healthier lifestyle”
– Phillip Anderson

Environmental Scan at Amnicola Marsh
As part of their Environmental Health module led by Dr. Dawn Ford, the 2020 Pioneers visited the Amnicola Marsh to conduct an environmental scan. Learners walked the area, took pictures, and discussed the environmental factors that impact public health.

The 75th Annual Tennessee Public Health Association Conference
Ten of the 2020 Pioneers attended the 75th Annual Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA) Conference in Franklin, TN on Thursday, September 13th, 2018. A special thank you to Kim Harrell for making it possible. Our learners presented their scholarly work, attended various workshops, networked with students and other professionals, and had a special student-only session with the TN Commissioner of Health Dr. John Dreyzehner!

“I found the TPHA conference to be great exposure to the public health community, and I learned a great deal by networking with my peers and enjoying the topics discussed.”      – Haleigh Dunning

Disaster Preparedness with the SE Regional Health Department
The 2020 Pioneers recently visited the Southeast Regional Health Department on Monday, September 17th, 2018. The learners were greeted by the SE Regional Director, Glenn Czarnecki, met the Assessment & Planning Coordinator, Amanda Goodhard, and learned about disaster preparedness from the Emergency Response Coordinator, Robert Goff.

The 75th Annual HeLa Symposium at Morehouse School of Medicine
A number of our learners attended the 75th Annual HeLa Symposium in Atlanta, GA on Friday September 28th, 2018. The HeLa Symposium is held in honor of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancer cells were used without her consent, are now one of the most important cell lines in medical research. While at the symposium, our students had the opportunity to meet former Surgeon General David Satcher, as well as Dr. Wanda Barfield, Director of Reproductive Health for the CDC.

“To learn from and be among some of the nation’s top health professionals was a gratifying and amazing experience!”     – Robert Rooks


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