April 13, 2015
Communications and Marketing
On April 4, two seniors, Patrick Reidy and Robin Yoshida, presented the results of their spring internship projects at the New Hampshire Public Health Association Annual Meeting (NHPHA) in Concord, N.H.
"Robin and I were the only undergraduate presenters," says Reidy. "We both had the opportunity to present our projects to Governor Hassan."
Reidy's Lyme Disease Prevention toolkit included resources on how to look and check for ticks. While interning with the Nashua Division of Public Health, Reidy took part in a 15-minute question and answer spotlight on the Nashua Public Broadcast station about Lyme Disease with the state's expert. Next year, Reidy will attend Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Manchester to earn his doctor of pharmacy through their Accelerated Pharmacy Program (PharmD).
Yoshida used an interactive map created from data she collected to discuss the social detriments of health, a topic which was addressed during the 2014 Community Health Assessment. She hopes the map will become an education tool to help community members better understand how income, housing, and poverty can affect public health. During her time as an intern, Yoshida worked with nurses, an environmental science group, and shadowed a local epidemiologist. After graduation, Yoshida plans on working with health outreach programs before going back to school for epidemiology, with a long-term goal of working in public health.
Reidy and Yoshida completed their internships under the supervision of alumna Ashley Conley '06, an epidemiologist at Nashua's Division of Public Health & Community Services. While interning there they experience the various sectors of public health including community health, epidemiology, environmental health and health education.
"We hope our students gain a hands-on public health experience at a local health department that allows them to learn about public health and build their knowledge for their future career," says Conley. "This was the first time we had college students present a poster at the annual meeting. They did a great job on their projects and because of that, they were able to present at the meeting."
The NHPHA meets annually in April following National Public Health Week. The meeting changes different bylaws, elects new officials, and serves as an opportunity for students to present posters on public health.
Story by Dominique Del Prete '15
Photos: (top) Patrick Reidy '15, biology major; (bottom) Robin Yoshida '15, sociology major (courtesy of Ashley Conley '06)