If you’re reading this, I hope that you’re having an amazing summer! Anyways, I started working at the Washtenaw County Health Department two weeks ago, and I am working underneath Cindra James in the division of Public Health Preparedness. Cindra is fun and easy to talk to, along with all of the other employees that I have met here so far; it is nice to see smiling faces wherever you go here.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been reading and conducting research to better understand the mechanics of the health department, the areas I will be focusing on, and my role within the department itself. A lot of my work this summer will focus on infectious diseases, including how we can better prepare for outbreaks, planning for emerging infectious diseases, and swiftly handling a public health emergency shall it occur. Last summer, I worked as an Environmental Psychology/Public Health Research Intern for Dr. Nanna Notthoff, a Michigan alum, in Berlin. During my time there, I was able to learn many skills regarding research and compiling documents and data, which has been tremendously helpful in this new role.
I was drawn to this position when Cindra James came into my Environment 308:Sustainability and Health class (taught by Jason Duvall, and I highly recommend it) to give a guest lecture. The lecture piqued my interest, and since I plan on pursuing careers in public health, I reached out to Cindra to schedule a time to sit down and talk. With a helping hand from Michigan, I was able to join the Health Department as a summer intern.