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Darien Bahe

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services



Company/Organization: IDPH-CDC Drug Use Project
Company/Organization website: http://idph.iowa.gov/substance-abuse/programs/od2a
Destination: Ames
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I am working on a project at Iowa State where we perform qualitative research involving families who have had a history of substance use. We are using this data to come up with policies that could potentially help benefit these families and create a better system where we could either eliminate the need for these substances or at the very least make it a safer experience.

I accomplished...
Being able to open up to new people and learn about a life that I would never be able to experience myself. We are working to make changes in Iowa policies and I think that will be a great accomplishment when it happens.

I learned...
Just because someone has made some bad decisions, it doesn't make them a bad person. People are always capable of redeeming themselves.

Advice for others...
Be open to people who experience life differently and learn from the experiences that they have had so you can continue to make a positive impact on the world.

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