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Sedona Dowd

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Community and Public Health

Company/Organization: Mary Greeley Medical Center/Story County Public Health
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Title: Public Health Intern
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring 2017

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I was responsible for...
At Mary Greeley Medical Center, I worked with the Story County Director of Public Health. I attended important meetings, and I was responsible for creating a health report for Story County, in collaboration with Story County Quality of Life Alliance (SCQLA). I also shadowed many different directors of the hospital, and nurses in different departments.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was finishing the Story County Health Report, and presenting it to a small audience of public health professionals. It was a lot of work, and a lot of research, but it was a great challenge to overcome.

I learned...
This first-hand experience in a hospital during my shadowing hours really helped me solidify my career aspirations to become a nurse. Spending time in all the different departments of the hospital was extremely beneficial, and a great learning opportunity.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to reach out to people multiple times. You never know where you will find the perfect opportunity for you, and don't become discouraged if you are having a difficult time at first. Keep an open mind and put yourself out there. There is so much to learn in this field!

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