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2015-2016 Elon-Alamance Health Partners

Hannah Allen

Agency Placement

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies

Highlights of Service Year

I organized a Safety-Net Providers group, helped with outreach for Affordable Care Act registration, worked with Medication Management Clinic on grants, helped with the completion of the 2015 Community Assessment and development of plans and goals from that document for the community, and worked on the Mobile Farmers Market - Cone Health Partnership.

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

I really enjoyed being able to meet so many people throughout the community and get to work with  and learn from them throughout the year. The Alamance community is so wonderful and probably the best part of being in the EAHP program. I had so many amazing experiences because of the support of people in the community for us and this program, and that probably wouldn't have happened somewhere else.

After the Service Year

I am starting my second year of medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center this fall. This past summer I conducted clinical research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

 

Cat Palmer

Agency Placement

Healthy Alamance

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies

Highlights of Service Year

I was primarily involved in efforts to address food insecurity in Alamance County, and the causative factors leading to such gross inequity of food access and resources. I worked with local residents, leaders, farmers, and agencies to launch the North Park Farmers Market, and created a variety of programs for the market such as children's nutrition classes and high school internships. I also developed a grant that would allow pediatricians to offer nutrition education to parents and young children, and served on both the Alamance County Wellness Collaborative and the Alamance County Food Collaborative. Finally, I was part of the team that collected, synthesized, and analyzed population health data to write the Community Assessment and the Community Health Implementation Plan. 

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

Learning the history, culture, and people of Alamance County was a privilege, and gave me a deeper understanding of not only our local county, but of the state and national political climate as well. Working alongside Alamance County leaders, listening to their stories, and understanding their vision for Alamance was by far my favorite part of my EAHP year, and made me feel that I truly found a community to call my own. 

After the Service Year

After EAHP, I returned to school at UNC-CH to become a lactation consultant. I am currently studying for my lactation board exams, interning as a lactation consultant at ARMC, and working as a doula, with the ultimate goal to return to school to become a nurse-midwife. 

Maria Restuccio

Agency Placement

Impact Alamance

Undergraduate Major

Economics

Highlights of Service Year

I developed evaluation metrics for public health interventions, assisted with development of the Teacher Leadership Academy, collected and synthesized community level data for a cradle-to-career education initiative, created logic models for each of the foundation's priority investment areas and helped to design public policy to improve accessibility of play areas for children

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

My favorite part of the EAHP program was developing strong relationships with the community. My EAHP experience introduced me to many different individuals and agencies focused on improving public health locally. Through these relationships, I learned about numerous aspects of the public health system and I was able to help to implement public health interventions that made meaningful change in our community. 

After the Service Year

Since the EAHP program ended, I have started my masters of health policy, planning and financing in with both the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Within my program, I have been able to present my experience of evaluating and implementing public health interventions in Alamance County, NC to students from around the world! 

Shelby Smith

Agency Placement

Alamance County Health Department
 

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies

Highlights of Service Year

In my role, I convened several different groups and coalitions to work on health issues in Alamance County, including outreach for Affordable Care Act enrollment, the development of a trauma-informed care model at the Health Department, and the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality. I was the lead employee for facilitating the creation of the new five year strategic plan for the Health Department, and worked with consultants to gather data and convene stakeholders to determine common values and goals. I also participated in community projects ranging from built environment and education to food equity, and spent some time developing the North Park Farmer’s Market in conjunction with Healthy Alamance. Finally, my EAHP position allowed me to participate in community organizing around racial equity, and to build relationships with a wide variety of Alamance County residents.

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

 My favorite part of my EAHP experience was the freedom to challenge myself and the autonomy to take big risks for innovation. I feel that by convening groups to construct ideas, programs, and goals that are creative, impactful, and from a lens of health equity and consideration for the difficulties that our most vulnerable populations face, I have created a space for dialogue and work that will serve Alamance County in an entirely new way. I have brought excitement and a sense of urgency to many others who share my belief in the potential for a healthier community, and given them tangible ways to follow their own passions through work that is advantageous both for our agencies and for the clients that we serve.

After the Service Year

In the immediate future, I will continue to work as a Human Service Planner and Evaluator in maternal and child health at the Health Department, where I work as a program manager for funding to reduce infant mortality. In the long term, I plan to attend a graduate level nursing program and practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife. I hope to integrate my skills as a leader in public health and the desire I have to provide individual care to vulnerable women and their families by working in an underserved area, and by translating creativity and evidence into best practices in nursing care.