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Chloe Donohoe

Agency Placement

Alamance County Health Department

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies (socio-cultural focus) and Environmental Studies (Sustainability concentration)

Elon Undergraduate Experience

For my majors, I completed practicums and internships with several amazing agencies, including Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Guilford County Health Department and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India. I also went abroad as a part of Elon Volunteers’ Alternative Spring Breaks Program to work with Global Student Embassy on sustainable food systems in Nicaragua. A great deal of my time was spent working under Elaine Durr and Jessica Bilecki (Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at the time) as a Sustainability Database Intern, an Eco Rep and then eventually as Eco Reps Student Coordinator. I was also very involved in Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service organization on campus, serving as New Member Educator and Vice President and helping to plan our biennial trip to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. I was also an Elon College Fellow and completed my research with Dr. Beth Warner on the relationship-building structures of community gardens in North Carolina, conducting several interviews and culminating our findings to present at NCUR in Memphis. 

Highlights of Service Year

My job is multi-faceted, which I really love! I am leading an Affordable Care Act workgroup to bring together community leaders working on health insurance enrollment to increase efficiency and decrease the number of people who are without health insurance in our county. I will also be using mortality statistics to create a GIS map depicting life expectancy at the neighborhood level, which will hopefully inform future health assessments and county initiatives. I am working with the Alamance Steps Up taskforce, a mental health diversion initiative bringing together county leadership, public health, social services, providers and law enforcement to address mental illness in the criminal justice system and provide better systems of care. I will also help to plan the next Leadership academy for Health Department employees, serve on the Alamance Achieves committee, Alamance Network for Inclusive Healthcare, Alamance Food and Wellness Collaboratives and Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community. 

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

So far, my experience have been incredibly invigorating and humbling. There is so much going on in this county that I had little knowledge of as an Elon student. Therefore, I am so excited to get to immerse myself in the small but mighty county that is Alamance. My mentor, Stacie Saunders, as well as the other EAHPs mentors, are incredible women who champion the health and wellbeing of the people of Alamance County. I am so excited to learn from them and challenge myself to see all of opportunity in challenge and utilize position as an EAHP to make a difference in this community during my year.  

Fun Fact

I love finding the beauty in small towns and driving down roads I have never been on. Trying new foods is a large part of this exploration and I will never give up a chance to try a new flavor of ice cream!  

Maryn Hayward

Agency Placement

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies, minors in Biology and Psychology

Elon Undergraduate Experience

I was involved in leadership while at Elon, including a Facilities Manager at Moseley Front Desk, VP of Communications for Kappa Delta, and a Recruitment Counselor for Fraternity and Sorority Life. I also participated in research on the relationship between perfectionism and anorexia and studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester. 

Highlights of Service Year

I facilitate the Alamance Network for Inclusive Healthcare, which is composed of local health agencies that serve uninsured residents of Alamance County. This groups works to advocate for and minimize barriers to quality healthcare by increasing access to public transportation and mental health services. Additionally, I am working to increase access to care by helping to create a referral system that will link patients to a diabetes prevention program. I also help plan and participate in community-wide health events that provide free screenings and education on topics such as heart health, diabetes, breast cancer, and mental health.  

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

This program provides me with the opportunity to network with, learn from, and work alongside passionate, knowledgeable, and successful community leaders and residents. I have the ability to be involved with the different aspects of the healthcare system, which is giving me a greater understanding of the barriers people face to receive care and how my role as a future provider can impact the quality of life of my patients and community. 

Fun Fact

I love to go on new adventures, read a good book on the beach, explore coffee shops, and be with my family back home in California! 

Olise Obi

Agency Placement

Healthy Alamance

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies

Elon Undergraduate Experience

The experiences that impacted me the most while I was a student at Elon University were the SMART program and my study abroad experience in India. During the SMART program, I was given the opportunity to help ease the transition to college for incoming freshmen who self-identified as a member of an ethnically diverse community. During this program I learned how to be a counselor, leader, and a friend. Another experience that significantly impacted me was the public health practicum in India. This experience took place at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project campus (CRHP). CRHP is an organization that empowers people and communities to eliminate injustices such as stigma, poverty, and diseases. By focusing on the injustices that occur in the community this organization has been able to improve the quality of life for residents in their community. This was the first time I saw this model implemented successfully, and it gave me the drive to positively change my community in a similar way.  

Highlights of Service Year

Healthy Alamance is starting to work on the next Health Assessment project which must be completed every three years. To help facilitate this project I am planning community forums. The community forums, in addition to the community based participatory research, will help inform what the community needs for the next Heath Assessment. Additionally, I am working with a sub-committee which evaluates poll questions from the last Health Assessment and I am comparing the questions to Buncombe and Orange County’s Health Assessments. Finally, I am working as a Market Manager for the North Park Farmers Market. The North Park Farmers Market provides a community that has been designated as a food desert with access to fresh locally grown foods. This farmers market is the only farmers market in Alamance county that accepts EBT and Debit. 

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Program

I love the fact that EAHPs are integrated into a great organization with strong ties to the community. We have access to resources and mentors that are not normally given to us so early in our careers, and then we are given the opportunity to work on projects that align with our passions and beliefs. This model is empowering me to make my dreams a reality.   

Vashti Shiwmangal

Agency Placement

Impact Alamance

Undergraduate Major

Public Health Studies, minor in Human Service Studies

Elon Undergraduate Experience

I was an anatomy tutor and created practice exams and guides for students. I also had the chance to perform a craniotomy with other student coworkers in Fall 2016! Within the College Fellows program, I conducted qualitative research on food insecurity. I appreciated the understanding of federal nutrition assistance programs gained through my interviews with SNAP and WIC recipients in Alamance and Guilford counties. Being involved in the surrounding off-campus communities became important to me, as well. I still volunteer at the Open Door Clinic, a clinic for uninsured Alamance County residents. Finally, being a tour guide was the best experience I could've asked for as a student! I was able to advance my public speaking skills while impacting both family legacies and Elon's community for years to come.

Highlights of Service Year

As a Junior Program Officer, I get the chance to go on site visits with our grantees to review the progress on a proposal we funded, whether that means walking along a trail, examining built environment, or learning more about a nutrition intervention. I am also heavily involved in the coordination and early planning of Teacher Leadership Academy. Our foundation believes in education's impact on health outcomes, therefore it is important for us to take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with others in supporting teachers in the Alamance-Burlington School System. I am a member of the Healthy Schools committee and the Wellness and Food Collaboratives, all which provide methods of bringing community leaders together to address the well-being of the Alamance County community. 

Favorite Aspect of EAHP Experience

My most favorite aspect has been meeting everyone from various fields in the county! I think this is the beauty of working for a non-profit organization because while we do have specific grants and priority areas from year to year, we interact with different types of people on a daily basis. This includes county commissioner meetings, which provide a great setting for learning about Alamance's current political, economic, and social environments. Everyone I have met is passionate, hard-working, and committed to their role. I especially see this in my congenial mentors, Tracey and Marcy, which motivates me and my work in and out of the office. 

Fun Fact

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm completely obsessed with history and professional tennis. If I'm already not busy already exploring a new town or state park, I can be found either reading a nonfictional book on our Founding Fathers or setting my alarm for 3 a.m. to watch the Australian Open in January. No, I'm not joking.