Julie Lam was a CenHealth student intern from California State University, Northridge from July, 2015 to March, 2016. We greatly appreciate her help.
My internship with the Center for Health Equity in the Americas at the Keck School of Medicine of USC was a rewarding experience. I assisted with the Es Tiempo Pilot Outdoor Media campaign which targeted prevention of cervical cancer through Pap tests and the HPV vaccine tailored toward Hispanic/Latina women. The community intercept interviews accessed campaign recall, and attitudes and behaviors regarding Pap tests and the HPV vaccine among Hispanic/Latina women in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. My tasks included writing literature reviews, data entry, cleaning, and analysis of community intercept surveys.
A poster abstract was submitted to the Latino Health Equity Conference 2016 in California State University, Long Beach and was accepted to present findings for research questions for the Es Tiempo campaign. Presenting the Es Tiempo poster in the student forum at the Latino Health Equity Conference made me realize the depth of health disparities involving vulnerable Hispanic/Latino populations. The Hispanic/Latino population is the fastest growing minority in the United States and much work is needed to achieve health equity.
As a recent graduate from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Public Health, I am truly blessed to have this experience to be a stepping stone to my future career. Throughout my internship, I have gained skills in writing, data entry, data cleaning, data coding, and data analysis. I could not have done it without the guidance from USC faculty.