SBS Students Share Their Research Experience

Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. I had the opportunity to intern in the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases department.

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Geneva, Switzerland

Here, I am sitting at my desk. The best part about this placement was the room of amazing interns! It wasn’t long before we became a close family who organized picnics and trips to the beach throughout the summer.

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Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Here, I am at the Palace of the United Nations. It is absolutely stunning!

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Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations has 193 member states. The display of all the flags provides a picture perfect moment!

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Geneva, Switzerland

A classic hot spot in Geneva is the Jet D’eau or the Jet, which is located at Lake Geneva. It was always a beautiful site to see!

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Geneva, Switzerland

Here, I am with my fellow interns at Dr. Margaret Chan’s, former Director General of WHO, farewell party.

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Geneva, Switzerland

I am sitting in the Executive Board Room at the WHO. In this room, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new Director General of WHO, give his welcome address to all regional offices.

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Geneva, Switzerland

The lake was the center of Geneva. It was the perfect spot for interns to meet up after a long day at work.

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Geneva, Switzerland

During the internship, I traveled to some of the other parts of Switzerland. Here is a picture of the mountainous areas of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Beautiful hiking location!

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Geneva, Switzerland

I couldn’t leave Switzerland without trying the fondue. Swiss cheese lived up to the hype!

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New Haven, CT

I volunteered at the Fair Haven Strong Community Fair which was organized in collaboration with the MOMS Partnership. This was an outreach event designed to inform the community about our work and the services we provide. I was responsible for playing games with the children, including “Pin the Goggles on the Minion.”

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New Haven, CT

One of my weekly responsibilities was testing the sensors that participants use to conduct their breath tests remotely. It was important to monitor these sensors, as they measured carbon monoxide on a participant’s breath (a byproduct of smoking). Having accurate sensors was important as the readings from these sensors determined if participants would get paid for having a negative breath test (i.e. for not smoking).

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New Haven, CT

In the middle of July, I conducted a focus group with one of the other MoMba Live Long team members. Part of the focus group involved getting feedback on different parts of the app, so we designed posters reminiscent of the app and participants put stickers on these posters to indicate their satisfaction with different parts. In this picture, I am setting up the room for the focus group.

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New Haven, CT

These are some of the members of the MoMba Live Long team after a successful focus group. From left to right: Ruth, Brandon, Kim, Cerella, Ana and me.

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New Haven, CT

Ana and I worked together on several projects this summer, including running visits for control participants in our intervention and writing a paper. In this picture, we are at a MoMba Live Long “testing party.” The developers of the app released a new version of our app, and we had to systematically test all its components to make sure it was working correctly.

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New Haven, CT, USA

With the new version of the app, the developers gave us the capacity to use multiple kinds of sensors to test for carbon monoxide on a participant’s breath. In this photo, I am testing the functionality of the app and how it works with the new sensor.

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New Haven, CT

My work product for the end of the internship was a transcript of the audio from our focus group session. I was responsible for transcribing the audio and organizing it into a word document for the rest of the MoMba Live Long team. The feedback in this document will be used to make modifications and improvements to the app and intervention.

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New Haven, CT

I also put my SAS skills to work this summer, as I had the opportunity to evaluate the fidelity of several of the programs going on at the MOMS Partnership. I worked with the data manager to discuss statistical tests and produce internal reports that were presented at team meetings.

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New Haven, CT

On the weekends, I did my best to explore New Haven and the surrounding areas. One weekend, I hiked with my boyfriend up to the top of Anthony’s Nose, which is a steep, 2.5-mile trail loop on the Appalachian Trail. The summit overlooks this beautiful and serene spot on the Hudson River Valley in New York State.

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New Haven, CT

This banner hangs in one of the MOMS Partnership offices at Temple Medical Center, at a site where many mothers from the community come in to receive our services. I like this banner because it is a colorful reminder of the mission of the MOMS Partnership and exemplifies the warm and welcoming environment that I got to be a part of this summer.

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San Francisco, California

Facilitating the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" panel at the Strut Gay, Bi, and Trans Men's clinic that I coordinated as part of my internship.

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San Francisco, California

I am facilitating the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" Panel.

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San Francisco, California

Photo with my panelists and TransLife founders.

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San Francisco, California

"What's the T: Transmasculine Services of the Bay" panelists

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San Francisco, California

With Strut Clinic Director and PrEP activist.

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San Francisco, California

With a fellow staff member of the SF AIDS Foundation. A photo of us prior to hosting the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" health panel at Strut Gay, Bi, and Trans Men's Clinic.

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San Francisco, California

At Trans March in SF, supporting the #hiretrans campaign

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San Francisco, California

At the Translife skate night community event.

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San Francisco, California

At San Francisco Pride with friends, where I also did participant recruitment for my research.

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New Orleans

During my time off from my internship I also traveled with my partner. Photo of us in New Orleans.

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León, Nicaragua

A qualitative interview with an HIV patient who is also the leader of the clinic’s HIV patient advocacy group.

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León, Nicaragua

In front of the HIV clinic’s posters. The one I’m holding says, “Before pointing out and discriminating, your finger should point towards solidarity towards those people who live with HIV/AIDS”. I quickly realized that stigma against HIV positive individuals is a big problem in Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

Every morning I was greeted by this colorful mural outside of the local hospital. The mural is titled, "HIV/AIDS affects the whole world...Protect Yourself to Prevent This." I am pointing to the most important message of the mural: "Get Tested Today!"

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León, Nicaragua

First day at work! My team and I are showing off our colorful scrubs. I am holding up a bag of rice because our participants were at first compensated with food packages that included rice, beans and oil. Imagine carrying these heavy packages in 95 degree weather!

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León, Nicaragua

After our first successful health education class with our youngsters.

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León, Nicaragua

Having fun on the top of Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua, the largest cathedral in Central America.

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León, Nicaragua

Relaxing while showing my YSPH pride on top of the Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

Representing YSPH in front of a beautiful waterfall in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

This summer I witnessed the most incredible sunsets in my life. This one occurred after a short rainstorm in one of the beaches in León, Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

You can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua, the largest cathedral in Central America.

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Washington, D.C.

Center for Science in the Public Interest founder Michael Jacobson presents at the annual Soda Summit, organized around reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Marion Nestle, NYU Professor of Nutrition and author, attends CSPI’s Soda Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy presents at CSPI’s Soda Summit on the harms of consuming liquid sugar.

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Washington, D.C.

Wangari Gardens, named after Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, in Washington, D.C. is a community garden providing free, fresh produce to community members.

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A disabled plot holder, Grace Kelly, with a number of chronic conditions has improved her health by spending time at the gardens with an accessible garden plot.

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Washington, D.C.

Picking fresh produce grown at Wangari Gardens

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Washington, D.C.

A local teacher brings community children to the gardens to learn about health and the environment.

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Washington, D.C.

Wangari Gardens maintains an outdoor classroom where community members attend workshops on a variety of gardening topics, such as pest management and beekeeping.

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Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit, DC Water, runs a test plot at Wangari Gardens using recycled biosolids as compost.

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Washington, D.C.

DC Water’s test plot shows strong growth with recycled biosolids compost over the summer growing season.

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Recent Internships

Pan American Health Organization Regional Office of the World Health Organization US
D’amours Step N/A Uganda
Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action Child health and nutrition  India
University of St. Andrews  Domestic Violence Intervention United Kingdom
United Nations Population Fund Barabados Council for the Disabled Barbados
New York City Department ofHealth and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)  Policy and External Affairs Division US
American University of Beirut  Faculty of Health Sciences Lebanon
Yale School of Public Health Chronic Disease Epidemiology US
Advancing Relationships and Community Health (ARCH) Yale School of Public Health US
Maine Center for Disease Control Division of Population US
Fundación Española De La Nutrición  Analysis Department Spain
Global Health Leadership N/A
PERSIST Health Project Research US
Yale School of Medicine Internal Medicine US
Yale Global Health Leadership Institute  Uganda Conference Fellow Uganda
Community Alliance for Research & Engagement (CARE)       N/A US
Stanford University Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory, US
CIRA/CARE Teen pregnancy prevention in Hartford, CT  US
Care Vision UK N/A United Kingdom
Fundación VIHDA  N/A Ecuador
Smilow Cancer Center/YNHH US
March of Dimes Florida Division US
Southwestern Area Health Education Center US
Yale University/ University of Malaya’s Center for Excellence in Research on AIDS  Downs Research Malaysia
US Det. Of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services US
Independent Research/Dr. Nathan Hansen Liberia
Mental Health America Public Education US
Planned Parenthood Teen Talks Para Latinos US
Integrated Refugee Settlement Services Wellnes Program US
National Center for Tumors (NCT) Preventive Oncology Germany
Belaku Trust Maternal and Child Health India
University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) & Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVA) Psychiatry (UIC); Mental Health Service Line (JBVA) US
Leeway Inc. US