It’s hard to believe
it is almost finals week and the end of the fall semester. The Thanksgiving
break serves as a great chance to recharge, prepare and have fun before the end
of a busy semester!
Here are a few tips to
keep in mind when going home for Thanksgiving break:
Take this time to review your
schedule for next semester and see if any classes you are interested in have
open spots! Choosing a class that will fulfill you rather than just fulfill a
requirement can help soothe the soul.
Connect with alums using UVM
Connect! This resource will allow you to connect with UVM alumni who have similar
career interests. Use the time this week to reach out to potential mentors who
are happy to connect with you to learn more about a chosen field.
Create or polish your resume!
With the start of a new semester you probably have an interest to apply to opportunities
for the summer and/or fall, so using this time is a great way to get ahead on
preparing for that search. For assistance, check out the Career Center’s Resume
Module at go.uvm.edu/ccbb for further instruction on creating a strong resume.
time to relax and take care of yourself- whatever that means for you. Whether
that’s cozying up with your favorite Netflix show, grabbing brunch with some
friends, traveling to see family, or maybe a combination of the three.
Thanksgiving break allows us to have a week off with no class obligations. So, if you can balance this time away by preparing yourself for the end of the semester, having fun, and taking time to rest you’ll return to UVM ready to close out 2019 feeling strong.
Julia Carlson, Exploring Interest Group Peer Leader
Daniel Morgan, BA: Zoning Administrator/Public Health Officer for Charlotte, recent graduate of UVM
Stephanie Busch, BS A-EMT: Injury Prevention Manager at State of VT Dept of Health working in emergency preparedness, injury prevention, and EMS
Jillian Leikauskas, MPH: Substance Abuse Program Evaluator at VT Dept of Health, alcohol and drug abuse program evaluator and grant manager
Jenney Samuelson, MS: Deputy Commissioner at Dept of VT Health, working with Medicaid, health reform, and the intersect between value-based payments and population health
Sally Kerschner, RN MSN: President of the Vermont Public Health Association, Vermont Department of Health nurse working in maternal and child health
Jan Carney, MD MPH: Associate Dean for Public Health, UVM College of Medicine, teaching public health and policy, previous health commissioner of Vermont
How did you come across and find your passion in the field of
Daniel: Healthcare is a
public right and a human right and I think that’s really what got me
Stephanie: My undergraduate degree was
in biology, chemistry, and anthropology. For me, those circles didn’t really
fit my world model and public health is the Venn diagram for those components
but also how our environment and our culture all impact our life and our
Jillian: I started out at UVM as an undergrad in medical laboratory science working with bacteria. When I graduated I became a microbiologist at the health department state lab and then I wanted to find out a little bit more about the people behind the bacteria and why they were sending in their specimens, so while I was working I started working on my MPH, I became an infectious disease epidemiologist at the department and then discovered a real love of data through that and the data that we use in infectious disease is really about solving outbreaks and doing surveillance and more descriptive data monitoring. I then moved on to doing program evaluation which is specifically evaluating a program and seeing if it is working or impacting the people that it is meant to serve – it’s a little bit more applied, which is why I like it.
Jenney: I went to
undergraduate here at UVM and after a few years I joined the nutritional
science program with the goal of becoming a dietician. As I graduated from here
and began entering my dietetic internship program I went out to Illinois and
there when I first started in graduate school. I started working in a community
education program which was a public health program at the university and
dually went into the nutrition program. I looked at the public health classes
and started enrolling because they were the most fascinating and interesting
between epidemiology and death education and kind of the comprehensive roles of
public health. From graduate school, I
went into college student health and then ended up going into a wellness
program in long-term care at a continuing care facility. While I was there, I
was really working on changing the systems. I came back to VT and began working
on how we can change the process of the socio-ecological model of how care is
provided, how we do prevention in communities, and I really found my passion in
doing that kind of system-level changes.
Sally: I’m a nurse and I
went to the University of Delaware many years ago and I kind of liked working
in the hospital but I didn’t know that I didn’t love it until I did my community
health work in Wilmington. We did a full semester of public health nursing in
lower-income areas in Wilmington, Delaware and once I started tramping the
streets I realized that’s what I really wanted to do. I think we all in public
health feel the direct connection to the public and to the community and that’s
what we’re trying to do here – we are trying to serve and help those with
economic, social, and health inequities. I then got my masters at UVM in
community health nursing, which is no longer offered here.
Jan: I’m trained as a physician, so I got my MD and did my residency in internal medicine so I’m an internist – doctor for adults – and then I took a course, and I thought oh this is cool science and practice of how you prevent disease. All the things I was taking care of in individual patients – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, for example – there was a science of how you could prevent some of that and that was a great feeling for me.
What do you think is the most pressing public health issue faced
in Vermont today?
Sally: Climate change
Jenney: Socioeconomic inequity
Jan: Chronic conditions
Stephanie: I’m not gonna argue with equity and housing and all of that.
Daniel: Basic access, gun control, venereal disease at the college level
Important Organizations/Further Resources
American Public Health Association
Vermont Public Health Association (internship opportunities)
United Way of Northwest VT and Howard Mental Health (volunteer opportunities)
Global health: NGOs, United Nations
CSTE: Council of State Territorial Epidemiologists (fellowship opportunity)
Internships – example: office of the chief medical examiner with Dr. Shapiro