Student Information

Student Name

Sybil Smith



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Internship Information

Company/Organization: Bergen County Department of Health Services

Mentor(s):Ellen Taner

Topic of Internship

Health Promotions

Background Information

Bergen County Department of Health Serviceís Office of Health Promotions addresses the essential public health services by informing, educating and empowering people about health issues, linking people to needed personal health services, and mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. Health Promotions is responsible for conducting a health education program for fulfilling health education functions in a variety of programs. The office also provides guidance and technical skill to the Partnership for Community Health, manages the Health Promotion Resource Center, increases public awareness and education through a variety of channels, and coordinates participation in countywide events. The Department of Health Services has accomplished many things in the past and will continue to do so in the future. They have distributed 60,656 educational materials, conducted over 450 site visits, provided outreach and education to over 8,777 women and men on breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer, reached students in 6 towns with nutrition and fitness activities, expanded services of the Health Promotion Resource Center, and provided professional leadership and facilitation to the Partnership for Community Health.

Summary of Internship

As an intern at the Bergen County Department of Health Services, I have experienced many things that taught me a great deal I can use in my future decisions. My mentor Mrs. Ellen Taner has given me the opportunity to learn all of the ins and outs of health promoting. I was apart of the National Aids Awareness Day, which included a visit to BogotŠ High school for the purpose of getting students from grades 7 and up to sign pledges saying that they would never smoke. I worked with the computer program Excel to document people who are a part of my mentorsí program Children in the Middle. I made posters and brochures to promote some of the health activities that were organized by other people in health promotions; I also attended business meetings, which exposed me to another part of the business world. From these great opportunities I learned a great deal. One of the biggest and most important lessons I learned is to be interested in what I want to do and to make sure that everything is done perfect because itís important to leave a good impression in the business world. Attending this internship every Thursday exposed me to the business world. Since my field of interest is criminal justice, Iíve learned that organizational skills and communications skills are essential to any business practice.

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