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Field Placements and Collaborative Projects Give Students Real World Experience

Twelve public health students from around the region recently completed their field placements and collaborative projects through the Northwest Public Health Training Center at NWCPHP. Funding is now available for similar projects during the 2016-17 school year.
Field Placements and Collaborative Projects Give Students Real World Experience

Hannah Frenkel (right) working on her field placement project with teachers from First B.A.S.E.

Twelve public health students from around the region recently completed their field placements and collaborative projects through the Northwest Public Health Training Center at NWCPHP. Funding is now available for similar projects during the 2016–17 school year.

September 15, 2016

Twelve public health students from around the region recently completed their field placements and collaborative projects. These projects, funded through the Northwest Public Health Training Center at NWCPHP, gave students real-world experience in public health settings, as well as the chance to apply theory and lessons learned from the classroom.

“This opportunity has allowed me to gain hands on experience in research design, and has taught me the importance of building collaborations with stakeholders,” said Hannah Frenkel, a recipient of funding in 2015–16. “A critical part of this project was to conduct key informant interviews with preschool directors and others involved in preschooler health, and to learn about how illness and injury tracking is currently being conducted at preschools in Seattle, Washington.”

For her field placement project, Hannah developed a study to observe the health of preschool students at an outdoor school versus indoor schools. Working with an outdoor preschool called Tiny Trees Preschool, and her mentor, Pooja Tandon, a Pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Hannah designed her study to compare the children’s sick days and measures of social and behavioral development at the different preschool settings.

“My hope is that this project will provide a framework for conducting larger scale studies that compare the health of children at outdoor versus indoor preschools as well as some preliminary findings on the health of children at these preschool settings,” said Hannah. “The project outcomes may also help facilitate the conversation about how much exposure to the outdoors children should have in traditional preschool settings, as well as the general benefits of time spent outdoors.”

To view more field placement and collaborative project examples, visit our 2015–16 student projects page.

Funding is now available for similar projects during the 2016–17 school year. Stipends are available to graduate public health students in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon, with proposals being funded up to $1,500. Certain practicum experiences and capstone projects may qualify for funding; see the criteria below for more information.

Procedures and Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted through the first two weeks of the quarter. Students will be funded for the quarter in which they can complete the bulk of their project. Visit the Northwest Public Health Training Center for more details.

To Apply

  1. Compile your application packet with the following (you should have all of these pieces ready before submitting your application):
    • A completed application form
    • 1–2 page résumé or CV
    • A project plan including methods, timeline of tasks, and deliverables
    • A budget including summary, key personnel, and other necessary resources

To request sample project plans and budgets, or to learn more, contact Luann D'Ambrosio, MEd, NWCPHP Associate Director at . Proposals will be evaluated based on public health practice focus, attention to underserved areas and populations, and feasibility.

The Northwest Public Health Training Center is housed within the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health. It is one of ten regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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