Dartmouth Institute MPH Internships Address Key Issues in Healthcare
As The Dartmouth Institute looks forward to graduating the Class of 2022 in its online/hybrid MPH program this spring, it is proud to recognize the accomplishments of this talented group of healthcare leaders—who have successfully completed their field internships while maintaining their busy professional lives and working through another year of the pandemic.
Below, read about how three students have been applying their practicum experience to address some of the most pressing issues in healthcare and how their MPH training is informing their career goals.
Teammate Social Impact—Improving Employee Wellbeing in a Large Healthcare System
Nahshon Deering MPH’22
Nahshon Deering’s practicum work is centered on community health strategies that better provide for underserved populations.
As a facilities management group specialist at Atrium Health, a large health system based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Deering had the opportunity to use his workplace as his internship setting. For his project, he partnered with the newly formed social impact team housed in Atrium Health’s community health department.
To help meet Atrium’s mission of providing health, hope, and healing for all people within its region, Deering and his colleagues first focused on Atrium Health’s own employee population. They conducted a wellbeing survey with 490 teammates to assess their immediate social, mental, and professional wellbeing needs.
“The results opened our eyes to many of the social determinants that affect our teammates,” says Deering. “For example, 53 percent of teammates reported worrying about running out of food with no money to buy more. We were also able to collect data on the location of many of the neediest teammates along with a measure of their household income. We then divided the team into four subgroups to address the findings.”
The group’s activities and accomplishments included: evaluating current Atrium Health policy to provide recommendations on changes that would better benefit teammates; launching a “Help Now” platform that provides access to local crisis assistance, food pantries, and housing support and education; and expanding Atriums “Community Resource Hub" that allows teammates to enter their zip code to access social service programs.
The group anticipates that its ongoing work will enhance the wellbeing of teammates to improve their quality of life and plans to expand on its efforts to include the community of Charlotte.
In the future, Deering hopes to apply what he’s learned to improve quality, access, and overall awareness of health disparities as a healthcare administrator. “I look forward to changing the landscape of healthcare for the better,” he says.
Assessing the Value of Integrated Specialty Care Through Clinical, Financial, and Operational Outcomes
Julianna Maisano MPH’22
Qualitative Analysis of Systemic Drivers of Burnout and Wellbeing Among Oncology Professions at D-HH’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Sasha Yanes MPH’22
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