Interning at NIRH has been very beneficial in creating a strong network of public health professionals in the field of Sexual and Reproductive health. The AHCCP Program has also defined a larger component of public health initiatives that create larger opportunities for teens. As the program completes it’s deliverables for the FY 2011-12, I will continue to provide administrative support for the evaluation piece. However, when FY 2012-13 beings in July, I will be in charge of a large portion of data collection and evaluation. I hope to gain more polished skills in data collection, entry, and evaluations. I also hope to learn how to manage excel databases and collective both qualitative and quantatative data for the AHCCP piece.
I want to be competent in research and literature reviews. As well as, be able to accurately and concussively report on collective information and present it in a legible format. These skills will allow me to be a more component and well-round public health professional. Data and evaluation are pivotal when implementing certain programs or interventions for you are expecting to follow-up with your initiatives and see if they have actually worked or not. In order to precise and knowledgeable in this area of program planning, these skills must be developed and used at various points in your career.
At NIRH, I hope this experience will further develop my skills and create opportunities for external networking.