Internship Bloggers 2014

Lora Campredon

LPCHeadshot_ParisLora is an MPH student in Epidemiology-International Health, doing her internship in Hatyai, Thailand. This summer she will examine dengue and chikungunya, their interactions with climate factors, the Aedes mosquito vector, and with each other using mathematical modeling. In 2013, Thailand experienced its largest dengue outbreak ever. Chikungunya is emerging and moving up the Thai peninsula, even as it spreads to other, previously unaffected, regions of the world. Lora is interested in using her biomedical engineering background and MPH to address complex health problems on an international scale, with a focus on infectious diseases.


Jacqueline Dufek

IMG_5330Jacqueline will  be a 2nd year Master’s student in the Health Behavior and Health Education Department. She practiced as a nurse for about 5 years before returning to school. Her passion is children, and empowering them to be the best they can be in whatever circumstances they may be in. Her summer internship is in Seattle, WA where she is working with Green Plate Special, a non-profit that focuses on teaching middle school youth (many of which who are low income) how to plant, harvest, prepare and cook healthful foods, and the importance of nutrition. She will be helping with developing and leading programming, as well as learning how a non-profit works.


Kate Helmick

KKHelmick_picate is an Atlanta, GA native and second-year MPH student in Environmental Quality and Health at the University of Michigan School Public Health. Combining her passion for ecology, complex systems, and human health, her current research interests include the health effects of air pollution, water pollution, and global environmental health issues. Kate is interning this summer with the Epidemiology Unit of Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, where she is assisting with a research study examining the relationships between chronic arsenic exposure, epigenetic changes, and arsenical skin lesions in the population of Ronphibun, a historic mining subdistrict in south Thailand.


Michelle Long

Michelle LongMichelle is a second year in the Environmental Quality and Health subplan in EHS. She is  interested in water quality issues, especially in developing countries, and will be doing her internship in Lima, Peru, working on a water quality project. She is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and her undergrad was at Michigan State University in Biology. Go Green! She was an intern for Feeding America West Michigan on the Hunger in America 2014 Study between graduation and starting at SPH.


Michelle Mabson

Mabson_HeadshotMichelle is a third-year dual-degree student studying in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Environmental Health Science programs at the University of Michigan. This summer, she will be traveling to both India and Mexico to complete research for her Master’s project and internship, respectively. In India, she is working for Kellogg’s, in order to make the business case for sustainable agriculture in Asia, specifically Thailand and India. In Mexico, she is working on a project entitled ‘The State of Children’s Environmental Health in Latin America’ at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


Sania Masoud

 IMG_1926Sania is studying nutrition at University of Michigan School of Public Health. She currently writes a food blog ( Forks & Spoons) on all things food related and is interning for the Public Health Foundation India for this present summer. During, her first semester of graduate school, Sania worked with the Hamilton Crossing Project to help improve dietary habits and health of the growing geriatric diabetic population in Yspilanti, Michigan. Here, she revamped recipes and created culturally sensitive meal plans. Prior to entering graduate school, Sania created a curriculum and  implemented a physiology course at the Franklin Institute to help better educate high school students on how to care for their bodies and has taken part in research initiatives at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and UNC School of Medicine. Sania is a graduate of North Carolina State University and University of Pennsylvania. 

Jamaica Robinson

SepiaJamaica Robinson is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology. Her interests include using complex systems to look at neighborhood-level health determinants and promoting good, interdisciplinary science. She is interning this summer with the HIV Surveillance Team at the Michigan Department of Community Health – which basically means that she spends most of her week manipulating data and loving every minute. She is currently working on a migration analysis of HIV positive persons who live or lived in Detroit at some point in the last decade.  In her spare time (summer includes that, right?)  she enjoys drinking tea, cooking veggie-ful meals with friends, and walking around cities while listening to comedy podcasts.

Elise Tolbert

IMG_20130807_164304_133-1Elise is a second year MPH student in the Environmental Quality and Health sub-plan of EHS. She is interested in studying environmental exposures that disproportionally burden specific populations in hopes of alleviating those burdens. This summer she is interning with the MHIRT program in Mongolia. She is assisting with research aimed at assessing arsenic and uranium exposure via drinking water.  Mining activities have played a significant role in contaminating drinking water. Because of the scarcity of water in Mongolia this is a major problem. It is hoped that this research will prompt policy makers and international health organizations to seriously explore the issue to develop solutions.

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