Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
As an aspiring clinician with an interest in public health policy, Rowan wanted to work at Preble Street “not only because I was deeply impressed by my experience meeting members of the initiative over my [Alternative Winter Break trip], but also because it will expand my knowledge of some of the issues public health officials face regularly.” She received the opportunity to intern with the Maine Hunger Initiative (MHI) at Preble Street, a nonprofit program that provides services and advocacy for those struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty.
Rowan staffed Preble Street’s Summer Meal Site, where she “helped feed and provide enrichment for kids in their own communities.” Rowan also conducted community outreach to create a focus group on hunger in Maine, contacting community members who use food pantries and developing questions based on their concerns. She also planned a conference presentation for MHI staff. She participated in meetings with conference directors, researched the topic, connected with potential speakers, and created slideshow presentations and fact sheets for use at the conference.
“As someone who has in the past worked primarily in laboratory environments, getting the chance to work in a non-profit organization was…a very exciting but also very scary challenge. However, it is a challenge I am extremely glad I took.” Through her work at MHI, Rowan quickly discovered her interest in the intersection between clinical medicine and public health. “This summer made me want to pursue medicine so I can be a doctor who can navigate through all the factors that contribute to someone’s health and wellbeing. After this summer, I definitely would like to pursue a career in public health that intersects with the world of anti-hunger advocacy.”
- Date July 19, 2016
- Tags 2016, Education, Healthcare, Preston, Sophomore, USA