CCPA Summer Series 2019: Riverside Early Intervention

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Riverside Early Intervention

By Rachel Spitzer As an intern at Riverside Early Intervention, funded by the Gertrude Heller Memorial Grant, I work with children who are 0-3 years old and have developmental delays. Support for these children can include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry, and/or work with developmental specialists. As a result of the varied disciplines involved in providing comprehensive care for families and their children, I get the opportunity to learn about treatment from many perspectives. For each individual child, I get to see how multiple specialties combine to support their development holistically. My days consist of a mix of assisting in group play sessions, attending staff meetings, and observing therapy sessions for children in their homes. Group sessions are my opportunity to engage most directly with the kids in the program, and they are how I start each morning. Although Riverside Early Intervention serves children from birth, most groups include only toddlers between 18 months and 3 years old. Some groups run with caregivers participating in the room, and others are for children only so that they can practice separating from caregivers. We specifically encourage the toddlers to engage with each other, use words to communicate, and follow directions during transitions and structured circle times. Sometimes the children can easily accomplish these goals, but most of them have significant barriers to understanding how to participate effectively in group play. Many have Autism Spectrum Disorder, global developmental delays, speech delays, motor impairments, or other neurological disorders that impact their functioning. The play group program at Riverside Early Intervention aims to help these children integrate into structured social...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Garden Court Chambers

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Garden Court Chambers

Pictured: A photo taken by Susan Wright of herself and Molly Biddle, after finishing her closing speech of a money laundering trial.   By Molly Biddle   Earlier this year in February, I had the opportunity to travel to the Chelmsford Crown Court in East England to witness the sentencing of the Stansted 15, a group of protestors who had been accused essentially of terrorism offences after preventing the deportation of immigrants.  This was my first chance to see the English criminal justice system personally.  I had been invited to the hearing as the guest of Susan Wright, a barrister from London who was advocating on behalf of one of the protestors. After this opportunity, I reached out to Ms. Wright, hoping that she might take me on for a period over the summer.  She very graciously agreed, and due to the generosity of Haverford’s CCPA and the Deborah Lafer-Scher International Internship, I was able to stay in the UK for six more weeks—having already spent the year studying abroad in the country. This is the beginning of my fourth week working as a ‘mini-pupil’ with Ms. Wright, and I must say that it has been an incredible experience.  This is largely due to the consideration demonstrated by Ms. Wright.  Ms. Wright acted as a defense attorney in the United States for many years before relocating to Europe.  She also notably represented one of the first people to be accused by the war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone and acted as Head of Rule of Law for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia in addition to holding...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health

CCPA Summer Series 2019: AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health

By Lillian Alonzo I currently work at the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health. I work within the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII) as a part of the Office of the Medical Director (OMD). Every day I work to help further end health disparities through the ECHO Collaborative, a HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program initiative focused on increasing viral suppression in four subpopulations identified as having the greatest disparities in viral suppression. These subpopulations are MSM of color, Youth, Black/African-American and Latino women, and Transgender people. The CQII’s role within the AIDS Institute is to help the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s structure and implement quality improvement projects. Such projects can include, but are not limited to, care continuity, addressing and combating stigma within partnered clinics, and helping set up diversity training for health providers and their staff. While working with CQII, I engage in projects aiming to improve the process and quality of care received by the before stated subpopulations around the country. Through regular meetings with health providers, quality improvement coaches, and people living with HIV (PLWH), I have been able to learn about the intersection of quality improvement, medical care, and technological innovation. The Collaborative will inform clinics around the nation, and possibly the globe, on how to utilize telecommunication for quality improvement in regards to healthcare. Some projects I am currently in charge of are drafting a manuscript about the Collaborative and its successes for future publishing, a Change Package consisting of all the initiatives enacted by community partners and health providers within the Collaborative, and a collection of best...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

By Devi Namboodiri Hey! I am Devi Namboodiri, she/her/hers, and I am a rising junior. In this blog, I’ll go over my internship details and at the end, show in a video how to take some vital signs! This summer, I am very grateful for the sponsorship of the Jaharis Scholarship. Through this funding, I am working at a free clinic in Dayton, Ohio called ReachOut of Montgomery County.  ReachOut does vital work in the community: many people come in seeking more affordable health care which can be hard to find. I joined ReachOut because I wanted to become a part of the process to help people in need feel better. There are many nurses, doctors, pharmacists and training professionals who come volunteer their time for this same cause.    As a pre-med volunteer, I still get to do a lot in the clinic. Our shifts are generally 5 hours at a time, which are during the walk-in hours of the clinic. The first, longer part of the shift is my favorite: triaging. This is a process where the clinic assesses the relative urgencies of treatment for the patients that come for walk-in appointments. This is done differently if the patient is new or returning. For new patients and returning patients that have not come for about a year, the first step is taking the medical histories and records. This is to inform the clinic of any chronic diseases and current medication that might cause complications or cause worse symptoms if left untreated. Next, we evaluate the chief complaint: the reason or reasons for the visit. Next, some measures of a...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: National Museum of American Jewish History

CCPA Summer Series 2019: National Museum of American Jewish History

By David Ly As a potential Classics major, I wanted to explore the different career possibilities that were available to me but unfortunately, there weren’t many. Most of the careers available to Classics majors were somewhere in museums and libraries. Thus when I was searching for an internship, I was looking for something that would give me some experience in those two fields. Luckily, I was able to discover a summer internship at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) on Handshake. I applied right away and after a long-staking interview process, I secured an internship in the Development Department of the museum. It was a very exciting opportunity and I was looking forward to learning a lot about careers in museums. The staff and interns at NMAJH were wonderful people. Everyone was so welcoming to each other. I really appreciated how everyone was willing to make some time in their busy day to sit and talk to me about their career. My job as a Development Intern at NMAJH was a very peaceful job. Many of my tasks involved researching potential donors to the museum and building a profile around them to submit to my boss. I was also assigned to write out letters to prominent people in Philadelphia. For example, during my internship, NMAJH was preparing an exhibition for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Often known as the “Notorious RBG”, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is best known as a renowned activist who helped launch the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in addition to being one of the first women to be appointed Supreme...