CCPA Summer Series 2019: Valerie Wilson Travel

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Valerie Wilson Travel

By Cayley Montoya ’20 Thanks to the Whitehead Internship Program, I am able to intern this summer at a travel agency called Valerie Wilson Travel. I have spent the last thirteen weeks living and working in New York City at the woman-owned, family-run business. Though I am working in the leisure department – focusing on vacations – the company also specializes in corporate travel as well as meetings and events. While I have a passion for travel, and after thirteen weeks in the business, an extensive bucket list, I was very unfamiliar with travel as an industry before applying to Whitehead. Most of my work comes from the travel advisors in my department on a need basis, therefore it is usually given to me in the moment and to be completed soon, rather than long term projects. Unlike in the corporate department, leisure travel does not require as immediate planning, and there are usually many months that go into developing a trip. The first stage of planning involves research on various destinations if the client is not set on a specific place, or on one destination to make sure it is a good time of year to visit. Once the location is set, I compare hotels, and then the advisor begins to look into flights and tours. Because our agency focuses on luxury travel, our clients usually ask for customized and privatized tours. After all the details are decided, I build the itinerary on a platform called AXUS, which once the itinerary is uploaded, the clients can access on their phone on the VWTraveler app. The most crucial advice...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: HealthPoint

CCPA Summer Series 2019: HealthPoint

By Harika Dabbara This summer I am working at HealthPoint through the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Internship. HealthPoint is a non-profit community health center geared towards providing healthcare to all members of the community with an emphasis on providing care to underserved communities in the area. As a pre-med student interested in community health, and having learned about various social determinants of health in my classes at Haverford, I wanted to spend the summer gaining firsthand experience of how these factors affect patients in a medical setting. I was particularly interested in working at HealthPoint because of their emphasis on providing holistic care. Their approach to health care goes beyond addressing biomedical factors affecting a patients’ health, but also addresses the unique social, cultural and behavioral factors that play a role in health outcomes. Patients are encouraged to work with providers outside of their primary care provider to help address arrive at a diagnosis. Visits often involve a nutritionist and behavioral health specialist in addition to the primary care provider, to help patients create a care plan considering the various factors that affect their health. In addition to providing holistic care to their patients, HealthPoint strives to make care accessible to the community by helping patients cover their medical costs through obtaining the proper health insurance as well as enrolling in various public and private aid programs. I think that these measures are critical to providing proper care to all patients and was really excited to become a part of an organization that values supporting patients on beyond the biomedical factors affecting them. On a day to day basis, I...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Philadelphia Citizen

CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Philadelphia Citizen

By Elizabeth Warner This summer I had the privilege of interning for The Philadelphia Citizen. The Citizen is an online media organization that focuses on providing both deeply reported, solutions based journalism, and civically minded events for the community. I am the Civic Impact, Events, and Programming Intern that focuses on the civically minded events. This summer we had many events which included a conversation between Ali Velshi and Richard Vague, and a happy hour networking event for women in Philly. A big project that I worked on is a day-long festival called Ideas We Should Steal. The festival focuses on highlighting good ideas working in other cities, that we should bring to Philly. I worked on finding people to invite for panels and TED style talks. The event will be on December 10th and I am excited to continue working on the event through the school year. I was also able to write stories for The Citizen. We publish a weekly article called, “Do Something” where we highlight cool things happening in Philly for our readers. That was a fun way to research events and explore the city in the summer. For my other articles, I was able to interview interesting people doing good things in the city. Some articles I worked on featured a Philly couple that runs a summer camp for kids that do not thrive in traditional camp settings, another article focused on an Iranian immigrant that sells art in Reading Terminal Market. The Citizen focuses on solutions journalism that provides agency to community members and works to highlight problems in our community, while still...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)

By Eliza Brosgol This summer, I spent ten weeks working as a data and research intern for the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) through the Whitehead Internship Program. HCIF is an independent nonprofit organization in center-city Philadelphia drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement initiatives. The organization works to fulfill the needs of patients and consumers, and to achieve better health care. On a day-to-day basis this means that HCIF serves as a facilitator among collaborating individuals, companies, hospitals, and health systems for the projects of which it is a part. Each of the initiatives falls under one of two branches within the organization: clinical improvement or population health. At HCIF, I worked mostly with the clinical improvement team. I spent my time working on two projects:  CPR Ready and the Pennsylvania Urology Regional Collaborative (PURC). CPR Ready is a Philadelphia area campaign that strives to increase bystander response and cardiac arrest survival rates. My work for CPR Ready included taking notes during coalition meetings, assisting with hands-only CPR during sessions, and communicating with organizations that were interested in arranging a CPR training. At the beginning of the summer, I had the opportunity to do research on CPR Ready’s partners and write an article, that was published, about the mission of the campaign and the success that it has achieved thus far! PURC is a quality improvement initiative that brings together urology practices in a physician-led, data-sharing collaborative aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer. My favorite part of my work with PURC was building, disseminating, and analyzing the...
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...