Podcast with Student Natasha Hansen on Her Internship Experience in Guatemala

by Camelia Singletary, MPH


JPHMP presents Public Health Perspectives, a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce. We will explore the narratives of public health care professionals and gain insight on career paths that shape the profession. 

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On this episode of Public Health Perspectives, Natasha Hansen, a student at Saint Louis University, talks about her internship experience for the PAHO/WHO Guatemala Country Office. During the internship, she not only participated in meetings and workshops to improve health throughout the region, but she also wrote a CERF emergency fund grant. As she is fluent in Spanish, she worked closely with (and served as a translator for) Dr. Peter Baxter, a specialist focusing on the health impacts of volcanic eruptions. Additionally, she aided in evaluation planning activities for a rabies vaccination campaign.

Natasha Hansen is a MPH graduate student graduating in May 2019. She has worked as Research Assistant at Saint Louis University, an intern at PAHO, and at community non-profits in Central America. She is passionate about global health, infectious diseases, and reproductive health. She grew up in Chicago and since has lived across the midwest and Central America. After graduation, she is hoping to move to Washington DC. In her free time, she can be found on the yoga mat or baking some treats for her friends. 

Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson. Listen to the complete album here. Cover art by Shawna Arnold.

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Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.

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