Reflecting on the Summer in Black Hawk County

by Maddie Kemp

As I near the end of my time working at Black Hawk County Public Health, I can’t help but think about my experience overall and the wealth of knowledge I have gained. I am so glad I was able to come back to my hometown for the summer and get a better understanding of how public health operates at a local level.

The last few weeks have been spent creating documents for employees to refer to throughout the remainder of the MAPP process. These documents serve as a quick way to access information regarding MAPP and other assessments that are taking place in the department. More recently, I attended a community health fair and gathered responses for the community survey. It was fun and interesting interacting with individuals and hearing their concerns. You could tell that everyone was willing to participate and took time to think about the prompt. In all, there were 104 individuals who took part in the community survey. The next step is to evaluate the responses and identify any trends from previous community events in which surveys were distributed.

Overall, my time at the health department has been positive. I was able to spend time with different employees in their respective fields and create meaningful relationships with the employees, all the while learning and expanding my understanding of public health.

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