Building a health program from start to finish is a dream job for most health and wellness professionals. Sandy Brown ’16, Merrimack graduate with a Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management lived the dream through a graduate internship at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Atrius Health in Watertown, MA.
Through the internship, which which was the center of her graduate program, Sandy assisted on a variety of projects, including getting a program up and running for patients who want to explore end of life issues; creating and executing a ‘Call Us First’ campaign for elders and family members to avoid Emergency Department visits, marketing and promotion, and helping with a program to support Watertown’s 5K marathon in April. All programs were being created from the ground up - none of them currently existed.
“As a future health management professional, the creation of health promotion programs will be the foundation of my work,” says Sandy. “End of life care takes a passionate, kind and gentle approach and being able to hone those skills and abilities will only make me a more well-rounded health and wellness professional. Now that my internship is over, hopefully the programs I help create will continue to evolve.”
Sandy also had a hands-on role in developing an improved operation system for health-related information by utilizing Harvard Vanguard’s existing state-of-the-art medical record system. She worked closely with the internal medicine champion clinicians and the site leadership team at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Atrius Health.
“This internship gave me great experience using methods of outreach and implementation of community programs, as well as measurement and analysis standards to apply to my future work,” says Sandy. “I was very excited both professionally and academically to gain a greater understanding for the management and planning involved in creating a health promotion program. I was open to any type of experience that is presented to me during this internship, and I’m optimistic that I will benefit from it all.”