Public Health

Public Health


The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health offers a variety of programs and services to ensure that all individuals can live a healthy life in our community.

Opportunities for Engagement:

The PHIL and PHIL+ training programs provide students with opportunities to learn about public health, grow personally and professionally, and give back to their community while responding to current community needs. Each student selected for this program will be placed into a given track within a division of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and assigned a staff on-site supervisor/mentor for the course of their program participation.

Please follow this link to read the full description for the following positions:

  • Disease Prevention and Epidemiology
  • Public Health Education
  • Clinical track
  • Virtual Communications & Design
  • Human Rights
  • Veterans
  • Environmental Health

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health?Visit here for your next steps.


American Lung Association LogoThe mission of the American Lung Associate is accomplished by investing in research, providing tools and resources to educate the public about lung disease, and advocating to protect lung health by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. The Asthma Management in School Program is a comprehensive framework to provide educational resources and technical assistance to schools outside of NYC and School-Based Health Centers state-wide. This is a joint initiative of the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Asthma Control Program and the American Lung Association.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

The student volunteer will assist the American Lung Association Health Promotions staff to execute a variety of activities/programs for our New York State Asthma Management in Schools (AMS) grant and to gain experience in the field of public health.

Activities/Programs:

  • Asthma self-management program that builds confidence for children with asthma.
  • Open Airways for Schools Program (OAS): For children ages 8-11 years old. OAS Certified Facilitators are trained volunteers that guide a group of participants (5-10, elementary-aged students) through the OAS curriculum in a community or school-based setting.
  • Kickin’ Asthma Program (KA): For youth ages 11-16 years old. KA Certified Facilitators are trained volunteers that guide a group of participants (5-10, youth-aged students) through the KA curriculum in a community or school-based setting.
  • New York State Guide for Asthma Management in Schools: The guide offers resources and information to assist school personnel in helping students with asthma manage their health and wellness in school. As a team, we will implement the best policies and strategies for improvement from the guide after reviewing and evaluating the current protocols, policies, and procedures in place for students with asthma.

Expectations:

  • Successfully complete the OAS or KA Certified Facilitator Training, including the Blended Learning online training and skill-building session, within a 14-day time-period. (Approximately 4-6 hours)
  • Conduct at least 1 OAS or KA program as outlined in the curriculum and trainingPrepare in advance for each lesson
  • Follow the course curriculum provided Attend/ lead six weekly 30-40-minute group lessons held during the scheduled time in a Poughkeepsie School District (PSD) elementary school. (Elementary school site will be provided by AMS team)
  • Communicate with the Lung Association AMS staff representative about scheduled programs
  • Complete program related reporting and evaluation
  • Complete training to implement the NYS Guide for Asthma Management in Schools.

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the American Lung Association?Visit here for your next steps.


 

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) is a 350-bed facility that has served New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887. Our most recent addition, the stunning Patient Pavilion, includes 294 private patient rooms, 13 surgical suites and a 66-room emergency and trauma center.

VBMC is part of Nuvance Health™, a network of seven hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities throughout the Hudson Valley and across western Connecticut. Patients benefit from the various services and multispecialty groups across the health system.

Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Students will be matched with a specific department/floor of the hospital based on their learning goals and interests

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

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Are you interested in getting involved with Vassar Brothers Medical Center?Visit here for your next steps.


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