Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

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  • A description of the internship objectives, including career goals,

The objectives of this internship consist of providing technical support to I-Care Staff and Users of the State registry. Responsibilities consist of the processing of emails from Medical providers trying to obtain access to the State Registry to the general public requesting Immunization records.  In addition, to the distribution of patient immunization records from the State Registry. With the onset of COVID 19, and the Immunization section playing critical role in the State’s response. Interns responsibilities have expanded, and now include assisting ICARE staff with the enrollment of new users into ICARE. Users access to ICARE plays a critical role for providers that are trying to obtain the COVID-19 vaccines. The career goal for this internship is for an intern to gain real world experience at public health agency. Her internship happened to come during a global pandemic, and the experiences she will gain from this time should be important for her overall professional growth.



  • A description of the work/project to be performed by the intern,

Intern’s day to day activities consist of the processing of emails from Medical providers trying to obtain access to the State Registry to the general public requesting Immunization records.



  • The daily duties expected from the internship listed under the competency domain they will strengthen


  1. Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health




  1. Public Health & Health Care Systems


Gain more knowledge about the immunization program and the Vaccine for Children program VFC, as well the different funding sources utilized for those doses. Comparing vaccine allocation and administrations at both a regional and a Statewide level. This comparison will help with determining the coverage level within a geographical region.


  1. Planning & Management to Promote Health


Design and learn population-based intervention like immunization conducted by IDPH.  Besides keeping track of the immunizations, a child has already received, I-CARE forecasts immunization due dates based on the nationally recognized “Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule.” These recommendations are approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Add on to that ICARE staff Remind and notify patients o due dates, record and notify patient contraindications, adverse reactions and any immunities.


  1. Policy in Public Health


According to CDC and State law of Illinois also requires certain immunizations for children and adults enrolled in childcare, school and college. ICARE collaboratively help school nurses and other healthcare providers to maintain the immunization records as per CDC and Illinois state law


  1. Leadership


Intern has shown her leadership skills while working collaboratively within a four-member staff. Her duties have expanded with the state response to COVID-19 Mass vaccination Plan. The core staff consist of herself, her supervisor and other two ICARE senior staff members. Intern continues to show her leadership skills by taking on new task and getting them completed in a timely manner. With the expansion of her responsibilities she continues to show her leadership skills when it comes to completing tasks and maintaining a level of professionalism while doing in spite of the many challenges the Immunization face with this COVID response.


Intern will set up the new user request (Web Portal registration) in ICARE for nurses, physicians and healthcare providers


  1. Communication


Address the needs and complete the requests by population of providing immunization records Communicate with audience/patients who is seeking to take access and get immunization records in the forms of emails and phone calls. Communication with ICARE staff on a day to day basis to maintain daily operations requirements are meet and completed in the most efficient manner.


  1. Interprofessional practice


Effectively assist and communicate with health care providers. Communicating with multiple health providers through email to assist with gaining access to ICARE.  Participate in the meetings and communicate effectively with the team members while weekly meetings as well as delivered work and maintaining daily work schedule.


Intern will collectively communicate with different health care providers including different clinics, pharmacies to maintain and deliver the electronic form of immunizations as well as calculating and reminding due dates about the patients




  1. Systems Thinking


These competencies  are  informed  by  the  traditional  public  health  core  knowledge  areas, (biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and environmental health sciences), as well as cross-cutting and emerging public health areas.


Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.


Public Health & Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.


Planning & Management to Promote Health

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs.


Policy in Public Health

  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  2. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
  3. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  4. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.



  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.



  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
  3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.


Interprofessional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on inter-professional teams.


Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.


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