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Marleen Jones-Pool - Fair Haven Community Health Center, New Haven, CT

This mural found on a residential complex at 1050 State St. is a hidden gem in New Haven!

Career goal: To become a clinical psychologist.

Internship outline: I completed a mixed methods independent research project with three Yale undergraduate students through Student Partnerships in Global Health (SPGH). Under the advisement of Professor Danya Keene, Dr. Anne Camp and Nurse Elizabeth Magenheimer, we developed and executed our project on health literacy and diabetes health outcomes at the Fair Haven Community Health Center. We spent the summer collecting surveys and conducting interviews at their different sites, and plan to analyze our data to create a report to submit to the clinic and for publication this fall.

Value of experience: This internship allowed me to conduct a full independent research project from start to finish – from applying to fellowships and IRB approval, to writing a final paper for publication on our findings. (Hopefully, we find meaningful relationships during our data analysis this fall and successfully publish!) I also enjoyed performing research in my native language, Spanish, and learned to appreciate the insight gathered from qualitative data (patient interviews) that we couldn’t obtain from survey data.

Best moment/experience: Meeting new people every day and learning more about the New Haven community from the residents themselves.

Funding source: Yale School of Public Health Summer Funding