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Joshua Germain: High School AACAA Intern's Perspective
Friday, 23 August 2013 14:23

I learned many things while participating in the Health Disparities Program in SUNY Downstate Hospital and interning for the African American Coalition Against AIDS.  I learned about different health disparities in NYC and across the country.  I learned about different community based organizations (such as the AACAA) that promote public health and awareness throughout New York City. These organizations are able to use what they have and spring into action to be successful in helping different communities to be safe and healthy.  In addition, I learned more about cultural competence and necessary skills to complete an in-depth research on an important public health issue, which is HIV/AIDS.

Moreover, I learned different things in the field while asking people to complete our surveys for a research project.  I learned to always be polite and have a positive attitude when talking and asking people to complete a survey and also to never get mad or discouraged when someone refuses to complete a survey.  In the field, I learned more about how a team works and how each person on the team works together to reach a common goal.  On one occasion, I felt discouraged when a lot of people I asked refused to complete our survey but when I sought help from my partner, Kenyetta, and my supervisor, Ms. Ese, I was able to receive the motivation and confidence in myself that I needed to help me keep moving and asking people to complete our surveys.  Fortunately, in the end, my team collected 46 surveys on the first trip in the field.

While still participating in the Health Disparities Program, not only did I learn different skills in research that will benefit me in the future, but I also learned different things about myself and how I could make myself a better person than I am today.  I learned  how to be culturally competent and how to show respect for one’s culture.   In my opinion, with all that I learned so far in the Health Disparities Program and interning with the AACAA,  I  feel more confident in myself to go out in the world and teach people what I learned so I can make a difference.