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Making health more accessible is focus of Tulane intern's practicum

Interning with one of New Orleans' premiere health ambassadors, Tulane public health student Marcus Vizzutti learned the importance of community medicine and how to make healthcare and wellness more accessible and understandable for everyone.
This past summer, Vizzutti, a graduate student in epidemiology, interned with the Doc Griggs Foundation and its Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!(TM) program. The internship involved Vizzutti working as a research assistant for Doc Griggs and his team which included conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data to inform the program's growth. In addition to working with data, Vizzutti gained direct experience conducting community outreach by representing the foundation at expos and fairs connected to large events like Essence Festival.
The Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!(TM) program's overall goal is to improve physical activity, diet and health literacy, in particular. The program seeks to address fears and gaps in knowledge about healthcare for community members through education and outreach while also working to improve communication skills for both physicians and patients.
"One of the most surprising things I learned during my internship was that so many community members are not getting the basic healthcare and preventative care they need," Vizzutti said. "Working directly with community residents in New Orleans, I saw that many were afraid to get checked (by a doctor) because they were concerned they would be told something confusing or diagnosed with a condition they did not understand."
The Doc Griggs Foundation selected Vizzutti for the internship through the Tulane Prevention Research Center's Health Promotion Practicum Program, which matches graduate student interns and local host organizations for 300-hour practicum internships.
Stephen Hogan, Vizzutti's supervisor and a program manager at the Doc Griggs Foundation, said having a Tulane graduate student like Vizzutti enhanced their work because of his "new energy, perspective and talent."
"Marcus was essential in ensuring that Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!(TM) is a comprehensive, evidence based program that addresses health, fitness, diet and most importantly, health literacy," said Hogan. "This required a combination of medical knowledge and the ability to research, analyze and transform data into information that is actionable."

By Naomi King Englar, Tulane PRC staff
October 2017

(Photo courtesy of Doc Griggs Foundation: The foundation participated in Essence Festival 2017)

Topics:   practicum , health communication , community advisory board

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