CEMHD Interns Go to Work with SNUG
fall, the Center partnered
with the Community and Public Service Program to develop an internship in which
students assist the Trinity Alliance’s anti-gun violence program, SNUG (“guns”
spelled backwards). Modeled after Chicago Cease Fire, recently renamed
Cure Violence, SNUG uses a public health approach to interrupt the epidemic of
gun violence before it spreads. SNUG is of particular interest to CEMHD because of this approach. This semester the Center sent three human biology majors to assist with the program: Yerusa Asher, Patrisha Kritchman, and Shanice Saunders.
SNUG hires field staff, called Violence Interrupters, from the neighborhoods
it serves and trains them to work with people at highest risk for perpetrating
or becoming a victim of gun violence. It also conducts community
mobilization and outreach activities to create a visible community presence
after shootings and to change social norms about gun violence.
days, college students possess excellent computer and social networking skills
that can be put to great use in grassroots community organizations like SNUG,
which tend to operate with a bare-bones office staff. Our enthusiastic
CEMHD interns have made real contributions to the organization. Among
other things, they have redesigned printed materials, including posters and
brochures, helped the Community Outreach and Mobilization coordinator, Charee
Tarver, create a website, and have improved information sharing about shooting
incidents among SNUG staff. They also help update SNUG’s Facebook page,
assist with planning community events, and have even attended neighborhood shooting
responses. Plans are in the works to involve interns in direct involvement with
the community, such as working with churches and local businesses.
return for sharing their computer skills, the interns have learned a lot about
SNUG’s public health approach to gun violence, issues facing people in poor
neighborhoods, how grassroots organizations do community mobilization, and
the experience with SNUG has meant more than that to them as individuals.
Yerusa Asher is an
international student from Pakistan. Her father is a community organizer who
held high-level positions at a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
before starting his own. Yerusa aspires to follow in his
footprints. She wants to be a dentist and form her own international NGO
to improve the oral health of people living in poverty around the world. She
was interested in being an intern with SNUG in order to learn about how small
nonprofits do community outreach and education. The things she has
learned at SNUG have given her good ideas for running her own organization some
day in the future.
comes from a family affected by gun violence. Her father was shot as a youth and,
with guidance counselors discouraging him from continuing his high school
education, ended up in jail. Through the SNUG internship, she has been become
more aware of how gun violence can have long-term impacts on whole families,
not just the shooting victim, and the importance of seeing violence as a public
Shanice Saunders is a member of
the student group Third World Impact, which helped build a primary school in
Uganda. She has also done health volunteer work in Madagascar. This time
she wanted to be involved in making a difference locally, and was interested in
observing SNUG’s public health model at work. During her internship Shanice
has been able to make real-life connections to other health issues discussed in
her courses, which given her further enthusiasm for her classes and a
has been very proud of the contributions these three students have made to SNUG
and will continue to run the internship program next semester. For
more information on this internship program contact Dr. Elizabeth Campisi, Special Projects Director, at 442-4918, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Fall's CEMHD Writing Group
you a doctoral student?
you completed the comprehensive exams?
in the process of either starting your essay or finalizing the draft of your
you a faculty member or someone else with a doctoral degree, who wishes critical discussion partners to
assist in developing an idea for your next journal article?
The CEMHD Writing Group Is For You!
The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
(CEMHD) is sponsoring a Writing Group. The goal of The CEMHD Writing Group is
to provide support to people with a writing project that needs completion. These projects may include doctoral
essays, doctoral proposals, drafts of various dissertation chapters, or manuscripts
for publication. The projects
can be in various stages of initiation or completion.
requirement for participation is a need
and commitment to complete a writing project and a willingness to provide critical intellectual support to group
members as they complete their writing projects.
in Husted 219 (Downtown Campus)
3:30 to 5:00
starting September 11, 2013
P. Porter Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dr. Porter, a Fellow of The American Academy of Nursing
[FAAN], earned her Ph.D. in Nursing at The University of Arizona in May 1985. Dr.
Porter has held faculty positions at various Ivy (i.e., Yale University) and
Big 10 (e.g., University of Michigan) Research One academic institutions. Dr.
Porter has been the faculty of record for courses across all educational levels
and various disciplines. As a member of the National Coalition of Ethnic
Minority Nursing Associations (NCEMNA), she has served as a national mentor of
doctoral students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. As a nurse
scientist, she has conducted interdisciplinary
community-based research in a variety of settings with “tweens” and
adolescents, primarily from racial and ethnic backgrounds, about sexual
behaviors, socialization into the meanings of black skin tones, and
childrearing behaviors and practices. She has both presented and published extensively about methodological issues associated with samples from racial and
ethnic backgrounds, sexual behaviors, race and racism in nursing, and
‘diversity.’ Currently, she consults with researchers conducting research
with African American samples, is a contributing faculty member of the Walden
University, Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP] program, and an Associate in The
University at Albany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health