If you're interested in picking cabbage for food insecure families, delivering water
to Flint residents still affected by distrust and/or lack of access to safe water,
connecting with community leaders in Ypsilanti to help them assess the health needs
of their community, handing out condoms and providing health education at various
LGBTQ+ events, or are interested in understanding how incarceration affects women
and their children, with the goal of helping an organization evaluate their intervention,
then PHAST is where you need to be. It's through these experiences that I've developed
as a public health leader. Through this work I’ve developed a personal philosophy
that values working with local communities above all.
- Emily Dejka, Epidemiology candidate & PHAST participant
While these opportunities certainly enhance students' personal and professional development,
we are also driven to ensure that the partnerships we build with the communities we
enter are equitable. Far too often, power and privilege shape projects aimed at improving
community health. We acknowledge this and seek to intentionally develop partnerships
that share power and are truly mutually beneficial.
Imbuing projects with the complementary skills and innovative mindsets of community
members, practitioners, researchers, students, and educators will strengthen our shared
pursuit of a more just and healthful world.
Are you a masters or PhD student in good academic standing at UM SPH? Do you want to gain practical applied
public health experience in local, national, and/or global contexts? If so then apply
in December! To learn more, contact us at email@example.com and read up on our recent work with the Detroit Food Policy Council, along the US-Mexico border in South Texas, in the Mississippi Delta, or in Grenada.
If your health department or community-based organization is interested in working
with PHAST, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-763-9234. Completing a PHAST Deployment Application beforehand is helpful, but not required. Let's talk!
Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, the CDC requested PHAST's assistance with conducting
a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in partnership
with local residents in St. Croix and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. PHAST conducted
household interviews and assisted with data analysis.
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