Meet the Population Health Interns!

Danielle Lundstrom is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where she has nearly completed the Public Health Nutrition Coordinated MPH/RD Program. This summer she is working as a Population Health Intern at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF). Danielle is helping our team conduct quantitative research for the Heart of New Ulm Project, focusing on changes in the nutrition environment over the past 10 year.

Danielle is interested in public health because she is intrigued by the way policy, system and environmental factors influence health. She was drawn to the internship at MHIF in particular because of the groundbreaking health prevention work that is being done through the Heart of New Ulm Project. After graduating, Danielle plans to relocate to San Francisco to work in the public health field. “I hope to be involved in work that supports healthy eating and optimal nutrition as key components of creating healthy communities and advancing health equity,” she says. Danielle’s favorite experience thus far at her internship has been the opportunity to join a Food Environment Action Team meeting in New Ulm.

Sarah Doornink is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where she is working towards an MPH in the Community Health Promotion Program. This summer she is completing her field experience at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF). Sarah is helping our team conduct qualitative research for the Heart of New Ulm Project, focusing on worksite health and wellbeing changes over the past 10 years.

Sarah first became interested in public health when she started working in for-profit healthcare, which then drove Sarah to want to work for the preventative side of health within the community. She plans to work with chronic disease prevention and hopes to work with implementing programs and contributing to evaluation work. Sarah’s favorite part about public health is how broad it is. She likes how there are so many areas she has the ability to impact. Sarah was particularly interested in the internship here at MHIF because of the quality research done within the community. “My favorite part about my experience here at MHIF is the hands-on experience I’m getting. I feel directly involved with the communities we are impacting.”

 

 

To learn more about the MHIF Population Health Internship Program, view the Internship Program page here.