Recent Submissions

  • Workout Recording Log: Implementing Progressive Overload

    McMenimen, Daniel; Hatch-Belhumeur, Cynthia (2022-05-02)
    This undergraduate internship project was aimed to implement an effective work out log to record a participant’s progress of a designed workout plan. All workouts and routines were created to accomplish a predetermined fitness goal. Using a workout log, participants were able to track what exercises were completed. The new workout log was created focusing on the principle of Progressive Overload and phases were implemented in which exercises could be modified in either weight, resistance, or repetitions. A gradual increase in these categories overtime allow for progress to be made and helps to avoid participants from reaching a plateau in their workout program. Furthermore, exercises can be modified to increase difficulty and strength, ultimately achieving progress towards the participants’ overall fitness goals.
  • COVID-19 And You

    Manfra, Maria; Hatch-Belhumeur, Cynthia (2022-05-02)
    This undergraduate internship project was to create and implement a solution that informs students and parents about health disparities, health trends, and the benefits of using telehealth services as it relates to the coronavirus disease. Currently, there is no quick and efficient way for parents and students to access health information that will impact their daily decisions during the ever-changing pandemic.
  • Meeting The Needs Of Others: COVID-19 Home Testing Kit Distribution Within Low-Income North Shore Communities

    Vicarie, Amyrah; DeLeon, Patrice (2022-05-02)
    The purpose of this senior internship project was to continue to help combat COVID-19 within underserved populations on the North Shore. North Shore Community Health partnered with seven organizations to ensure that home testing kits were being distributed within local communities. 90 home testing kits were distributed to local homeless shelters and 135 to local food pantries. Having these accessible resources were beneficial in maintaining the overall general health and safety of these communities. Through partnership and community outreach, North Shore Community Health provided the necessary support to help individuals continue the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Barriers in Healthcare Access: Possible Solutions for North Shore Communities

    McCormack, Olivia; DeLeon, Patrice (2022-05-02)
    The environment in which someone lives and mental health struggles such as depression can impact all aspects of a person's life. Through standard screening assessments like the Patient Health Questionnaires for depression and Social Determinants of Health addressing living conditions and other areas of life, healthcare professionals can provide effective treatment to meet the needs of their patients. For this senior internship project at North Shore Community Health Center, barriers to accessing healthcare resources (language barriers, lack of health literacy, etc.) were uncovered through patient screenings. As a result, possible solutions to make a positive impact will be implemented to improve the lives of individuals living on the North Shore.
  • The Importance Of Health In Residential Living Experiences: Introducing A Walking Group To Assist With Mental Health

    Mbangu, Ngabua “Gloria”; Sweeney, Michele (2022-05-02)
    Mental Health and mental disabilities are growing issues in the United States and worldwide. As the population increases, the need for behavioral health services and systems to serve the population will also increase. Physical activity can play an essential role in maintaining health, well-being, and quality of life for those living with mental illnesses. Even though exercise itself might act as a stressor, it can reduce the harmful effects of other stressors when performed at moderate intensities. The objective of this undergraduate internship project was to create a walking group for residential individuals living with a mental illness/disability. The goal for all participants was to walk a total of 3 miles. Those that completed the 3 miles, which was 8000 steps, was rewarded a Dunkin donut card and dinner outing with the staff.
  • Unprecedented Times: Reviewing COVID-19 Protocols at Bridgewell

    Szymanski, Katherine; O'Neil, Melissa (2022-05-02)
    Two years ago, COVID-19 disrupted our daily lives, and everyone was told to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. For some people, they still had to go to work every day, and for those working at Bridge well’s residential programs, they had to deal with the changing guidelines by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They had to work around residents not seeing their families, being essential workers, testing and quarantine protocols. This project examines COVID-19 protocols at Bridgewell based on the opinions of residential program managers and directors, and what they believed worked, and what should have been changed.
  • Workforce Development: Youth Program

    Chhay, Monica; Alvandi, Maryam (2022-05-02)
    Salem Hospital features a variety of programs for the community and youth; however, the number of applications has decreased as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic has altered the way the internship for Salem Public High Schools is conducted. Prior to the pandemic, it was in person, then shifted abruptly to remote during the pandemic, and now it is hybrid for the Summer 2022 internship. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the current internship statistics and enhance the number of student interns in the coming years. Our data indicate more students are interested in participating and seizing internship opportunities in hospital.
  • Bill S.701 and Alopecia: A Student Intern's Contribution to Bill Advocacy

    Sullivan, Amanda; Sweeney, Michele (2022-05-02)
    The project objectives were to create and distribute an educational fact sheet, which would advocate for cranial prosthetics to be covered by the health insurance of those suffering from Alopecia. Information on the fact sheet included disease definition, treatment options, incidence rates, and current legislation as well as the importance of cranial scalp prostheses for those with Alopecia. The fact sheet was distributed to university students and members of the Massachusetts State Senate as well as shared through various social media platforms. The distribution of the fact sheet to educate others was one component in contributing to the advocacy of Bill S.701. Bill S.701 was not passed before the conclusion of this project.
  • Wheelchair Postural Training: Benefits of Exercise for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Trejo, Julissa; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Traumatic brain injuries have a major effect on your physical and mental health, with damage to the brain leading to long term complications. Supportive Living created the Neuro-Fitness Wellness Program for patients with traumatic brain injuries. Exercise plans are created to accommodate each participant based on their needs and goals. Participants that were in a wheelchair were able to work on postural training. Posture is important because it affects the neck, shoulders, and back. Specific exercises programs were developed and implemented to work on posture. Over the course of twelve weeks, there was a dramatic change in the participants' strength and confidence, leading to better physical and mental health.
  • Rainbow Adult Day Health Care Center of Lynn: Senior Support Group Program

    Toh, Sophanna; Flynn, Regina (2022-05-02)
    The Rainbow Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) opened in May 2018 in Lynn, Massachusetts. The adult daycare program focuses on older adults. They offer the following services such as medical services, social work services, nutrition services, alternative therapies, exercise programs, transportation services, daily activities, and recreational therapy. The Senior Support Group Program is facilitated with video chat and in-person at ADHC. The project’s goals focus on reducing depressive symptoms, decreasing social isolation, and improving social skills such as communication with peers and collaboration. As a result, participants can learn how to engage with one another through technologies that allow them to interact with the ADHC staff and each other in resolving issues that they are faced with regarding living situations, language barriers, and being senior citizens.
  • Employee Satisfaction and Engagement: Planning Events Post-Pandemic

    Psaros, Jessica; Sweeney, Michele (2022-05-02)
    Employee engagement and satisfaction is crucial to ensuring employee retention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, employees were placed under a great deal of stress, and many employee appreciation and engagement events were put on hold. This led to employees feeling unappreciated for their work during such a trying time. The purpose of this internship project was to survey employees regarding new and future appreciation events. Collecting employees' responses is an opportunity for companies to provide for their wants and needs. Based on the information received in the survey, a plan was created for an employee appreciation week.
  • Screening Patients for Depression: Benefits and Barriers

    Oliveira, Joice; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Depression is a highly prevalent mental health disorder in primary care. It affects individuals all over the world. One way to help prevent depression is to conduct depression screenings. Depression screenings help identify patients with under diagnosed depressive disorders. It also helps with the reduction and remission of depression symptoms. As part of my internship, I screened patients on the Behavioral Health Department list at North Shore Community Health Center, over the age of 18, for depression via the phone using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2, Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and Social Determinants of Health Questionnaire. These questionnaires allow patients to rank how certain issues have bothered them over the past two weeks and determine how the lack of access to necessities impacts their health.
  • Bridgewell's Day Program at Rosewood: Creating Instructional Resources

    Lazo, Yasmin; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Bridgwell's Rosewood Day program in Danvers, MA is a daily day program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These clients come in for the day to continue working and developing daily living skills, communication skills, and motor skills. This project was devoted to the development of instructional resources for the staff when working with clients. After observing the various activities and programming provided, three topic areas emerged including communication skills, four-step cooking/ recipes, and exercise/stretching activities. Each area was researched culminating in three binders that were created to provide readily accessible instructional resource materials for use by both staff and clients.
  • Recreation During a Pandemic: The Impact of COVID 19 on Programming in Massachusetts

    Lopez, Christian; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    This project is a review of the impact of COVID 19 on recreation programs in Massachusetts from 2020 through November 2021. The pandemic and how we interact with people have changed the landscape of community gathering and the programs that cities and towns can provide. A review of city/town websites and a pool of telephone interviews helped describe that within communities across Massachusetts there have been changes to available programming. This is significant in both rural and urban environments. Results of this review show that there is some change in the types of programs available, use of staffing, and budget levels.
  • Hospice Care: Legacy And Dignity Project

    Johnson, Jade; Alvandi, Maryam (2022-05-02)
    The purpose of the internship was to bring attention to the effects of dignity centered questions on patient memory, using dignity therapy (DT) protocol. Patient comfort and wellbeing are the main goals of hospice care, and it is essential to bolster end-of-life experience by having meaningful conversations that combine DT questions. This can benefit the patient and the family by not only preparing legacies of memory but also mitigating distress and stimulating the mind through reasoning ability. It is known that repetition, revisiting familiar areas, and talking about the past improves memory. Every week, the same questions were revisited, and with each week the patient was able to recall more from her past. Patients feel a sense of dignity and peace when they have an opportunity to talk about their lives or things that they would like to recall or transmit to others. These centered questions stimulate the mind and enable patients to sustain a feeling of an intact essence.
  • Building A Healthier Community Together: The Salem Pantry

    Bettencourt, Janice; Alvandi, Maryam (2022-05-02)
    Food insecurity is a widespread issue that impacts billions of people globally. Food pantries strive to provide resources for those in need. The Salem Pantry is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on community support. The purpose of this project was to learn the importance of outreach and expand resources across Salem and neighboring towns. Research was conducted to identify non-profit organizations with similar mission and vision in Salem and surrounding areas. A flyer was made and emailed to organizations on how their clients can access the pantry. Data was analyzed and the results revealed a significant growth in partnership. While more people attending the pantry, there will a reduction in individuals with low food security.
  • The impact of Educational outlets for recovery patients: Incorporating positive outlooks

    DeLuca, Olivia; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Working with patients in recovery allows the formation of education and ways to help others. By incorporating positive activities such as reading, people are given a chance to find serenity and peace whilst working on their recovery. Reading allows the patient to practice mindfulness while expanding their education and developing new, positive habits. My time at the Recovery Centers of America opened my eyes to the possibility of recovery, encouragement, bravery and success among these patients. As simple as it may be, reading is therapeutic and provides an opportunity to disconnect from reality while remaining sober. I believe my book donation has improved the opportunity for a continued focus on recovery.
  • Patient Cancellation and No Shows on Service Quality: Improving Sleep Study Cancellation Rates

    Kelly, Sophia; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Sleep disorders are one of the most common conditions that go undiagnosed every year. Sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Narcolepsy prevent one from getting a good nights rest, which then leads to increased daytime sleepiness. Neurocare is a diagnostic sleep testing facility that aims to improve the quality of life for those living with sleep disorders. A pamphlet was created to help improve patient cancellation and no show appointments and to improve overall service quality. The pamphlet consists of a FAQs of importance of sleep studies, Neurocare's covid protocol, and alternatives for those who cannot make their in person study at one of the clinics.
  • Controlling Blood Pressure Among US Veterans; Evaluating VISN 1's PMC Note Tool

    Abalaka, Valerie; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    Hypertension or high blood pressure is a prevalent chronic illness in approximately 45% of Americans and nonveterans compared to veterans who have a 65% higher chance of developing hypertension. Hypertension significantly increases the risks of heart, brain, kidney, and other diseases, so controlling blood pressure is essential in managing and preventing these fatal diseases. Therefore, it is important to periodically screen patients for hypertension. The purpose of this project at the VA Hospital was to provide support and evaluate the organization wide 'Improving Veteran Blood Pressure Rate' project. This project was implemented as a preventative measure; to get a better understanding of Veteran's blood pressure tends to prevent future disease outcomes due to hypertension.
  • Fetal Maternal Medicine/Infertility: Proposal for a Support Group at a Community Health Center

    Aleman, Angelica; Everitt, Amy (2022-05-02)
    This project investigated the effectiveness of support groups and how to start one. Based on data from a needs assessment, the need for a support group was proposed to the CEO of the Health Center due to the high levels of pregnancy loss and infertitlity in the community. Advocacy and outreach were strongly recommended for the community being served given the low-income base and lack of resources. With support of medical students, qualified patients were surveyed for feedback on their interest in attending a support group session. The proposed support group program was approved with an initial start date of December 2021. It was concluded that the impact of communicating with patients is far more efective if the caregive has similar experiences to theirs.