Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Courtney Keeler, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Alba Diaz, Ph.D

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to highlight my fieldwork experience with the County of San Mateo Health System’s Health Policy and Planning Unit. Under the guidance of a Community Health Planner, my scope of work was within the area of school wellness, ranging from an adolescent report publication to researching breakfast in the classroom models to attending district wellness policy meetings. The San Mateo County Adolescent Report took precedence over most of the school wellness projects and initiatives because it was seeking to identify the needs of the County’s youth using evidence from various data sources and to develop policy recommendations. Although the Adolescent Report highlighted a multitude of youth health concerns, a large focus was on the mental health of youth.

Throughout the report, I will provide an in-depth overview of the Health Policy and Planning Unit’s role in the development of the Adolescent Report, the implementation process, the findings and application of the results. I will briefly highlight other individual and group projects that I had the opportunity to be involved in and help execute. I will discuss my initial learning objectives, how they altered over time, and my achievements. I will identify which Master of Public Health Program competencies were addressed during the implementation of the Adolescent Report and other projects. Lastly, I will provide a short reflection on my overall field work experience from a personal and professional viewpoint.

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