International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Title

The 2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment: Summer Internship Experiences with The Worcester Division of Public Health and Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Final Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in GIS for Development and Environment (GISDE)

Department

International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Abstract

This report provides a detailed account of our internship experiences with the Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH) and Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise during the summer of 2015. We worked under the support and direction of Mr. Zach Dyer, the Deputy Director of the Division who was our supervisor. Our ten-week internship involved three projects: the Community Health Assessment Project, a Web Map of Physical Resources in Worcester and A Land Cover Assessment in the Greater Worcester Community. These projects are detailed in the chapters of this paper. The 2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment was formally released in November 2015. The release took place at a community center and was attended by community stakeholders, all those who took part in the project, as well as the general public. From our experiences, we recommend this internship for those who are interested in community health development projects since it provides an excellent opportunity for professional growth and networking in this field.

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