Mary Meinert


Practicum site: Center for Prevention Evaluation and Statistics (CPES) in Farmington (2019)

Project description: This public health practicum with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) CPES, housed at UConn Health, explored how dissemination of behavioral health information and statistics via various social media platforms will increase awareness of rising public health issues. Linkages were created with public health partners at the community, state, regional and federal levels. I enjoyed increasing my knowledge of using social media platforms to raise awareness of health matters to the public.

Some advice for future students…I wish I knew that students were allowed to choose a site for their Practicum project; we didn’t have to wait to be assigned to a department. I had a great experience, but be proactive so you get a project that is good fit.

Mary Meinert
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