Essay on Reflection on the Community Health Practicum Experience

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I completed my practicum at the State University Health Research Center. The HRC was launched in March 2014 by the State School of Medicine. Its mission is to utilize the Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to build the community capacity and leadership for health promotion and disease prevention across the diverse populations of the county.

The HRC is funded by a 5-year, $4.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of the Prevention Research Centers Program. The PRC is collaborating with various community organizations including the Community Health Center, Korean Community Services, Workers Alliance, and other community organizations.

The core research project of the
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This afternoon meeting was followed by a conference call to discuss a grant proposal the PRC is preparing. At the end, my shadowing day was concluded by a short talk with Dr. Jones about her insights on career in public health research.

The specific assignments I undertook included: 1) review the literature to identify mental health assessment tools that are suitable for inclusion in Project RICE baseline, 3-month, and 6-month surveys; 2) develop focus group guides specific to each community partner to explore their mental health needs; 3) assist in the curriculum preparation for the stress management and mental health intervention session, and 4) co-author two manuscripts on Asian American mental health, titled “Asian American mental health disparities research: Putting community-based research principles to work” and "Annual Review of Asian American Psychology". Both were submitted to the Asian American Journal of Psychology (AAJP).

I believe that the assignments of my practicum required advanced understanding of the principles of the CBPR, and as such, they were great opportunity to apply what I learned in my master`s course work. In addition, such practical experience allowed me to further explore new areas of the CBPR approach as it easily enabled me to identify gaps in my understanding. Furthermore, conducting literature reviews and writing manuscripts provided me with a unique topical knowledge on the mental health issues in the Asian American
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