The Duncan & Cindy Campbell Foundation endows the Campbell Risk and Resilience Seminar Series in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, at OSU. The endowment also supports a paid summer internship at Friends of the Children in Portland for a CPHHS graduate student. This organization provides one-on-one paid professional mentoring for at-risk children throughout their elementary and high school years. Some of the duties of the intern include conducting a telephone survey of over 155 program graduates, managing survey and evaluation data, and completing some data analysis.


Jill Hoxmeier | featured student | Hallie Ford CenterJill Hoxmeier | 2013 Intern

What degree program are you enrolled in while at OSU?
PhD in Public Health, focusing on Health Behavior and Promotion

When will you complete your degree?
Anticipated graduation is June 2015

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
I will be starting my second year of the PhD program at OSU this fall and I also teach in the Public Health Department at Pacific University.

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
Interning at Friends of the Children (FOTC) gave me great exposure to collaborative problem solving. I worked with various departments on several projects, specifically compiling research that demonstrates a need for expanding the FOTC's programs to work more with youth in the foster systems, and expanding the program to work with youth beyond 18 years old to promote positive post-secondary outcomes.

I was greatly influenced by this internship in that not only did it broaden my perspective on public health - as mentoring programs can do a great deal to promote health among vulnerable populations - but personally concreted my belief that a job is more than employment, it's a personal reflection of values. The people at FOTC lived the mission of the organization and coming into the office every day was pretty inspiring.

 


Natalie Teixeira | featured student | Hallie Ford CenterNatalie Teixeira | 2012 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
Masters of Public Health - Health Promotion & Health Behavior

When did you complete your degree? 
June 2013

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
I am currently finishing up research-related work for Dr. Peggy Dolcini, Director of the Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults core in the Hallie E. Ford Center, and Dr. Joseph Catania.

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
My internship with Friends of the Children had a huge impact on me. Everyone at the organization was so kind, and the work they do is truly inspiring. The experience really opened my eyes to positive youth development and mentoring research, and provided me with opportunities to apply skills in a meaningful way.  

 

 


Andrea Bush| featured student | Hallie Ford CenterAndrea Brush | 2011 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
Masters of Public Health -  International Health

When did you complete your degree? 
March 2012

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Benton County Health Department, Development Disabilities Program

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
Friends of the Children is a really phenomenal organization. They have three very simple goals and achieve amazing results reaching those goals. Educational success, avoiding the justice system, and avoiding teen parenting should be three things that every child strives for. The success rates that Friends of the Children has seen reaching those goals for the kids is solid proof that mentoring shapes a child's life.

My time at Friends of the Children was instrumental in shaping the way I view mentoring, and influencing the most vulnerable children in our communities. I learned a great deal about the city of Portland and its surrounding areas and how the education system affects nearly every aspect of a child's life.

 


Senna Towner| featured student | Hallie Ford CenterSenna Towner | 2008 Intern

What degree program were you enrolled in while at OSU?
PhD in Public Health

When did you complete your degree? 
June 2013

Where are you employed or currently enrolled?
Oregon State University

How did the internship experience influence/impact you?
I am committed to working with underprivileged youth and their families. Part of this work includes exploring avenues for youth to attain health and wellness. Interning at Friends of the Children showed me that it is possible for underprivileged and vulnerable youth to thrive when they have support from the community. In this way, the internship experience provided me with a reminder to stay positive and encouraged in my work.