Graduate Student Completes Twelve Week Internship

October 16, 2012
Larissa Georgeon Richard

Larissa Georgeon Richard

Larissa Georgeon Richard completed a twelve week graduate student internship with the Maternal, Child and Family Health Division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. Larissa was selected for one of 33 spots out of 100 applicants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

She conducted literature reviews, calculated bivariate and multivariate analysis using SAS and identified disproportionate feto-infant mortality rates. Larissa used the Perinatal Periods of Risk approach to prioritize prevention efforts for feto-infant mortality among non-Hispanic Black women in Philadelphia. Larissa not only interpreted results but gained practical experience presenting data to other researchers and community members. Larissa’s dedication to a community approach for solving adverse health conditions was amplified in this experience, as she was able to observe local health departments and many community organizations work together to promote good public health.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell