Doc Griggs Foundation: Community Health Intern

Doc Griggs Foundation

Project Title: Community Health Intern

Background on the Project: The Doc Griggs Foundation is a multidisciplinary team of medical and business professionals that focuses on community health and wellness.  The Foundation believes that it can make a difference in the lives of individuals, especially in underserved communities, by giving them simple, practical and easy to follow information and guidance on ways to improve their health.  The Foundation seeks to engage, excite and empower everyone. The Foundation is a high energy organization seeking and finding opportunities to make a difference.  The Foundation’s team moves fast, works hard, and plays hard but ensures that everything it does is evidence-based.  This is important to understand, as the Foundation expects everyone it works with to be responsive and keep up. The Foundation is working on the development of a Get checked.  Get fit.  Get moving! ® program.  This program will be delivered to the following groups: Community organizations on all levels, barber shops, beauty salons, churches, K-12 students and schools, university students, corporate accounts and healthcare accounts.

Student’s Responsibilities and Activities:

From December 2018/January 2019 to May/June 2019:

  • The intern will work with current public health researchers and healthcare professionals to further develop an algorithm to find the top 5 morbidities and ways to combat these for each county in the United States.
  • The intern will perform community-based research and development to support the Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!® program. This will include planning and implementation of targeted community events, and participation and exposure to health policy on community, city, state, and national levels. This will also include events, such as weekly cooking demonstrations. All of this will be done through a lens of the Social Determinants of Health, finding, engaging, and empowering ways to integrate the community into the solutions for a healthier population.
  • The intern will work on a collaborative research investigation with The Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative, an international scientific think tank and non-profit research organization. This work promotes science-informed infectious diseases and vaccine safety research and communication. It uses a standardized disease severity score (the ViVI Disease Severity Score™) to allow healthcare professionals to monitor patients consistently and immediately, at the point of care to improve quality of care, doctor-patient communication, vaccine effectiveness surveillance, pandemic preparedness, antibiotic stewardship, as well as the accuracy and interoperability of clinical trial data. This work will be done at community health clinics through Louisiana.

The student will also have the opportunity to gain:

  • An understanding of the importance of Community Medicine, including direct engagement at the community level.
  • Experience developing a pilot program to address health and wellness disparities.
  • Experience operating in a business environment, including client management.
  • The opportunity to do work that will be published.

Supervisor: Dr. Eric Griggs, MD, Founder.

Transportation: Much of the activities can be done remotely. Dr. Griggs will schedule weekly, in-person meetings that will take place at the Access Health Louisiana – Broad St. location, Contemporary Arts Center location, Xavier University Health and Wellness Center or other mutually agreed upon locations.

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