Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Internships at Virginia Department of Health

Please welcome our new intern Paul Riley! Paul is a part-time MPH student from VCU. He works full-time as a nuclear medicine instructor for VCU's Department of Radiation Sciences. He is nuclear medicine technologist by trade and worked in the clinical setting for 11 years before joining VCU. Paul has worked in sponsor services for Christian Children's Fund (now ChildFund, Inc.). He is married to Kim, a registered nurse, no children, but two surrogate-kid cats.

Paul has shared that his developing concern for health equity probably stems from the patients he saw in clinical practice and the realization that often their conditions were consequences of their social environment. Additionally, while providing high-tech health care, he learned of research revealing that more lives could be saved by extending basic health care to the socially disadvantage than applying advanced techniques to those who could afford care. He is looking forward to meeting all staff and learning how OMHHE’s fulfills its mission.

During this summer internship, Paul will be exploring the feasibility of developing a plan to introduce health equity concepts into Scouting programs. Paul will report to Karen Reed, Director of Multicultural Health and Community Engagements.

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