Public Health Student Receives Drachman Prevention Fellowship
A master's in public health student from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health recently was awarded a Drachman Prevention Fund fellowship to support her internship in public health.
The late Roy P. Drachman and his wife, Sally Spaid Drachman, established the Drachman Prevention Fund to support public health students who will complete internships or research projects that promote healthy behaviors, nutrition and physical activity in children and/or focus on the mentoring of at-risk children and youth.
Katy Shea, who is based at Northern Arizona University, received the $1,500 stipend to support her internship that will focus on two week-long camps, one for youths ages 8-10 and the second for youths ages 11-13. The camp, "The "Hualapai Youth Camp, Healthy Lifestyles," includes physical activities, health-related educational sessions, arts and crafts, and cultural activities and demonstrations.
Through these activities, the camp uses a holistic view of wellness to address mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and cultural well-being. Campers are predominantly Hualapai but in past years have included native youth from other Arizona tribes, e.g., Havasupai, Chemehuevi, Yavapai Apache, and Navajo.
There will be four components to her internship: (1) developing and archiving a management system of guidelines for policies and procedures regarding camp materials and protocol, (2) development of curriculum materials for implementation, (3) instruction in health education activities, and (4) process and impact evaluation of the camp program.
Roy P. Drachman was the founding chairman of the Arizona College of Public Health Advisory Board and is the namesake for the future permanent home of the College, Drachman Hall. A native of Tucson, Drachman was involved in all aspects of community life and community building, and had a particular interest in healthy children and schools.
Sundown at the Pass, a co-ed 5-mile run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk held annually at Gates Pass the first Saturday of March, supplements this fund through proceeds and donations from the event. For more information about the Drachman Prevention Fund for Children, please call Kim Gunn, (520) 626-2948.
Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the four corner states. The Arizona College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.