I worked as the graphic designer for Montana State University Health Promotion for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. I was the link between my office and the campus creating
advertisements to communicate research based information and alternative events. (An alternative event is one that promotes activities other than partying.) We dispersed messages through digital
signage, posters, table tents, banners, and more. I created materials for focuses including tobacco, sexual health, alcohol, and nutrition. In 2014, I hosted the annual sexual health event for
over 1200 students.
From 2011-2014, I coordinated monthly blood drives for United Blood Services, the only supplier of blood to our only local hospital. I recruited and coordinated volunteers and clubs to help run the drive and donors to give blood.
In the fall of 2010, the new facility was up and running and so were the programs. I taught a weekly nutrition class the included information on basic nutrition, shopping on a budget, and My Plate. I created the My Plate worksheet to help inmates practice planning three meals and a snack.
In the spring of 2011, the GCDC received a grant from the National Library of Medicine to create a Health Literacy Program for the inmates. The program's director and her Americorp Vista created an outline of the program and found volunteers to create different modules including computer skills, addiction, prevention, sexual health, resources, mental health, self-advocacy, infectious disease, and nutrition. I created the nutrition module.
I volunteered at the Gallatin County Detention Center from November 2010 to May 2014. I participated in the center's mission to decrease the number of inmates that return to the facility in many ways. I created 30 motivational posters, including the one at the left, for the program rooms, interview rooms, library, and computer lab. More are located under the design tab.
The Health Literacy Program at the GCDC was my favorite and the most-eye opening opportunity I have had in all of my experiences throughout my education. The more I learned about health literacy, the more I realized that our communication with our patients is more important than the information we give them. If they do not understand what we are saying to them, they will not get anything from us and it is a lost visit.
The Big Sky Youth Empowerment Program is a creative program to help at-risk youth through life skills training and outdoor activities.
2011 - I helped create a nutrition lesson and meal plan for at-risk middle and high school students with the local dietetics association. We taught classes to four groups of students in one week.
2012 - As the president of the student dietetic association, I took over the lesson and activity planning along with volunteer organization and coordination.
I handed out nutrition information to migrant workers. I used Spanish handouts created by The Academy. I do not get many chances to work with different cultures in Montana so I was very excited for this opportunity.
I volunteered for a semester on a weekly basis packaging supplemental weekend meals for kids, monthly food supplies for seniors, stocking shelves, donation intake, bagging, weighing groceries, and customer service.
Tour De Cure is an annual fundraiser for the American Diabetic Association where participants can bike from 10 km to 100 km.
2010 - Directed bikers along route, served participants lunch while maintaining health and safety standards outside.
2011, 2012, & 2013 - After discovering the amount of food waste this event produced, I volunteered the following three years to pick up leftovers and take them to the food bank, donating a total of over 500 pounds of food.
The Montana State University Wellness Office puts on yearly wellness fairs for MSU employees. I assisted in the wellness screenings where we took the height, weight, waist circumference, and calculated the BMI of employees. We also answered generic questions about nutrition and BMI.