SBS MPH Graduate Johanzynn Gatewood Interns at CNN
Recent MPH Spring 2017 Graduate Johanzynn Gatewood had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the CNN health and Medical News unit of CNN based in Atlanta Georgia. This special unit has the responsibility of covering health, wellness and medical news for CNN Broadcasting. CNN. The Chief Medical Correspondent, Senior Medical Correspondent and staff of producers and writers provide all CNN platforms with the latest medical news from daily studies, conferences, and a variety of topics including cancer, AIDS/HIV, fitness, nutrition, public health policy, science, wellness, and parenting.
Over a three-month span working twenty to twenty-five hours per week, Johanzynn was task included contributing as well as writing digital stories and other content for CNN.com/health. Other responsibilities she encompassed were conducting research for Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, MPH. She read new medical and health studies while contacting authors for potential stories, pitched story ideas, and participated in staff meetings. Johanzynn was granted the chance to accompanied producers on story shoots in fact, she attended conferences on behalf of CNN.
Johanzynn states “This internship was a great experience for me as someone who is strongly interested in health communication and health literacy.” She notes the reason why she enjoys health communication is that it meshes together her passion for public health and her creativity. Johanzynn intrigued by the idea of using her creativity to disseminate health messages that can change the social climate to encourage healthy behaviors, create awareness, change attitudes, and motivate others to adopt recommended behaviors. Johanzynn was excited by the prospect to apply her skills she learned from the MPH program to reading studies, understanding health statistics and speaking with other health professionals. Johanzynn expressed how this internship has given her an invaluable experience in getting important information to the general population.