MPH Student, Shantrel Canidate, Completes Her Internship
Shantrel Canidate recently completed her MPH internship with the Alachua County Health Department’s Minority AIDS Program. As part of her internship, she completed her special project entitled, “Assessing Business Owners’ Attitudes Towards the Placement of HIV/AIDS Educational Materials and HIV Testing in Barbershops on the Eastside compared to the Westside of Gainesville.”
In this project, Shantrel assessed salon and barbershop owners’ attitudes towards offering HIV/AIDS educational materials and HIV testing in their businesses. Shantrel was specifically interested in exploring differences in owners’ attitudes based on their location in Gainesville (eastside versus westside). Nineteen shops participated in Shantrel’s study.
Shantrel’s interest in Public Health and HIV/AIDS began in her undergraduate years and strengthened during her MPH degree. Public health is where I belong, she commented. She is also interested in women’s health and sexually transmitted infections.
One of the highlights for Shantrel during the MPH program was her favorite course, International Health, with Dr. Alba Burns. In this course she completed a project on female genital mutilation, which she presented to the Minister of Health from the Republic of Honduras and his high ranking officials.
Shantrel will be graduating with her MPH with a concentration in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the conclusion of this summer and hopes to begin a PhD in Public Health in the near future. After receiving her PhD she would like to obtain an academic or governmental position that will allow her to conduct research focused on assessing HIV knowledge, increasing HIV testing and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness in minority populations, particularly African Americans.
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