Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Highlights

Gaelle Sharma

University of Chicago Intern, Summer 2013

Gaelle developed a robust Healthy Chicago toolkit for the Heart Health Mobile application. Heart Health Mobile is a phone app promoted by the Chicago Department of Public Health that allows individuals to assess and track their heart health risk, and share progress with their physician or friends.

At the time of the internship, Gaelle was a rising 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, majoring in the History and Philosophy of Science (HiPSS). When her head isn’t buried in books, Gaelle likes to spend hours out on the tennis courts or meet up with passionate Chicagoans experimenting with open data. Gaelle recently accepted a fellowship position in the Office of the Governor with the team implementing the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

Amanda Cheng

Chicago Field Studies Intern, Spring 2013

Amanda was a Senior at Northwestern University majoring in environmental health when she was accepted as a Chicago Field Studies intern in the Chicago Community Engagement Program. She worked on the PlayStreets project, developing a manual for community organizations involved with PlayStreets, incorporating community partner feedback. After graduating, Amanda accepted a position at the Center for Environmental Health in New York, New York, where she is able to further develop the skills honed at her CCEP internship.

Azmina Lakhani

MPH Culminating Experience Intern, 2012

For her Culminating Experience in the MPH Program, Azmina spent one year working as a Public Service Intern at the Chicago Department of Public Health. As an MD/MPH student at Northwestern's Feinberg School of  Medcine, Azmina developed the PlayStreets program at Chicago. Be sure to attend the next PlayStreets event in your neighborhood! Azmina is now a resident in a family medicine program.

Over the course of about 7 months, she researched the program in New York, figured out how to make it viable in Chicago, assisted with writing the grant application to secure funding from a third party for the project, helped write the Request for Proposal (RFP) so organizations could apply for funding to conduct PlayStreets, and developed evaluation tools to establish baseline metrics for the program and guide future improvement. She was also involved in other projects at the Department, including conducting research to inform reforms to the restaurant inspection program, assisting with writing a report on childhood obesity (a joint initiative between CDPH and Chicago Public Schools), and formulating recommendations for target communities in Chicago in which to enact a children’s mental health initiative.