re:TH!NK is always fortunate to have interns and AmeriCorps members supporting the coalition. It is with mixed feelings we announce that our summer intern and our two AmeriCorps members- Jamie Constantine, Stevie Brookly and Tae-In Lee (shown left to right in the photo)- will be leaving the Winnebago County Health Department and starting their new journey. They have all worked hard and accomplished so much, and we are truly grateful for all that they have done. While we are sad to have them leave, we are also excited for them and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors. Here are their thoughts about the experience at the health department:

Jamie: “This summer I’ve really enjoyed my time working as a member of the community health and prevention division. I volunteered with the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition for the majority of my teenage years and learned a little bit about public health, but, my internship has taught me way more and provided invaluable experience. My main duties included tobacco-free parks education, working with the youth coalition, and conducting tobacco compliance checks. I’ve also been able to become a part of the social place connectedness team and policy team which has helped me learn more about the public health sector and explore other interests. The time I’ve spent with WCHD has been great and has influenced whatever I end up doing with my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had and hopefully it won’t be the last (wink wink, see you in December?).”

Stevie: “I spent a year at the health department as the Farm to School AmeriCorps, and I would like to thank everyone for all they have done for me. I really enjoyed going to schools and teaching children about healthy eating behaviors and supporting local farmers. I’ve learned so much, and I hope to cherish this experience for the rest of my life. Thank you!”

Tae: “What an awesome and unforgettable year it has been! I can’t express how thankful I am and how much I will miss everyone here. All the experience, the personal and professional growth, and getting to meet and know you are only three of the numerous reasons that I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life. I will be continuing my public health journey at Boston University, but I will definitely be visiting Oshkosh/Wisconsin again.”