Emily Cunis is a junior at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado, studying environmental health and biomedical sciences. Emily became interested in environmental health to explore her interest in disease prevention and the relationship between human health and the environment. During her work with the Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation, she has fostered her interest in tribal environmental health through energy sovereignty and healthy lifestyle education. She hopes to continue her education after graduation and go on to enter a program leading to a dual degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health in order to work to advance the public health of underserved communities.
This summer she is an intern for the Tanana Chiefs Conference Office of Environmental Health through the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP) sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Some of the projects that she will be working on this summer are travelling to villages with other staff members for various presentations, samplings and surveys, wildfire communication plans, rabies control and increasing awareness about bed bugs. Emily looks forward to learning more about the world of environmental health and the unique public health challenges that face the communities of Alaska.
Emily preparing to take off from Hughes
PHOTO CREDIT: TheOdyssey.com. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/score-that-summer-internship