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2019 PH-CHE Alum Elle MarkGabrielle 'Elle' Mark, a May 2019 graduate with a public health and community health education major, was crowned Miss Minnesota 2021 in June.  Besides preparing for the 100th Miss America competition in December, Mark will spend the upcoming year spreading the word about the Miss Minnesota scholarship program. She will also promote her social impact initiative, “The Campaign to Change Direction: Changing the Culture of Mental Health.” 

Mark was introduced to the Campaign to Change Direction while serving as Miss La Crosse /Oktoberfest and was drawn to their five habits to help prevent mental health crises.

“This appealed to me as a public health professional,” she says. “I’ve been advocating for the organization since.”  Mark is also working with the campaign’s national office to develop a health habits curriculum for students of all ages.

Despite what happens during the Miss America competition, Mark sees herself returning to school for a master’s degree in public health and epidemiology. She has earned nearly $20,000 in scholarships by competing in Miss America-sponsored events to help fund her dreams.

Study shows UWL, Viterbo students plan to get vaccinated

More than three-quarters of students attending La Crosse’s four-year colleges intend to roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Researchers from Gundersen Health System’s Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University found that 76% of students surveyed at UWL and Viterbo this winter plan to get vaccinated.  

The reasons: 81% think the vaccine will protect them, while 82% think the vaccine will protect others. A total of 78% believe the COVID-19 vaccine will be beneficial in getting things back to normal. 

“I think what surprised me in the study, if anything, was the percentage of students indicating they would get the vaccine when it became available to them,” says Professor Dan Duquette, chair of the UWL Health Education and Health Promotion Department and the study’s lead facilitator. “And one of the main reasons was to help things return to normal.”  

Of the roughly 350 students completing the survey between mid-February and early March, 66% reported they had already received the seasonal flu shot — heeding advice of health professionals to avert a double health crisis. 

Duquette says it was an all-hands-on-deck study for him and his students, along with Associate Professor Matthew Bersagel Braley of the Viterbo Ethics, Culture and Society Department, and Dr. Kim Lansing, Gundersen Health System. UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health WARM (Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine) students from Gundersen and undergraduate students from Viterbo also assisted.  

The research is timely for creating strategies to increase turnout for the vaccine once it’s available to college students, says Duquette. 

“Part of the follow-up messaging needs to point out that most college students intend to get vaccinated — that may inspire some fence-sitters to roll up their sleeves, too,” he says.  

Please see the full story: https://www.uwlax.edu/news/posts/a-vaccine-victory/?utm_source=Campus%20Connection%202021-04-12&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Campus%20Connection&ConnectionDate=2021-04-12


Spring 2020 Preceptorship Students Survive COVID19

Public Health and Community Health Education Major Preceptorship

During their last undergraduate semester, majors in Public Health and Community Health Education participate in a full-time 15-credit service-learning course, PH 498, the undergraduate Public Health and Community Health Education Preceptorship. PH CHE faculty created this experience as a capstone for undergraduate coursework, and participants find this to be a cornerstone for their career.

The objectives of the preceptorship are threefold:

  1. to apply realistically the knowledge and skills attained in the campus setting to specific practical community health education issues in the agency setting
  2. to provide practical service to the agency
  3. to better student preparation for future employment and/or advanced education

About a year before the conclusion of course work, program participants work with a faculty member to align with a preceptorship site reflecting their interests in specific settings, health concerns, populations, and sometimes locations. The faculty adviser arranges a visit between the student preceptee and the agency preceptor who will mentor the student during their preceptorship. Alignments are finalized when the faculty member, student preceptee, and agency preceptor agree on the features of a student-generated proposal.

Public Health and Community Health Education majors are encouraged to learn more about the Preceptorship experience by attending a Public Health and Community Health Education Preceptorship Sharing Expo event sponsored by the Department of Health Education Health Promotion. The Preceptorship Sharing Expo is held at the beginning of the spring and fall semester, and at the end of the spring and fall semester prior to finals week. The Preceptorship Sharing Expo will provide students the opportunity to speak with students who have just completed their preceptorship experience, as well as various preceptorship site sponsors.

Students can go to the Public Health and Community Health Education Preceptorship Sharing web site to view the preceptorship sharing PowerPoint MyMedia presentations of previous PH-CHE students.

Students can also go to the link on the Final Preceptorship Reports tab above to see the written preceptorship final reports submitted by previous Public Health and Community Health Education students. These reports will give students more detailed information regarding individual preceptorship sites and the duties performed by the PH-CHE students during their preceptorship experience.

Check out our News & Events tab at the left for photographs of previous PH-CHE students and their preceptorship expo presentations.

For our students and faculty using Mac OS systems, please make note of the following special instructions. Adobe forms will work with your system, but you may need to take a few extra steps to ensure your form will accept and save your data:

  • Please check that you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader. Open the file using Adobe Reader rather than the Preview function built into your Mac OS. The link to install Adobe Reader is: http://http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
  • To open the form, you must use Finder to navigate to Adobe Reader. Open the Adobe Reader application, then use the “File” and “Open” functions to open the file from the location in which you saved it. The form will not work if you simply double-click it to open it unless Reader is already your default PDF viewer.
  • Once you fill in the form, save it on your computer.

To set Adobe Acrobat Reader as your default PDF viewer in Safari:

  • Launch Safari and choose Preferences.
  • In the Preferences window, choose Security.
  • Under the Internet plugins click on the website settings.
  • Select Adobe Reader and select either allow or allow always, then select Done and close the Preference window.

FORM 1 – Public Health and Community Health Education Preceptorship.pdf

Form 1 and all required background documents must be submitted to your advisor no later than: the Thursday before Thanksgiving for summer or fall preceptorship, by the Friday before spring break for spring preceptorship

Form 1B   Public Health and Community Health Education Preceptorship Site Change Request Form

Form 2 must be submitted to your advisor no later than: the Thursday before Thanksgiving for summer or fall preceptorship, by the Friday before spring break for spring preceptorship


Form III Proposal of Involvement

In-Person Preceptorship Expo Sharing Session Outline

Virtual Sharing Session Outline.pdf

Please see Canvas for the current PH498 course syllabus

PH 498 Syllabus Spring 2021.pdf


PH-CHE Program Advising Sheet updated Oct 2020.pdf

The below links are a temporary direct link to the MyMedia Presentations from the Spring 2020 Preceptorship students. These file links have not yet been added to the Health Education Health Promotion Department MyMedia site forum. 

Kate Bach

Natalie Bachmeier

Haley Barta

Madison Bissonette

Darby DeGross

Laura Fischer

Haylee Hawke

Gabrielle Janovec

Kate Kensmoe

Jenna Randolph

Ashley Risse

Jenna Romanowski

Sam Schuette

Paige Schwenker

Emily Tracy

Brogan Zochert

Kylie Hanrahan