ANTHC welcomes back summer intern to Health Promotion ProgramApril 14, 2017
ANTHC is committed to strengthening our Alaska Native and American Indian workforce and developing future Alaska Tribal Health System leaders. Last summer, Karolyn Ceron from Kodiak worked as a First Alaskans Institute Intern in ANTHC’s Wellness and Prevention department and Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter). During her internship, she helped support both departments in a number of ways including preparing for the Alaskan Plants as Food & Medicine Symposium and conducting a literature review about behavioral economics and incentivizing patient behavior.
After her positive experience as a First Alaskans Institute intern at ANTHC, Karolyn continued to stay connected with the Alaska Native Health Campus; she joined ANMC’s volunteer services program and continued to volunteer on campus. We are pleased to welcome her back to ANTHC’s Health Promotion program team as the new Program Assistant. She is thrilled to bring her energy and passion in promoting a healthy lifestyle to the Wellness and Prevention department.
Karolyn was recently honored with 2017 Martin Luther King Student Appreciation Award by UAA’s Office of the Chancellor, for making a positive difference as a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. A portion of her recommendation statement reads: “Karolyn Ceron is one of the most dedicated and hard-working students I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is thorough, has an amazing attention to detail, and truly cares about helping her fellow students and coworkers. I am continuously impressed with her sense of compassion for others, as well as her drive to succeed even when situations are challenging.”
Karolyn wants to be a leader in the Native community by helping our people and communities use “community nutrition” concepts to help prevent disease, and encourage traditional foods consumption and an active lifestyle. “I want to help my fellow Alaskans to be happier and healthier, and learn from those who know how to traditionally stay healthy,” said Karolyn.
Karolyn is currently a senior at UAA studying Dietetics and Alaska Native Studies. She plans to continue studying in the areas of Alaska Native Business Management and Indigenous Leadership as well as earn her pilot’s license.