Thuy Do is an intern at the Lactation Supportive Environments (LSE) program within UCSD Center for Community Health. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management & Policy at San Diego State University. Her passion and interest in supporting families and advocating for inclusivity of breastfeeding within the San Diego community has led her to work with an amazing team under the supervision of Shana M. Wright and Elizabeth Cooper. Some of Thuy’s roles focus on the sustainability of the LSE’s initiative, Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego, through technical support and assistance, which includes website support, enhancement and management, video media development and production, provider training, recruitment and outreach, local partnership collaboration on program promotion, and community engagement through social media platforms. Thuy is delighted to learn and explore the intricacies of public health management and its impacts on a macro-level, through field work and processes implementation with compassionate members and providers.

Thuy has been interning with the Lactation Supportive Environments (LSE) program since November 2019. A first year masters student in Public Health, Thuy has contributed greatly to the LSE team. Below is an internship reflection from Thuy, as well as two resources she created to discuss breastfeeding practices in the Vietnamese population.

Thuy's Reflection

Today marks my seven months (exactly!) as an intern with Lactation Supportive Environments (LSE) and it has been a wonderful journey to explore and learn about the intricacies of public health from these memorable opportunities. I understood that the vision, mission, and values of LSE aligned with my personal and professional interest to advance maternal and infant health through the Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego (BFSD) initiative. However, I was so inspired by the knowledge and involvement the LSE staff, Shana and Lizzy, had shown me about public health through the sustainability projects. From shadowing onsite LSE training sessions to successfully facilitating a provider workshop event with the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC), I was amazed by the work ethic and community collaboration. My graduate experience evolved creatively and pedagogically from major projects, such as undertaking a BFSD program overview video and expanding on a population research of the Vietnamese community in San Diego. More so, it was the immense support that staff from LSE and SDCBC provided throughout my internship. I am incredibly humbled to be involved with the sustainability projects and proud of what I was able to contribute to help with longevity of these stellar organizations. Thank you so much for this amazing internship opportunity!

Breastfeeding in the Vietnamese Population (Powerpoint) PDF

Breastfeeding Practices of the Vietnamese Community (Infographic) PDF


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