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Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Education & Training

Trinidad & Tobago Summer Internship 2013


The Summer Internship Programme on Climate Change & Public Health introduced secondary school students to public health and climate change issues and tools needed to effect change, inspiring them to pursue a career in public health.

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health conducted this program in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine's Campus (Trinidad & Tobago). The Institute's successful Trinidad-based Social Determinants of Health Internship Programme for Caribbean Secondary Students, conducted in 2012, was adapted to focus on the impact of climate change on public health in Trinidad and Tobago. The collaborative program development process resulted in a five-week community engaged program to provide training, public health career exploration and community-based internships in local organizations for current or recent secondary school students. These students were exposed to activities related to the following:

  • Information on health and climate change; risk management
  • Public health surveillance and opportunities to use climate information
  • Core concepts in public health and epidemiology
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Systems for surveillance and support and interagency cooperation
  • Environmental justice

This internship culminated with presentations at a closing ceremony on August 16, 2013.

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