Caroline Burns is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at SHU. MPH students have the opportunity to complete an Applied Practice Experience where they partner with an external community partner to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting.
Burns is addressing childhood poverty in four census tract areas in the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut. This will be done through a Collective Impact Survey to obtain the stories and lived experiences of the families living in the selected census tract areas. Collective Impact is a public health framework that is used to understand complex social problems. The Collective Impact Survey is the first step in facilitating a system change to overcome the barriers of the high rate of childhood poverty in the Naugatuck Valley. Additionally, Burns will assist with the implementation of specific objectives to improve Maternal and Infant Health outcomes in the Valley, identified in the Naugatuck Valley Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).