CHAMPS would like to honor and thank 3 of our student interns who are moving on to new adventures: Dekoiya Burton, Dimitri Makrigiorgos and Jonathan Punnose! CHAMPS is housed at The Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center, Boston University’s medical campus. Dekoiya, Dimitri and Jonathan are all undergraduates at Boston University who have each made wonderful contributions to CHAMPS!
Dekoiya is graduating this May with a major in Human Physiology. He has interned with CHAMPS a little over a year as an Offsite Conference Coordinator. He was very involved with the planning for the CHAMPS Learning Summits in New Orleans (October 2015) and Mississippi (November 2015), and has assisted in the planning for the upcoming 2nd Indian Country Breastfeeds Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 9-10, 2016). Dekoiya has also helped with CHAMPion of the Week and put together a social media campaign to raise awareness about breastfeeding and CHAMPS. Dekoiya says his favorite part about the CHAMPS internship has been “learning about how much collaboration, diligence, and interdisciplinary work it takes to deliver equitable, evidence-based medicine to all.” This summer he will work as a camp counselor at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with chronic and terminal illnesses. Dekoiya is applying to medical school with the hope of pursuing an MD/MPH and working with underserved populations. Dekoiya was a constant positive presence in the office, always willing to lend a hand and a smile. His passion for health equity is inspiring, and we know he will go on to become a thoughtful and caring physician!
Dimitri is a rising Junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Biology. He has interned at the Breastfeeding Center for a year and a half, first as an Editorial Assistant for Journal of Human Lactation and more recently with CHAMPS as an Administrative Manager. For CHAMPS, Dimitri has performed a variety of administrative duties including tracking data from our new and existing hospitals, scheduling and participating in our check-up calls and monthly team meetings, and writing some CHAMPion of the Week posts. Dimitri has been known as a fast learner with a positive attitude who performs any task graciously and excellently. He is professional, hardworking, and a valuable member of the team. Longer term, he is still exploring different fields, but is hoping to combine computer science and biology, potentially doing computational biology/bioinformatics. This summer he will be interning at the Massachusetts Open Cloud, and in August he will be traveling to Singapore to study abroad for the fall semester. Dimitri’s favorite part about the internship was “learning more about issues in medicine…and the reasons why the best proven practices aren't practiced everywhere.”
Jonathan is graduating this May with a major in Human Physiology. He has interned with CHAMPS for one year as a Training Coordinator. He helped coordinate three major clinical skills trainings at CHAMPS hospitals and has also worked with program evaluations and data management. Jonathan’s long-term plan is to go to medical school, but first he will be exploring his passion for education. This fall, he will be working for an AmeriCorps program called “Match Corps,” teaching math and anatomy, & physiology at Match Charter Public High School in Boston. Jonathan is articulate and professional beyond his years. In the office he was eager to help with a range of projects and interested in learning more about maternal and child health, the Baby-Friendly Initiative and breastfeeding. Jonathan says, “I was not particularly interested in breastfeeding as a public health topic UNTIL I started working here…My favorite part was learning about all the barriers and social pressures that mothers face when trying to breastfeed. In fact, I was so intrigued by this that I gave a mini ‘Ted Talk’ to one of the peer health groups that I am part of on BU's campus. I used the knowledge that I gained here at the Breastfeeding Center to educate my peers at school.”
Thank you for all your hard work, Dekoiya, Dimitri and Jonathan, and best wishes to you!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each week, we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).