AIHFS: WIC & Special Populations

AIHFS: WIC & Special Populations

I've gone from not posting much at all, to posting very frequently! I want to make sure I keep talking about my dietetic internship and get back on the bandwagon before I fall too far behind. 

For three weeks, I am rotating at a unique clinic in Detroit: American Indian Health and Family Services. It is partially a WIC clinic, and partially a community center, and partially a general health clinic. American Indians are an especially prominent population in Arizona, so I was thrilled to get this rotation.

My first day was a bit rocky -- the preceptor I was going to have was out of town, and the people at the front weren't exactly sure what to do with me. It was lack of communication on my part and theirs; we just weren't able to connect before I showed up for my first day. Luckily, my -now- preceptor found me and sent me through orientation, safety trainings, HIPAA, IT training, and my basic clinical information (drug test, vaccinations and immunizations, and my TB test). Fortunately I had documentation on me, and we were able to get me in the system. The first day was pretty long, three hours of safety videos were required. While the narrator had a lot of enthusiasm in his voice, I can't say I echoed that.

My second day continued with some specialty WIC trainings, and going over competencies and learning outcomes. My preceptor and I reviewed my goals for this rotation, specific interests I have, and what is required by the program. Although I got off to a rocky start, this meeting really kick-started my rotation. From there, I started working on a literature review, created social media posts, and began creating a "goals" handout for the clinic to use in counseling sessions. I did a case consult with the NP about two young patients, one T2D and one pre-diabetic, about education and differences counseling them versus adults. We had a productive meeting, and the following day I got to sit in on her appointment with a T2D man--we reviewed his insulin pump numbers, his monitoring, and made suggestions.

IT WAS SO COOL.

I love the variety that's offered here. On another day, even though the appointment didn't show, I prepared information to incorporate iron-rich foods into a toddler's diet and overall healthy eating at that age (including address the food fights, when your child just refuses to eat). I even printed out a sample menu! At least if the mother reschedules I will be totally prepared.

I also got to see a talent show done by the summer camp children that are here. One of them sang a tradition morning song, and a couple of them rapped! It was great. I also made salsa with the children, and managed to get it all over my pants (apparently putting me in charge of the blender was not a good idea). But the kids enjoyed it!

I'm all about spice, but the kids and elders avoided jalapenos... :(

I'm all about spice, but the kids and elders avoided jalapenos... :(

I also made salsa with the elderly cooking class, and one woman brought her grandchildren! Her little girl got to de-stem the kale and squeeze the limes into the blender :) so cute! The elderly man that was there was very adamant that he had to leave soon, but then proceeded to talk to me about politics for 45 minutes. An interesting conversation to say the least, but I really wanted to talk about why salsa without salt is important for heart health ;)

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