The goal of the internship is to introduce young people in the 93721 zip code to careers in the medical field. Patrick Turner is the Senior Assistant Director for Fresno EOC Training and Employment Services which manages the internship. “CVS Health conducted a study that found, the 93721 zip code where Sanctuary’s Youth Bridge Shelter is located, is lacking in youth who are entering medical careers. As a result, they are providing a one-time grant to Fresno EOC to provide a first-time career exploration opportunity.” Raihannah is one of four CVS interns earning $15 per hour.
Raihannah’s internship has her working at Fresno EOC Health Services. Her duties include COVID-19 testing and outreach. “I collect samples from individuals with a swab and I also run the tests. I’ve also worked with families enrolled in Fresno EOC Health Services Home Visitation Services, going to different communities in Fresno County, like Coalinga, with a case worker and we help families with access to vital services and provide them with diapers and other basic necessities.”
Raihannah recently learned she will also be helping out with Fresno EOC’s new Monkeypox (MPX) vaccine clinics. Julio Romero, Assistant Director of Health Services says, “She will travel with a registered nurse to different clinics where they will administer the vaccine. In addition, Raihannah also provided feedback for a comprehensive sex education curriculum we are starting at Fresno Unified School District, giving us a young person’s perspective. We want to expose her to our whole Health Services department. We have many different services and opportunities related to health. So, this allows her to determine which field she likes best and which one she might pursue.”
Raihannah says she is interested in pursuing a career in health services. “I do love it. I love caregiving. It’s nice to help someone. And if they’re happy and satisfied, it makes me happy.”
The CVS Health Internship is 200 hours. While Raihannah is working, her daughter is being cared for at Fresno EOC Head Start 0 to 5. Her toddler attends the Jane Addams Child Development Center free of charge.
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