4-Safety Program Announces 2015 Dunkin’ Donuts Injury Prevention Scholars Internships

June 18, 2015

Nine local college students awarded summer internships at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

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The 4-Safety Program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Dunkin’ Donuts Injury Prevention Scholars Internships. The scholars program awards summer internships to college students who live in or attend school in Rhode Island or Bristol County, Massachusetts. During their 10-week internships with the 4-Safety Program, the scholars will attend community events to promote summer water safety and will create community outreach plans for 4-Safety’s future injury prevention topics.

All interns receive a stipend of $2,000, as well as tuition for a course at the Brown University School of Public Health titled “Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health: How Can the Communities We Serve Become the Healthiest Places for Children?”

The nine interns accepted into the 2015 program are: Akosua Adu-Boahene of Brown University; Catherine Cherry of Providence College; Elizabeth Mello of the University of Iowa; Hailey Mullen of the College of Holy Cross; Joanna McDonough of Providence College; Joseph Donnelly of Dartmouth College; Sarah Tondreau of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Tori Kinamon of Brown University and Olivia Veira of Brown University.

“We are thrilled to have welcomed our first group of scholars this June,” said Michael J. Mello, MD, an emergency medicine physician and director of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where the 4-Safety program is based. “Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of one and 44. It is critically important that we continue to educate our local students about the burden of injury in our communities and strategies for injury prevention and control.”

“We are very excited to offer this opportunity to such a talented group of students and to complement their coursework with actual in-the-field learning,” said Patrick Vivier, MD, director of the division of general pediatrics and community health at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and director of interdisciplinary education programs at the Brown University School of Public Health. Vivier is the instructor for the summer public health course in which the scholars will be enrolled. “We see the summer scholars program as an innovative opportunity to help train the next generation of child health leaders,” said Vivier.

The Dunkin’ Donuts Injury Prevention Scholars Internship program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who either reside in or attend school in Rhode Island or Bristol County, Massachusetts. For more information on semester internships with 4-Safety and the September opening of applications for the summer 2016 Dunkin’ Donuts Injury Prevention Scholars Internship, visit www.4-Safety.org.