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Over the summer, I interned for Special Olympics Connecticut with their Health and Wellness department. Special Olympics’ health programs aim to provide inclusive health care programs and access to people with intellectual disabilities. The Health and Wellness department provides free health screenings and education to their athletes, among other health-promoting programs. As an intern, I helped to develop health education materials for athletes, worked one-on-one with an athlete assisting with tasks, learned about grant writing, and worked to organize their health-related data. One of the data sets that I organized was data from the Special Smiles program, which is the oral health screening discipline of the Healthy Athletes program. Using this data, I then created an informational pamphlet that will be used in the future when presenting to donors, stakeholders, corporate sponsors, universities, and the general public to raise awareness of the oral health status and needs of Special Olympics Connecticut athletes.


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