Recent MPH Spring 2017 graduate of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, Johanzynn Gatewood, had the opportunity to intern at the CNN Health and Medical News unit of CNN based in Atlanta, Georgia. This unit has the responsibility of covering health, wellness, and medical news for CNN Broadcasting. Over a three-month span, Johanzynn’s tasks included contributing and writing digital stories and other content for CNN.com/health and conducting research for Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen.
Johanzynn enjoys health communication because it meshes together her passion for public health and her creativity. Johanzynn was intrigued by the idea of using her creativity and the knowledge she gained from the MPH program to disseminate health messages that can change the social climate to encourage healthy behaviors, create awareness, change attitudes, and motivate others to adopt recommended behaviors. This internship has given Johanzynn an invaluable experience in getting important information to the general population.