Jenna (R) at a community health fair
“It was clear to me that the people working at CCI-TAYA truly believed in the importance of reproductive health education and services.”
“Reproductive health can be a scary topic to talk about, especially when seeking help, however I felt that the way CCI-TAYA provides services, it is done in a way where the person can feel comfortable and safe.”
With Labor Day behind us and the rest of the school year ahead, you might be wishing summer had lasted just a bit longer. We certainly do, as we’ve just said goodbye to our summer interns. Our interns are high school, college, and graduate students, and along with providing valuable support for our operations at CCI-TAYA, they also serve as reproductive health ambassadors, spreading what they learn after their internships have ended. For this report, we talked to past interns to give you an inside look at CCI-TAYA’s important work in our community:
How did you learn about CCI-TAYA? Why did you choose to intern at CCI-TAYA?
Kathleen: I had always been interested in reproductive health, so when it was time to do my field placement [for my university’s social work program], CCI-TAYA was at the top of my list. I was so excited that I had the opportunity to intern at a place that deals with issues and topics that interested me. I was able to learn so much at CCI-TAYA about many different things about reproductive health that I didn’t know about, or knew very little about.
Jenna: I learned about CCI-TAYA in 2013 when I was searching for internship opportunities in the DC metropolitan area. CCI-TAYA was unlike other organizations in the area…I loved how their services were up-to-date and engaging. I saw that CCI-TAYA had a Facebook page with accurate and current information geared towards teens. The majority of their staff is bilingual. It was clear to me that the people working at CCI-TAYA truly believed in the importance of reproductive health education and services.
Why do you think CCI-TAYA’s work is important?
Kathleen: I think CCI-TAYA’s work is important because it is a place women and men can go to for help with reproductive issues. Reproductive health can be a scary topic to talk about, especially when seeking help, however I felt that the way CCI-TAYA provides services, it is done in a way where the person can feel comfortable and safe.
Jenna: CCI-TAYA's work is important because it works hard to meet the needs of the community. In order to improve the overall health of our community, it is important that teens and young adults are able to make careful, thoughtful, and informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
Can you tell me about a patient (or situation) for whom CCI-TAYA made an impact?
Kathleen: I feel like CCI-TAYA [made] an impact on all or most patients because I know that at the end of their service they left happy, or with their questions answered. And when I would see them come back weeks or months later I know that they were happy because they came back; they trusted the service that CCI-TAYA provided.
Jenna: There were so many patients positively impacted by CCI-TAYA's services. …I loved that CCI-TAYA provided comprehensive counseling to patients who were pregnant and looking for information about their options. There were times where patients had little to no information about their options when they discover they are pregnant. However, with the help of caseworkers and social workers at CCI-TAYA, they would gain more knowledge that allowed them to make a more fully informed decision about their pregnancy.
Would you recommend CCI-TAYA to a friend?
Kathleen: I would definitely recommend CCI-TAYA to friends, and I have done so. I was able to see how things are done in the office, and how much the people working there care for the clients. I know that if a person [goes] there they will be treated with respect and will be heard with whatever reason or situation they may be visiting the office.
Jenna: Absolutely. The staff at CCI-TAYA care about their patients and deliver compassionate, culturally-responsive, and high quality reproductive health services.
Jenna (front L) & Kathleen (back M) with TAYA team