DeKALB – Sarah Blackstone, a graduate student in public health and a lifelong DeKalb resident, is the first recipient of the Toni Lotsof Internship through Health Enhancement, Northern Illinois University’s health promotion program in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Blackstone is working this summer with Live Healthy DeKalb County, a collaborative initiative of Kishwaukee Hospital, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, the DeKalb County Health Department and other community groups. She is assisting with initiatives related to fitness and community gardens.
“I’m really enjoying working with the variety of projects that are part of Live Healthy DeKalb County,” Blackstone said. “It is exciting to be working hands on out in the community, applying knowledge and skills that I learned in the classroom and in my research projects. The people that I’ve met and worked with are great and are committed to making DeKalb County a healthier place to live.”
“Sarah’s passion for health promotion and projects that she has already accomplished during her academic career made her an ideal choice for the first Lotsof Internship student,” said Donna Schoenfeld, director of health enhancement.
This internship provides a stipend for one undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about community health promotion and is willing to work with a number of DeKalb County organizations on improving the health of individuals in the area.
The Toni Lotsof Internship is funded by the Toni Lotsof Primary Prevention Endowment Fund at the NIU Foundation and is named after Dr. Antoinette Lotsof, who was a distinguished faculty member in special education and a DeKalb-area community activist who served on the board of directors of a local community health promotion program, Mother Sunshine. When the program closed in 1982 to become the health promotion program of the NIU Health Service, the board voted to donate the remaining fund balance to support community-based health promotion initiatives.