This summer, the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC) hosted six remarkable female college students as part of The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship. Through literature review, lectures, and hands on experiences, the Petit Fellows learned about injury and violence prevention and the work of the IPC.
As a part of their Capstone Project, the Petit Fellows had the opportunity to interview staff members at the Interval House, which is a domestic violence shelter in Connecticut. They presented their findings to IPC staff members and William Petit, Jr., MD, president of the Petit Family Foundation, which sponsors the fellowships.
Also, each of the Petit Fellows submitted a testimonial about their experience. The following is a portion of one of those:
Possibly the most enjoyable part of the fellowship was getting to meet and work with so many amazing people. The Injury Prevention Center has an incredible staff who were all willing to jump in and help us whenever needed. Working with the five other fellows was also so inspiring. We all came from radically different backgrounds and have different goals for our careers, but every one of us gained something from this fellowship and taught the other fellows something. I would just like to say thank you to the Injury Prevention Center staff, the Petit Family Foundation, and of course the other fellows. This was an unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.
The other women who participated in the fellowships were Precious Baker, Madeline Eldredge, Deborah Foster, Neha Pawar, and Alyssa Pilkington.
Through these fellowships, the Injury Prevention Center is committed to honoring the memory of Hayley Petit by educating students on the importance of injury and violence prevention. Just as the fellows learned from us, we learned from them. We remain inspired by their ongoing commitments to injury and violence prevention in the future.
Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, is the director of the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center.