IIHHS Engagement Fellow


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Alexandra Conis

Alex will be serving as the Institute’s Engagement Fellow. She comes from right here in Harrisonburg, and she graduated from JMU with a BA in Communication Studies (concentration in Public Relations), with three minors in Asian Studies, Italian, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She marched with the Marching Royal Dukes all four years in the tuba section, and also performed with an instrumental group for the Chinese Student Association culture show. While at JMU, she worked as a consultant with the Communication Center, a tutor with the English Language Learner Services, and an office assistant with the Office of the School of Communication Studies.

IIHHS engagement fellowship is a year of service dedicated to assisting over two dozen programs established in response to community needs and in collaboration with community human health and wellness organizations. She will conduct research, write public relations pieces, and work on crucial Institute programming like The Poverty Simulation. She is most excited to work with and give back to the community and university that supported her as she grew up. She is passionate about the people of this city and cannot wait to work on the programs of the Institute!


The Position

Each month looks different for the IIHHS fellow. A major priority is contributing directly to IIHHS program services. This month Alex is simultaneously researching and contacting Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) agencies in Virginia for Blue Ridge CASA; editing the Training and Technical Assistance Centers(TTAC) website; managing a social media calendar for TTAC; creating media for the Poverty Simulation using Camtasia; meeting with Bluestone Communications client relations director to work on a style guide and facebook campaign; taping up and organizing the loading dock for Gus Bus; reviewing and reading resources for the Building Cultural Competency Workshop(BCCW); meeting with the leadership team at IIHHS to curate a community relations and faculty relations list; typing meeting minutes for the Healthy Community Council; and preparing for three presentations she will give in March. Alex usually works on 4-5 of these tasks per day. The 2019-2020 will continue these tasks, and will take on other tasks as needed. 


The Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services Engagement Fellow must:

  • Have strong interest in providing services to the community in the health and human service arena.
  • Be a "go-getter", actively seek opportunity.
  • Have computer literacy with standard Microsoft Office Programs.
  • Have time management skills.
  • Have effective communication skills.

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