KU intern joins WorkWell Lawrence staff

Ethan Wilms, a University of Kansas senior from Overland Park, has joined WorkWell Lawrence as a full-time intern during the spring semester. He will help coordinate WorkWell’s efforts in the community.

Wilms, a 2012 graduate of Blue Valley North High School, will graduate from KU in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education community health and a minor in psychology.

“While serving as the WorkWell Lawrence coordinator, I will be responsible for collaborating with key employers and community leaders to work together on a shared goal of promoting wellness in the workplace,” he said. “In order to expand worksite wellness in Douglas County, I will support employer efforts to promote a healthier workplace by utilizing evidence-based health promotion programs, facilitating the networking between employers and WorkWell Lawrence mentors, and creating positive workplace environments.”

Wilms also will assist the WorkWell Lawrence executive team by planning leadership team meetings, promoting WorkWell activities in the community and finalizing coordination of the WorkWell Spring Symposium.

“This internship experience will provide me with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting,” he said. “The curriculum of KU’s community health program is geared toward developing students’ skills in assessing community needs, effectively planning and evaluating health programs and helping others to develop healthy behaviors. During my internship experience, I will draw upon the knowledge I have gained from my coursework to empower worksites with the resources and support necessary to improve the health of workers in Douglas County.”

The internship also relates to Wilms’ coursework of helping others develop healthy behaviors through fostering a supportive and positive environment.

“People come from a variety of different backgrounds and must overcome unique challenges in their lives, so it will be crucial during this internship to take a step back and see the situation from each person’s unique perspective,” he said.

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