Jenna Kruger, MPH '11
Palo Alto, California
For my summer internship, I worked as an intern for the Government Relations Department at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. My primary goal was to develop an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between hospitals and various levels of government in the United States. My preceptor, Sherri Sager, is the chief government relations officer for the children’s hospital, and I accompanied her to meetings between senior hospital managers and government officials.
Most notably, Sager and I traveled to Washington, D.C., with a family whose child had received treatment at Lucile Packard. There, we met with several members of the U.S. Congress. In each of these meetings, the children told the representatives about their experiences at Lucile Packard and we advocated that the representatives support pertinent legislation that will allow hospitals such as Lucile Packard to continue to provide exceptional care. I also traveled to the state capitol in Sacramento to meet with legislators and advocate for bills on childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activity. In addition, I wrote several policy briefs, reports and letters of support. Over the summer, I learned about health policy issues that confront pediatric hospitals specifically, and observed how hospital managers and the government relations department deal successfully with these issues. My experience at Lucile Packard was invaluable and reaffirmed my commitment to children’s health and health policy.
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- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
- While in Washington, D.C., we met U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, along with the representatives from the California Children’s Hospital Association and the vice president of government, business and community relations from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
- We met with U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, who represents the 10th District in California, and urged him to support several pieces of legislation.
- I traveled to the state capitol in Sacramento for a hearing on physical education in schools.
- A luncheon reception in one of the Congressional ballrooms for the children participating in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals Family Advocacy Days.
- The building where a hearing for state Rep. Tom Torlakson’s bill was held in Sacramento.
- The main entrance to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.
- The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital set up an information booth at the Menlo Park Art and Wine Fair.
- At the Menlo Park Art and Wine Fair, my preceptor and I answered questions from the public about the hospital’s expansion project.
- California’s capitol building in Sacramento.
- We visited the Capitol in Sacramento on behalf of Lucile Packard’s Center for Healthy Weight to meet with legislators about childhood obesity.