Sunshine Lickness

Sunshine Lickness

Department: Global Health, 2014

Description of work:
Characterizing Foodborne Illness Incidence Rates and Food Consumption Patterns in the Latino/Hispanic population in Los Angeles County, from 2010 to 2012 “For three months, I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC) unit and the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. I used spatial analysis and statistical techniques to conduct research focused on characterizing foodborne illness rates and food consumption patterns in the Latino/Hispanic population in Los Angeles County from 2010 to 2012. Although analysis was my primary responsibility, I also assisted in three foodborne outbreak investigations, served as the outreach coordinator for Valley Fever engagements, toured the LA County jail, and attended the ESRI GIS conference. At the conclusion of my internship I presented my findings as a written and oral report internally and provided my datasets and code for future continued research. As an intern, I became an integral part of the team, both in independently executing my analysis as well as in assisting with activities and tasks that sought additional support.”

Faculty Advisor: Paul Weiss, RSPH

Partner Organization: Los Angeles Department of Public Health


  • Funding: Recipient of the Latino Health Domestic Summer Practicum Award sponsored by Rollins School of Public Health and the Health Organization for Latin America (HOLA)
  • Publications: Lickness, J. and Leon, J. (2013). Assessing Microbial Contamination on Produce and Farm Worker Hands Throughout the Production Process on Farms and Packing Sheds in Northern Mexico.
  • Presentations: Presented at American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2013.