Getting to Know: Deasia Lamar, Communications Intern

Following is a Q&A to get to know Deasia Lamar, Communications Intern, who began working at the National Health Council (NHC) in June 2020.  

Putting Patients First (PPF) Blog: You started working at the NHC during the COVID-19 pandemic. What drew you to this internship?  

I was drawn to this internship because I have a strong interest in health communications, and I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  

PPF Blog: You are a student at Howard University, what are you studying and why did you choose this major?  

At Howard, I am studying Public Relations with a minor in Biology. I chose this major because I have a strong passion for communicating complex health information to the public in a concise way. I am a strong believer that when people are presented information in a way they can connect with, they are able to make healthy and conscious choices for themselves and their families. 

PPF Blog: You help the Communications Team run the NHC blog and work on various social media campaigns. Do you have a favorite so far or one you are looking forward to launching?  

My favorite campaign to work on so far was the Science of Patient Engagement Symposium promotional campaign. I really enjoyed drafting social media posts from different perspectives and learning how to incorporate vivid language into our posts. We wanted to make sure that the event receives the attention that it deserves, and it turned out to be a great success! 

PPF Blog: Since starting at the NHC you have been involved in several different aspects of the NHC’s work. Which do you enjoy the most and why?  

My favorite aspect of working at the NHC is writing blogs because it gives me the ability to express my creative writing skills. I especially enjoy writing blogs that incorporate special messages and events.  

PPF Blog: What’s your favorite part about interning at the NHC?  

My favorite part about interning with the NHC is being a part of an incredible team. The communications team is always so kind, helpful, and productive, and they make me feel like I truly fit in as a part of the team. I believe that the work that the NHC does is important, and I love to be a part of elevating the patient voice in health care.  

PPF Blog: Tell us something about you personally. What do you do outside of work? 

Outside of work, I am an executive board member of Howard University’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. I spent the past three years studying Arabic in college, and I am conversational in Spanish as well. I love to sew, knit, embroider, and crochet, and I especially enjoy spending time with my friends and family.