Multiple MPH Summer 2013 [unpaid] Internships with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, Los Angeles, CA;
Our mission is to eliminate health disparities and foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality care in South Los Angeles. St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (SJWCFC) is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare providers in Los Angeles County. We are a network of 12 federally qualified community health centers and school-based clinics providing medical, dental and mental health care through more than 160,000 patient visits. With a passion for increasing access to quality, community-based healthcare, SJWCFC has grown from a small single clinic in 1964 to a $30 million organization serving uninsured, underserved and economically disadvantaged children and adults in South Los Angeles.
Public Health Intern Job Description SJWCFC Public Health Interns work on a variety of projects conducting field research and providing related support for the organization’s Strategic Initiatives, Outreach, Policy, Program and Clinical Departments under the supervision of the appropriate department director.
Summer 2013 Projects
Several projects are available based on the specific skills and interests of Public Health Internship applicants. With the direction of Department and other supervisors, interns will be given responsibility to create full project proposals and spearhead the work to complete them during the course of the internship.
1. Car Wash Worker Occupational Health and Safety Program Intern SJWCFC has a partnership with the Community Labor Environmental Action Network. CLEAN is a diverse coalition of immigrant rights, legal, and labor organizations committed to improving the lives of working class families in the greater Los Angeles area. The CLEAN Carwash Campaign is a joint effort between CLEAN and the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee (CWOC) of the United Steel Workers. Together CWOC and CLEAN work to support carwash workers standing up for their rights, improve health and safety protections for the 10,000 carwash workers in the greater Los Angeles area, and help keep our water and environment clean for LA communities. The intern for this program would: 1) work with car wash workers to survey their health concerns, 2) develop a system to connect them to the healthcare they need at SJWCFC, 3) develop a report or other ongoing documentation of the occupational health-related problems car wash workers face, 4) assist in the filing of Cal OSHA complaints, 5) develop an employer manual on Cal OSHA regulations including best practices and recommendations to help improve the health of workers in the industry.
2. Restaurant Worker Health Program Intern SJWCFC has a partnership with the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) in LA, an organization that works with restaurant workers to improve wages, healthcare and other conditions in the industry through leadership development and advocacy. The intern for this program would: 1) work with restaurant workers to survey their health concerns, 2) develop a system to connect them to the healthcare they need at SJWCF, 3) support ROC in the development of reports or ongoing documentation of occupational or other health concerns restaurant workers face.
3. Food, Health & Environment Program Intern SJWFC has partnerships with Community Services Unlimited, the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, Enrich LA and others who work to improve access in South LA to healthy, affordable food, parks and gardens for health and well being. The intern for this program would: 1) assist in mapping access points in communities served by St. John’s health centers for healthy food, parks and gardens, 2) design a survey to assess patients’ needs regarding healthy food, parks and gardens, 3) produce a report to disseminate patients’ needs and resources available, 3) assist in program development and recommendations to connect patients with healthy food, parks and gardens.
4. Transgender Health Program Intern SJWCFC has a new and developing Transgender Health Program. The intern for this program would: 1) assist in identifying resources for the health and well-being of transgender people in South Los Angeles, 2) assist in conducting outreach to transgender communities regarding the SJWCFC Transgender Health Program, 3) assist in overall program development and recommendations to connect transgender communities with comprehensive primary healthcare as well as trans-specific health services such as hormone replacement therapy.
5. Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods Program Intern The Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods Project provides in-home case management, health education, comprehensive housing assessments and tenant advocacy for children and adults suffering from housing-related health conditions such as asthma, lead poisoning and skin rashes. Healthy Homes is a collaborative project between St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. In addition to medical services, in-home hazard remediation, and tenants’ rights assistance, the project is focused on systematic public policy changes to housing code enforcement and to establish this as a reimbursable public health prevention model. The intern for this program would: 1) Assist in running and implementing a quasi-experimental study on the effectiveness of the Healthy Homes interventions, 2) Assist in producing reports on the program, 3) Assist in streamlining the referral process between organizations, 4) Assist in policy research, 5) Assist in overall program development and recommendations to improve and increase care and services to tenants and patients.
Roles and Responsibilities
Conduct Internet, library, field-based and other types of research on topics related to the chosen project topic Check facts, compile information, and synthesize information and data to prepare solid draft material for literature reviews, reports, and/or grant proposals, news releases and social media Design and administer surveys; interview patients; conduct needs assessments; conduct data collection and analysis Conduct pre-proposal research to flesh out ideas and best practices Assist in the development of written and presentation materials designed to disseminate results of projects Support Directors on various tasks as assigned Apply knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis to assignments.
Assignments may require travel to local/university libraries, offices of community and other partners collaborating on projects, worksites and other locations. Other duties may be assigned throughout the internship depending on department needs and priorities.
· Bachelor’s degree in public health, health science, or a related field and at least 1 year of experience in technical skills appropriate to an advanced graduate student in his or her field. Note: Current enrollment in master’s degree program in public health or related field is preferred. · Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills in English; ability to write and present data and information in a compelling way to different audiences · Ability to conduct in-person or telephone interviews in Spanish is preferred. · Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment · Strong time management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams · Track record of being able to produce work in a timely manner with flexibility when necessary to adapt to changing work conditions · Interest in addressing health inequities and the social determinants of health to improve the health of South Los Angeles residents · Familiarity with handling attribution (required) · Ability to read carefully, follow directions, and attend to detail · Proficiency in MS Word and PowerPoint · Savvy Internet research skills as well as a willingness to use print materials, in –person interviews and telephone skills for extended research. · Must be able to work long term in the United States without the need for visa transfer or sponsorship.
Skills to Be Developed During Internship
· Communication and networking with public health leaders, community-based organizations · Participation in professional committee group dynamics and processes · Design and administration of surveys; interviewing; needs assessments; data collection and analysis · Tailoring of resource designs for professional and community audiences · Strategic planning · Outcomes measurement · Report preparation · Writing and developing oral and written presentations and trainings · Familiarity with local organizations that provide professional development in the social determinants of health
Additional Internship Details
· Open start and end timeline, inclusive of 400 hours or time needed to fulfill academic internship requirements. · Internship position is unpaid. · Location: 808 W. 58th Street, Los Angeles 90037 · Please send a Cover Letter and Resume to: Lisa Hubbard, Director of Strategic Initiatives/Public Affairs, LHubbard@wellchild.org