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Lung disease is now the second leading cause of death in the United States. Breathe California Golden, Gate Public Health Partnership (Breathe CA) is seeking a Master’s or Doctoral level intern to help complete a large needs assessment and literature review project regarding lung health & education in the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte.
Location: San Francisco Bay Area (Daly City, CA – just a five minute walk from the Daly City BART station)
Time Frame: Full-time – May/June through August 2014 (approximately 10-12 weeks, with some flexibility)
Our Mission: Through grassroots education, advocacy and services, Breathe California fights lung disease, advocates for clean air and advances public health. We are devoted to addressing the major determinants of lung disease through Tobacco Cessation, Asthma Education, COPD Programs, Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality Initiatives, and Research. We welcome your support to help us achieve these goals.
The internship responsibilities include but are not limited to assessing tobacco use, asthma, COPD, indoor and outdoor air quality in each county, as well as assessing the availability of and barriers to resources for lung health within the catchment area. The project will include:
- Epidemiology Research
- Research related data by age, race/ethnicity, and gender within each County.
- Gather CDC, State and County Health Department & other statistics to build a clear picture of highest prevalence and incidence areas, according to age, population, and health risk.
Possibly broken down by zip code, if that level of data is available.
- Review existing Breathe CA data to see if schools in these areas have been targeted in the past, and if so which programs/curricula were used.
- Make recommendations to Breathe CA on relevant programming to meet the needs of the communities served and at highest risk.
- Utilize GIS mapping, if possible.
- Health & Education Research and Resources
- Review existing reports, need statements and resources to determine if the existing resources are sufficient to meet the health and education needs of these communities. Identify gaps and priorities.
- Identify existing or potential community partners and document by category and/or opportunity.
- Review evaluation data from past programs to identify self-reported participant health and education needs and resources.
- Conduct Key Informant interviews (approx 5)
- Make recommendations about needed changes or additions.
- Funding Research
- Identify current funders of health and education programming in identified counties (gov’t, foundations, individuals, etc.).
- Identify new avenues/potential funding sources for programs that Breathe CA may want to explore.
- Reporting and Presentation
- Develop a comprehensive report about findings and recommendations.
- Create a presentation of the overall project, including processes used.
- Possibly write short article for Breathe CA newsletter about project findings.
- Ability to research epidemiological data, demographic data, and education trends at city, county and state levels.
- Ability to conduct literature reviews and summarize findings.
- Ability to work independently.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Commitment to the mission and values of Breathe CA.
- Ability to successfully report findings and present to staff and leadership team.
This internship is an opportunity to learn from non-profit professionals through a meaningful research project with immediately applicable results, as well as to get involved in an important public health initiative for the Bay Area and Northern CA. A small stipend of up to $100/month will be available for this position to help reimburse transportation and other costs. Contributing to the agency’s goal of preventing lung disease is rewarding and exciting. Interns will learn new skills in a professional setting and gain valuable work experience. Increased depth of knowledge about lung health in Northern California. Direct supervision from experienced staff holding relevant work experience and graduate degrees (MA, MPH, EdD). This is a great resume builder! Upon successful completion of projects and work plans, interns may request recommendations or references from Breathe CA to assist them in gaining future positions, employment, or advanced degrees. This project may be used as an internship, practicum or thesis project if requested.
If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no more than five pages) to Tanya Stevenson, EdD, MPH, VP of Institutional Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call with any questions 650-994-5868, x 308. Applicants without all three required documents will not be considered.
Project Coordinator/Asthma Health Educator
General DescriptionThe Asthma Health Educator will be responsible for implementing all logistics and outreach for the All About Asthma (AAA) training program for childcare providers and parents in both English and Spanish; recruiting new facilitators for the AAA Train the Trainers programs; conducting the All About Asthma Train the Trainer program; revising the AAA curriculum for parent trainings; staffing and developing a formal infrastructure for the San Mateo County Asthma Coalition. This is a grant funded project until June 30, 2015
- Masters in Public Health, and/or four years equivalent experience
- Must be Bi-lingual in Spanish
- Must be well organized and able to handle multiple projects
- Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
- Able to work comfortably with diverse communities
- Must agree to a background check
- Valid California driver’s license.
Desired QualificationsExperience working with diverse population groups in a wide variety of settings to provide health education outreach and programs; ability to conduct training programs in a culturally appropriate manner; experience with community outreach, agency capacity building and coalition building; some knowledge of asthma issues or other issues related to health inequities.
ResponsibilitiesCoordinate the following programs:
- All About Asthma Training programs for childcare providers and parents
- All About Asthma Train the Trainers program
- San Mateo County Asthma Coalition
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