Internship Opportunities - Graduate

School of Community Health Sciences

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Mission of the MPH Program:

The mission of the School of Community Health Sciences is to develop, disseminate, and apply knowledge with an ecological approach to protect and promote the health of populations statewide and worldwide.

Internship:

"All MPH Students must have planned, supervised, evaluated practice experience; in a variety of settings, but especially state and local Health Departments; Preceptors must be qualified public health professionals." Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 2005 accreditation criteria.

The purpose of the Internship requirement is to provide each MPH graduate with significant practical public health experience in a community-based agency outside of the University. While CEPH specifically mentions state and local health departments above, there are a wide variety of local organizations that would qualify for internship sites.

Students must register for a total of three credit hours of CHS 798, and complete 270 total work hours. This course should not be taken until the Student has completed and passed the core courses in public health. Students must complete all applicable documentation and assignments at least one week prior to the last day of the semester.

It is the student's responsibility to locate and arrange an Internship experience. The student's Faculty Advisor and the Internship Coordinator will assist the student in this process. Emphasis should be placed on arranging an Internship experience that will provide the student with new skills and experiences, where the student will be working in a professional capacity. Once a site and Preceptor (site supervisor) have been identified and arranged, student will work with all parties to complete the Internship Student Learning Contract, which outlines student goals, objectives, and competencies to be addressed during the Internship.

The Student Learning Contract must be signed by all parties and submitted to the Internship Coordinator prior to the start of any Internship hours. Preceptors must have significant education and/or work experience in public health in order to qualify. Final determination of Preceptor qualification will be made by the Faculty Advisor and Internship Coordinator.

Student Learning Objectives:

  • After completion of this course, students will understand the characteristics and skills needed to succeed as future public health practitioners, researchers, educators, and leaders.
  • After completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the knowledge base for public health through research.
  • After completion of this course, students will be competent in applying key skills to engage with multiple communities through professional and scholarly service.
  • After completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the importance of diversity in multiple public health venues.
  • After completion of this course, students will be able to apply their knowledge to develop innovative and effective solutions to public health problems.

Contact

Melissa Krall, LSW
mkrall@chanevada.org
(775) 336-3031 (Direct)

  1. Health literacy evaluation of patients and development of point of care systems to improve.
    Health illiteracy is prevalent within healthcare in general but has an even more important impact upon overall healthcare delivery and care provision within the FQHC setting. Our setting serves a disproportionately higher level of lower socioeconomic, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and illiterate populations leading to increase stress for both patients and providers. Components of internship:
    1. An evidence-based assessment of impact of health illiteracy on overall health indicators for the FQHC,
    2. Development of simple, quick point of care tool to assess level of health literacy that can be integrated into our eligibility/registration (Practice Manager) and EMR,
    3. Creation of a "toolbox" of resources for care teams to be trained on to help overcome health illiteracy and its detrimental consequences.
  2. Cultural impacts on diabetes, diabetes care provision and systems for point of care delivery. Components:
    1. Ethnographic assessment of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) within the Latino/Hispanic population focusing on cultural perceptions, beliefs, and practices.
    2. Evidence-based assessment of how perception of and socio-cultural influences on Type 2 diabetes can affect the healthcare indicators of diabetes.
    3. Creation of training module for care teams to review and learn how to provide culturally competent care to Latino/Hispanic patients with T2D.
  3. Childhood obesity epidemiology and impact analysis of the CHA Healthy Weight Program (HWP). Components:
    1. Develop and assist with implementation of an evaluation tool to assess impact of the new CHA Healthy Weight Program.
      PLUS ANY COMBINATION OF THESE ITEMS:
    2. Epidemiology and assessment of current status of childhood/adolescent obesity in national, state, and local populations.
    3. Evidence-based assessment of impacts that childhood/adolescent obesity has on future and current health status of the individual patient, population, and the US healthcare system in terms of health indicators and dollars.
    4. Assessment of the prevalence and correlation between parental obesity and childhood/adolescent obesity. Examine how perceptions/attitudes/beliefs of obese parents impact development of or prevention of childhood obesity, with special emphasis on Hispanic populations.
  4. Type 2 Diabetes Group visit program research and development:
    Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a pandemic in our nation. Using the group dynamics theory, group visits have been developed to provide broader impact to a large number of persons simultaneously while allowing for peer support and group learning. Components:
    1. Review and report on the epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes in the US.
    2. Examine and report upon currently available literature regarding use of group visits for care management in the context of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Specifically review for literature related to group visit programs and their impacts within FQHCs and Hispanic populations.
    3. Develop a program to institute group visits for T2D and childhood obesity that fits into the Community Health Alliance system taking into account the practicalities of logistical planning such as meeting space, number of attendees that can be accommodated, scheduling processes, and personnel needed.
    4. Outline a short-course curriculum of topics for group visits targeting T2D. (You do not need to develop the specific curriculum, just a topical outline hitting the major educational components relating to patient education and treatment of these conditions).

The Office of Suicide Prevention in partnership with the Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities and the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking a Public Health Intern to work with the Washoe County Medical Examiner to analyze data from medical records and interviews from family and loved ones of the decedent to determine past suicide attempts, escalation of lethal means, connections to care, and any other pertinent information not typically given on a death certificate (domestic violence military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, etc.). This project will aid in a better understanding of circumstances around the suicide and opportunities for prevention prior to the death by suicide. It will also facilitate the development of a tool to aid in data collection during a suicide death investigation.

Contact

Misty Vaughan Allen, MA
mvallen@health.nv.gov
(775) 687-0848

The Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities is based on other fatality review committees in the state and nation considered to be best practice tools. Currently there are few suicide fatality review committees nationally. New Hampshire and Maine have provided technical assistance and lessons learned as the Nevada committee developed. The process includes a multidisciplinary review team which compiles information to review suicide deaths. The review process allows the committee to identify opportunities for prevention and develop recommendations to improve systems that impact the prevention of suicide. The Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities is authorized by Nevada Statute (NRS) Chapter 439.5102. AB29 was enrolled in June, 2013 - the purpose is to prevent future deaths by suicide in Nevada by making recommendations for law, policy, practice changes, staff training and public education based on data from suicide fatality reviews. The Committee will gather information from national review committees and teams across the country that have been examining individual deaths to understand and evaluate: the death investigations; the causes of deaths; the systems that touched the life of the deceased; the relevant risk and protective factors; and the actions that should be taken to improve systems and catalyze prevention. Although only a few cases are reviewed each year, these are examined in depth to understand the circumstances that led to the suicide fatality and identify areas to improve coordination and communication, as well as potential recommendations for changes to prevent future suicide fatalities. Cases are selected by the committee members based on data trends or special community concerns such as veteran suicide. Confidentiality procedures include all members signing a confidentiality agreement at all review meetings to remind participants of the confidential nature and create a record of participants for each case review meeting. This project would enrich our data with information that isn't often reported or even asked about.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has a vision that their investigations are comprehensive, scientifically sound, and compassionate.
The mission of the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office is to investigate unexpected and unexplained deaths in order to identify and report on the cause and manner of death. We apply scientific investigative techniques and medical procedures, using integrity and compassion to serve families and public agencies impacted by sudden unexpected death. The office is staffed by highly trained, compassionate and dedicated individuals to include one Chief Medical Examiner, one Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, one Assistant Medical Examiner, two Medicolegal Death Investigator Supervisors, eight full-time Medicolegal Death Investigator/Technicians, one Administrative Assistant, one Forensic Medical Transcriber and ten part-time Medicolegal Death Investigator/Technicians.

The Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is the clearinghouse suicide prevention information in Nevada. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Northern Suicide Prevention Training/Outreach Facilitator, along with the Suicide Prevention Assistant are located, in Reno. The Southern Suicide Prevention Training/Outreach Facilitator is located in Las Vegas. This team is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Nevada Suicide Prevention Plan (NSPP to be updating in FY 2016). A major initiative is partnering with Veterans organizations to prevent suicide among service members, veterans, and families. Collaboration for awareness/prevention/intervention is occurring in all regions of the state along with strong partnership from local coalitions, school districts, and the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Some of our most successful initiatives with our partners have been with Signs of Suicide middle and high school suicide awareness curriculum and screening programs state wide, text messaging crisis intervention, safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings. NOSP is staff to Nevada's first Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities. NOSP is also making great strides toward increasing awareness about addressing access to lethal means through the Suicide-Proof Your Home, Securing Firearms Education and The 11 Commandments of Gun Safety. Collaboration with Nevada School Districts on SB 164 requirements through safeTALK training is occurring in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education. In addition Youth Mental Health First Aid training is in our communities through NOSP and Project Aware. NOSP will coordinate statewide YMHFA training with all Project Aware grantees and community partners.

Contact:
Misty Vaughan Allen, MA
Suicide Prevention Coordinator of Nevada
Office of Suicide Prevention
Division of Public and Behavioral Health
(775) 687-0848
Cell: 443-7843
9670 Gateway Drive, Ste. 200
Reno, NV 89521
mvallen@health.nv.gov
http://suicideprevention.nv.gov/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
With Help Comes Hope
1-800-273-TALK
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Contact

Lisa Coker, MPH, CHES
lisa@immunizenevada.org
775-624-7117

Immunize Nevada is a statewide network of individuals, businesses, public health entities and organizations committed to improving and protecting the health of children, teens, adults and seniors in Nevada.
Established in 1995 as a small group of citizens concerned about Nevada's immunization rate being the lowest in the country, Immunize Nevada now consists of hundreds of statewide partners working together to help improve the health of Nevadans through vaccination and health awareness, outreach and education.
Immunize Nevada is seeking an MPH intern to develop a project around increasing adult immunization rates and increasing use of the Standards for Adult Vaccine Practice under a grant that the CDC has awarded Nevada. 
Grant activities include:
Increasing the routine clinical practice of assessing which vaccines are needed for adult patients
Improving and expanding healthcare providers' recommendation for needed adult vaccines among their adult patients
Inform providers about adult immunization recommendations, coverage rates, and the Standards.
Assess barriers to implementing the Standards
Identify strategies to implement potential approaches such as expanding effective reminder/recall or standing orders, or other Evidence Based methods as described in the Community Guide to Prevention (as we identify)
Developed methods to track progress for implementation of these strategies

Internship in Kenya

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Distant Relatives
Location Kilifi, Kenya
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI

Project Description

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of health education curriculum related to communicable diseases, nutrition, and/or WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)
  • Community design and implementation of a permaculture and nutrition project
  • Design of a community based nutrition social enterprise and health promotion program related to moringa fruit, environmental resources, and traditional medicine

International Internship in Shaipur District, Naria, Bangladesh

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Duwell International
Location Shaipur District, Naria, Bangladesh
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI

Project Description

Duwell is seeking an intern for one of the following projects:

  • Development, administration, and analysis of a community health needs assessment to determine clinical and public health priorities for a newly funded clinic
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of health education curriculum related to communicable diseases, nutrition, vaccines, and/or WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)

Internship location: Ascuncion and Upcountry Paraguay

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Future Kind
Location Ascuncion and Upcountry Paraguay
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI

Project Description

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of health education curriculum related to communicable diseases, nutrition, vaccines, and/or WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of a TB prevention, testing and treatment program
  • Research, development, and implementation of a comprehensive sexual health, family planning, and maternal child health program
  • Needs assessment, grant writing, and fund development for a health clinic for indigenous peoples in upcountry Paraguay

*These projects can take place in the urban center of the landfill of Ascuncion or in the rural indigenous areas of Paraguay

Nanchang University (Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, China)

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Nanchang University
Location Nanchang City, China
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI

Project Description

Topic: Chinese Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Chinese Rural Healthcare Needs Assessment. Students will work with Chinese MPH students to design the questionnaire, arrange, and conduct surveys. During the five weeks in China students will join and participate the surveys for five weeks. After returning to US, students will continue work with the same group of Chinese students for cleansing the data, analyzing collected data and potentially publishing the findings.

Internship opportunity in Liberia

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Raise Your Hand Foundation
Location Liberia
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI/HAP

Project Description

  • Research, development, and implementation of a public health preparedness program for Ebola and other potential threat response
  • Development, implementation, and analysis of a survey related to health care access and conducting a community health needs assessment
  • Workforce development training design and implementation for medical providers to learn the essentials of public health prevention efforts

Internship in Rwanda

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Red Rocks/Niyo Cultural Centre
Location Rwanda
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI

Project Description

  • Evaluation project related to resiliency and social improvement measures of a local NGO who empowers poverty stricken children through music, culture, dance, and social integration
  • Evaluation project related to a social enterprise and empowerment program among widows in rural Rwanda
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of health education curriculum related to maternal/child health, communicable diseases, nutrition, and/or WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)

International Internship: Maralal or Kuria, Kenya

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization Samburu Girls Foundation/Msichana Empowerment Kuria
Location Maralal or Kuria, Kenya
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH

Project Description

  • Curriculum development and evaluation of female empowerment interventions, maternal child health education, and/or sexual health initiatives to assist young females who have been victims of female genital cutting, child marriage, or traditional beading practices
  • Trauma and resiliency research study. Students will take collected ACEs scale and trauma data to plan programs and interventions for at-risk youth. Student will also design a resiliency and self-efficacy survey to implement as evaluation measures for existing intervention programs

Internships in: Ghana, Peru, India, China, Armenia

Contact

Gerold Dermid
gdermid@unr.edu

Agency/Organization University of Utah - International Health Programs
Location Ghana, Peru, India, China, Armenia
Payment UNPAID
Track SBH/EPI/HAP

Project Description: The University of Utah has several unpaid internships in the above mentioned countries for summer 2017. Students in all three track would be eligible for the opportunities. Specific needs and projects vary by site. However, all focus on global health and international development.

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Nevada Cancer Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit partnership of healthcare agencies, providers and community partners working together to unite organizations and empower Nevadans with information and resources to reduce cancer cases in Nevada and improve cancer survivorship and quality of life through prevention, education, and advocacy.

Contact

Kristen Power, Communications Director
kristen@nevadacancercoalition.org
775-737-4056

About Nevada Cancer Coalition

Nevada Cancer Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit partnership of healthcare agencies, providers and community partners working together to unite organizations and empower Nevadans with information and resources to reduce cancer cases in Nevada and improve cancer survivorship and quality of life through prevention, education, and advocacy.

About the Internship

We are seeking an energetic, outgoing, and motivated strategic communications intern with an interest in health or cancer-related topics. The intern will help with a variety of public relations and communications activities including researching and writing blog posts, articles, and news releases; developing and publishing social media content and evaluating results; assisting with the development of infographics and other educational materials; assisting with a monthly membership newsletter; and ensuring that information on NevadaCancerCoalition.org is up to date.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and understanding of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn
  • Creativity and technical skills to use visuals to convey information ranging from a simple message to complex data
  • Computer savvy; Helpful programs to know include: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; Wordpress or similar CMS; Constant Contact or similar email platform; Canva; Pixlr or similar photo editor
  • Ability to think on the fly and participate in creative brainstorms for communications and outreach to further the reach of Nevada Cancer Coalition
  • Good judgment, good decision-making ability, and dependability
  • Passion for the Oxford comma

Interested applicants please email resume along with 2-3 writing samples to:

Kristen Power, Communications Director
kristen@nevadacancercoalition.org
775-737-4056
www.NevadaCancerCoalition.org

Nevada Cancer Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit partnership of healthcare agencies, providers and community partners working together to unite organizations and empower Nevadans with information and resources to reduce cancer cases in Nevada and improve cancer survivorship and quality of life through prevention, education, and advocacy.

Contact

Kristen Power, Communications Director
kristen@nevadacancercoalition.org
775-737-4056

We are seeking an energetic, outgoing, and motivated intern with an interest in community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and engagement to help develop a community volunteer program for NCC's Sun Smart Nevada initiative. Sun Smart Nevada is a skin cancer prevention program that focuses on sun safety education, skin cancer early detection, and sunscreen use in the community. Sun Smart Nevada has many requests to "table" at community events by sharing sun safety information and providing free sunscreen stations. In order to expand our reach and spread the Sun Smart Nevada message further into the community, NCC is developing a community volunteer/Sun Smart Nevada ambassador program.

Internship Tasks:

  • Develop a list of volunteer roles and responsibilities.
  • Create a volunteer orientation and training toolkit to educate volunteers on sun safety and skin cancer prevention, as well as their role as a volunteer.
  • Coordinate with program manager to identify upcoming volunteer opportunities and needs.
  • Create and disseminate volunteer recruitment materials.
  • Enroll and begin training volunteers.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer savvy-helpful programs to know include: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
  • Sound judgement and dependability
  • Community outreach and/or volunteer experience
  • Leadership skills and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to lift up to 30lbs

Interested applicants please email resume and cover letter to:
Kristen Power, Communications Director
kristen@nevadacancercoalition.org
775-737-4056
www.NevadaCancerCoalition.org

1305 Grant – State Public Health Actions (Diabetes, Heart and Stroke, Obesity, and School Health)

Contact

Dr. Michael Lowe
mailto:mlowe@health.nv.gov
775.687.7562

Program Description: CDC supports efforts nationwide to reduce the risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Through a federal grant, all 50 states and the District of Columbia receive funds to help prevent these chronic diseases. This program focuses on healthy environments in workplaces, schools, early childhood education facilities, and in the community. This program also focuses on working through health systems and communities to reduce complications from multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The goal is to make healthy living easier for all Americans.

Project Overview/Internship Description:

The main purpose of this project is to utilize Medicaid data to help support the objectives of the 1305 program.

The primary goals of the internship project using Medicaid data are:

  1. to estimate the prevalence of chronic diseases in the Medicaid population,
  2. analyze the data to identify screening and outreach opportunities relating to chronic diseases for the Medicaid population, and
  3. quantify the cost of chronic disease conditions among Medicaid sub-populations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain experience in applied epidemiology through attending epidemiology and surveillance workgroup meetings and the primary project
  • Understand the basics of a claims-based administrative database (Medicaid) and ICD-9/10 codes
  • Develop proficiency on data cleaning and analysis using the Excel and SAS.
  • Conduct literature reviews using PubMed and other online search engines.
  • Provide a presentation on the findings to the DPBH's internal staff and leadership and external partners in Nevada.

*Preferred Intern Track:

  • Master of Public Health – Epidemiology is the ideal track but the program is open to Master Students from other tracks

**Student Level Experience:

  • Master level

Direct Supervisor

  • Michael Lowe, PhD - CDC State Assignee Epidemiologist

Qualifications:

  • Research and data analysis experience
  • SAS and Excel proficiency
  • Possess good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Previous experience with large databases (not required but a plus)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Strong data analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ethical and professional business behavior
  • Self-motivated and self-directed to work within a team and/or work independently
  • Extremely detail-oriented

Deliverables:

  • Report on the findings
  • Presentation on the data analysis of the data to stakeholders

Heart and Stroke Prevention Program at Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Contact

Masako Berger
mberger@health.nv.gov

Program: Heart and Stroke Prevention Program at Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Program Description: The Heart and Stroke Prevention Program is federally funded through the CDC 1305 grant, and is placed in the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions (CDPHP) section at Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The mission of the CDPHP section is to maximize the health of Nevadans by improving policy, systems and environment that influence quality of life. The Heart and Stroke Prevention Program works with critical partners including the Nevada Health Center (NVHC), one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Nevada, HealthInsight, which serves as the Nevada's Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, Nevada Rural Hospital Partnership and Southern Nevada Health Districts.

Project Overview/Internship Description: The goals of the internship project is: 1) complete the data analysis of NVHC's health profile data from 2015 to 2017, 2) conduct literature reviews and identify the appropriate quality improvement intervention, which can be implemented in the NVHC, and 3) provide a presentation on the findings to the DPBH's internal staff, NVHC's leadership and clinical staff and other critical partners working on the efforts to improve the clinical outcomes related to heart and stroke measures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop proficiency on data cleaning and analysis using the Excel and SAS.
  • Conduct literature reviews using Google Scholar, PubMed and other online search engines.
  • Attend meetings with Nevada's critical partners working on the activities related to Heart and Stroke Prevention.
  • Conduct needs assessment, identify the appropriate quality improvement intervention and develop recommendations for implementation of quality improvement intervention in FQHCs.
  • Provide a presentation on the findings to the DPBH's internal staff and leadership, NVHC's leadership and clinical staff and other critical partners in Nevada.

*Preferred Intern Track:

  • Master of Public Health

**Student Level Experience:

  • Master level

Direct Supervisor

  • Masako Horino Berger, RD, MPH - Health Systems Manager
  • Michael Lowe, PhD - CDC State Assignee Epidemiologist

Qualifications:

  • Research and data analysis experience
  • SAS and Excel proficiency
  • Previous work experience at community organizations or in clinical settings
  • Possess good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Strong data analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ethical and professional business behavior
  • Self-motivated and self-directed to work within a team and/or work independently
  • Extremely detail-oriented

Deliverables:

  • Presentation on the data analysis of clinical data in one of the Nevada's Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • Report on the findings

The goals of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) are to prevent initiation among youth and young adults, eliminate nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke, and promote quitting among youth and young adults. The program seeks to establish and maintain a comprehensive tobacco control program in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s framework. A policy, systems and environmental change based approach is not only based on current science, but is also the most efficient use of the limited resources available for tobacco prevention and control in Nevada.

Contact

David S. Olsen
dolsen@health.nv.gov
775.684.4237

In collaboration with statewide partners, the program expects to achieve:

  • Increased restriction of tobacco use and enforcement of anti-tobacco policies and programs in schools and on college/university campuses
  • Creation of tobacco-free policies
  • Increase in the number of health care providers and health care systems
  • Increased insurance coverage for cessation services
  • Increased awareness, knowledge, intention to quit, and support for policies that support cessation

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Internship

Through a partnering organization the TPCP has recently had the Adult Tobacco Survey conducted which has produced a dataset. Recently, a report was produced with analyses of these data. However, the program has a need for additional analyses that were not included in this report. Additionally, there may be more analyses that could benefit the program upon more exploration. The program would welcome an interested graduate level student with an interest in biostatics and/or epidemiology. Basic experience with SAS or SPSS would be beneficial. If there project is able to be completed early, there are shorter special projects that the intern could learn from which would help develop additional skills. Below is an outline of the proposed project:

Project Title: Tobacco Data Surveillance Analysis

  1. Create new ATS analyses including the following as required analyses:
    1. Attitudes and perceptions analysis by tobacco use status
    2. By sexual orientation (n will be small)
    3. By age for at least 6 questions
    4. Explore data visualizations (charts, graphs, infographics)
  2. Explore BRFSS and other data for tobacco surveillance
    1. Brainstorm and prioritize potential requests
    2. Write and submit requests
  3. Examples:
    1. 2011-2015 BRFSS combined smoking rates overall v. veterans to check for significance
    2. Updated 5 year trends for prevalence of tobacco use
  4. Deliverable: Recommendations Report including ATS analyses and data visualizations

Potential Mini-Project: Surveillance of Tobacco-related Medicaid Billing

  1. Research ICD and CPT tobacco related codes
  2. Organize codes for developing surveillance system

Thank you for your interest.

Contact Information:
David S. Olsen
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Coordinator
Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Bureau of Child, Family, & Community Wellness
Division of Public and Behavioral Health
4150 Technology Way, Suite 210 Carson City, NV 89706
Office: 775.684.4237 Cell: 775.230.6589
dolsen@health.nv.gov

More information about Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV): MPH Intern

Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) provides statewide advocacy, education and support of the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We are here to support Nevada’s direct-service organizations that help serve victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families. NNADV supports our member organizations by providing resources, assisting them in finding financial resources to maintain their operations, and providing educational opportunities for their staff, board members, and volunteers, ensuring they have access to best practices.

Contact

Judy Henderson
judyh@nnadv.org
775.828.1115 ext. 15

As NNADV, we provide a resource library, advocacy training, and technical assistance to many of Nevada's domestic and sexual violence programs. Our purpose is to help Nevada's communities respond effectively to the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence.

In January 2017, we will officially become the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. This time of transition will include a much broader and more inclusive approach to support direct-service organizations. A MPH intern will learn about this processes, the excitement and the challenges that present when conducting needs assessments, statewide training opportunities, organizational rebranding and creating a new website. This statewide experience will be an asset to and enhance their experience.

The Position

We currently have one opening that would be housed in our Reno office and this position would be as a volunteer.

As part of our statewide work, we host a Statewide Health Care Leadership Team that meets quarterly. We are currently working on the development of an online toolkit for healthcare providers. Its purpose is to create an easy access portal that can be used by all healthcare providers to access information on how to screen for relationship abuse, intervene appropriately, document, and provide referrals to community-based advocacy programs. This toolkit is in its early stages so the intern will be key in taking the ideas and concepts from this Team and making them a reality. We have collected quite a few materials that need to be reviewed and formatted for website posting. We currently have a list of resources posted that needs updating.

This is an exciting project that has the potential to reach all healthcare providers across Nevada. We welcome an intern to adopt this project as their own with the guidance of the Statewide HealthCare Leadership Team and our staff.

Americans spend well over $100 Billion dollars annually on lower back pain. By identifying movement abnormalities before they cause damage, these costs can be significantly lowered and many people helped to avoid the pain and disability that chronic lower back pain can cause.

Contact

Kirk Sachtler, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CSCS, Cert.DN
kirk@perfpt.com

Goal 1: To determine the incidence and prevalence of movement disorders and Low back pain syndromes as a result of growth spurts in adolescent and teen children.

Goal 2: To develop a community based educational program to educate physicians, school coaches, and parents regarding this syndrome.

Goal 3: To develop a simple platform to train physicians, coaches, and parents in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of this syndrome.

Requirements: The successful intern will need to have excellent presentation skills, will need solid skills in the use of computers and multimedia, and be a competent researcher. Additionally, it would be most helpful if the intern had experience in exercise, sport, or other fitness-based activities.

Contact

Edie Mattox
702-759-1201
Mattox@snhdmail.org

Location

Las Vegas, NV 

Potential Internship Projects in OCDPHP:

  • Conduct an evaluation of the Coaches Health Challenge Program
  • Develop content, message and expansion strategies for Soda Free Summer Initiative; Develop a Sugar Sweetened Beverage Display Kit
  • Review and update content and recommendations for several online programs including the Get Healthy Holiday Challenge and the 10 in 10 Program
  • Assist with social media message content and conduct website user audits

Potential Internship projects in ODS:

  • Assist in setting up procedures for the Needle exchange project.
  • Evaluate the Needle exchange project, with some survey and community engagement.

Clinical Services Focal Areas:

  • Communicable diseases: population level responses, biopsychosocial considerations, underserved/never-served populations, and program development
  • Violence: an overarching public health issue with a focus on prevention, intervention, response, and referral to community partners
  • Health disparities: assessing burden of disease, injury, violence and subsequent barriers to achieving optimal health and initiatives to promote and obtain optimal health
  • Programmatic: community needs assessment, data analysis, program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Prevention/Intervention: evidence based and/or research informed practices to improve population health, address communicable diseases, and reduce violence and injury across the life cycle
  • Capacity building: clinical services workforce, enhancing programs, new initiatives, community partner collaboration, research, funding
  • CHO: a project on access to care; another on public health funding; a third on chronic diseases

Contact

Kathleen Sandoval
ksandoval@childrenscabinet.org
775-219-0315

Opportunity 1: Connecting Kids to Coverage (for MPH Health Administration & Policy Area)

Work with program manager and community health workers on outreach activities to promote the program. Work with team to create outreach materials, policies and procedures, implementation plan, and outcomes/evaluation tracking for the new program.

Opportunity 2: Technical Assistance for Socio-Emotional Interventions (TACSEI for Social & Behavioral Health)

Work with program coordinators to collect and review child care program level data to assess the effectiveness of TACSEI implementation. Assist with TACSEI program outreach areas.

More information about Uganda Village Project

Contact

Thomas Karrel
tom@ugandavillageproject.org
(203) 451-6278

As a grassroots public health organization working in rural villages, Uganda Village Project offers interns hands-on experience in the following areas:
Monitoring and Evaluation: collecting household surveys to measure knowledge and behaviors
Work in an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural team (interns from Uganda, US, Europe, Australia, and more)
Collaborate with community leaders to identify and address a village's most pressing health concerns
Conduct educational sessions (sensitizations) in coordination with Village Health Team Members (VHTs)

Our internship has also served as a practicum for some students, and we encourage students with varying levels of travel and professional experience to apply. To give you more insight into the experience of our interns, we have attached a blog post from our team from the Nabirere village in 2016.

We would appreciate if you could pass along this opportunity to your students.

If you would like more detailed information, please feel free to contact me directly to schedule some to talk or visit our website to learn more.

Lean Systems Redesign Intern

Contact

Katie Mosby, MHA
Katie.Mosby@va.gov
(775) 789-6647

About

VA MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

ABOUT RENO VA: The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS), Reno, NV, provides primary and secondary care to a large geographical area that includes 20 counties in northern Nevada and northeastern California. The Reno VA is the teaching affiliate of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, the state's only medical school, and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work.

ABOUT SYSTEMS REDESIGN: The Secretary of Veterans Affairs established Lean as the official change methodology for our Blueprint for Excellence and approach for improvement. The Blueprint for Excellence as the MyVA initiative is what drives System Redesign improvements within each facility. The Systems Redesign team here at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System coordinates and facilitates all Lean process improvement efforts to remove waste (overproduction, defects, waiting, non-utilized talent, excess motion, extra processing) and provide the best services for our Veterans. The SR Team provides Lean training and coaching for employee-driven teams participating in process improvement projects using Lean methodology. We collaborate with local and national Executive Leadership Teams to ensure projects are aligned with strategic planning at all levels. We encourage you to consider joining our team, which values a healthy home/work life balance and is consistently rewarded by the role played in keeping the promise to those who served.

Duties

OVERVIEW: The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System Lean Intern works under the direction of the Chief of Systems Redesign. Incumbent is expected to attend 40 hour Yellow and Green Belt training from April 10th to April 14th 2017. The incumbent will then co-lead, as a Green Belt candidate, transformational activities which improve quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency throughout the organization to complete Green Belt Certification.

The incumbent will assist the Systems Redesign Team in facility-wide efforts for the establishment of Lean project management, specialized support, and guidance for hospital strategic planning and performance improvement. This internship will provide the incumbent mentorship and coaching by the Systems Redesign Team during the entirety of the internship. The incumbent will be expected to attend and co-facilitate project meetings, meet with the hospital's leaders and stakeholders, learn/use Lean tools and processes, advocate for Lean adoption in improvement efforts across the health care system, build spreadsheets and trend data, and act as a team player.

Work Schedule

Part-time between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; hours to be coordinated with Chief of Systems Redesign Service based on candidate's availability. (5 to 20 hours max per week).

Basic Requirements

  • Review supporting documents, data, guidelines and directives, process maps, etc.
  • Utilize data bases to retrieve data.
  • Team player, open minded, innovative, and energetic.
  • Deal effectively with people from a wide variety of educational and socioeconomic backgrounds involving sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Effective communication skills. Demonstrates the ability to creatively organize and communicate information in writing for the appropriate audience and accomplishes the intended purposes. Listens with the intention of understanding. Demonstrates ability to communicate verbally with effective use of body movement, posture, position, eye contact, verbal and non-verbal skills.
  • Utilize Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Excel, Visio, and Word.
  • Respect for all people.

Preferred Experience

  • Junior of Undergraduate through Graduate level education course work.
  • Basic understanding of healthcare systems.
  • Basic understanding of project management and Lean.
  • Problem solving skills: Assists other in resolving problems, by helping to clarify issues and identifying and evaluating alternatives. Involves facilitating the process, rather than providing answers.
  • Questioning skills: Appropriately uses the following types of questions to learn, clarify, gain understanding and encourage a speaker (open-ended questions, focused questions, closed questions, probing questions.)
  • Worked with interdisciplinary teams.

Duration of Internship

April 2017 to August 2017 (extension is possible as needed by Service for continuing students).

Contact Information

For any questions or to set up an interview please contact:

Katie Mosby, MHA
Systems Redesign Coordinator
Katie.mosby@va.gov
775-789-6647

More information about Washoe County Health District

The Washoe County Health District provides field study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the following educational institutions: Orvis Nursing School (OSN), University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) School of Community Health Sciences

The Office of District Health Office at the Washoe County Health District has two MPH internships available. See Below for details.

Contact

Sara Dinga
sdinga@washoecounty.us
775-328-2401

Internship One

The Washoe County Health District, Office of the District Health Officer, is looking for a Master's in Public Health intern to further the objectives of the Washoe County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) as they relate to food security for residents of Washoe County. The CHIP can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.washoecounty.us/health/files/data-publications-reports/CHIP%20-%20FINAL%2001.28.16.pdf

The internship will involve research, attendance at community meetings, development of documents and/or presentations, data collection, evaluation, and attendance at a minimum of one community event. This is a paid internship. Please contact Sara Dinga, Director of Programs and Projects, at sdinga@washoecounty.us for more information.

Internship Two

The Washoe County Health District, Office of the District Health Officer, is looking for a Master's in Public Health intern to further the objectives of the Washoe County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) as they relate to behavioral and mental health needs for youth in Washoe County. The CHIP can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.washoecounty.us/health/files/data-publications-reports/CHIP%20-%20FINAL%2001.28.16.pdf

The internship will involve research, attendance at community meetings, development of documents and/or presentations, data collection, evaluation, and attendance at a minimum of one community event. This is a paid internship. Please contact Sara Dinga, Director of Programs and Projects, at sdinga@washoecounty.us for more information.