Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Equity and Social Justice Internship (Washington, Dist. Columbia, USA)

Position Number: TBD Date Posted: 09/03/2010

Position Description

NACCHO Health Equity and Social Justice Internship

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has an immediate opening for a Health Equity and Social Justice (HESJ) Intern. This is a paid internship lasting through December with the possibility of extension. The internship requires strong analytical, interpersonal, and writing skills. General responsibilities include creating multi-media content for a web-based health equity curricula; providing research assistance and analysis; promoting the project among NACCHO members; providing logistical support in meeting planning; and other duties as assigned.


NACCHO is the national organization representing all 2,800 local health departments in the country. NACCHO works to support efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems. NACCHO is the national voice of local public health.

About the Health Equity and Social Justice Program:

NACCHO's HESJ initiatives explores why certain populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease and mortality and what health departments can do to better address the causes of these inequities. The goal of NACCHO's HESJ initiatives is to advance the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to tackle the root causes of health inequities through public health practice and their organizational structure. NACCHO's HESJ initiatives include the Learning Collaborative for Health Equity and Social Justice.

About the Learning Collaborative:

The HESJ will be a web-based learning community available to all LHDs in September 2011. Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Collaborative will offer LHD staff a place to investigate the relationship between social injustice—the fundamental cause of health inequities—and public health practice. The community will use self-paced activities and exercises, as well as rich multimedia and resource materials to explore, reflect, analyze, and strategize.

Internship Goals and Objectives:

Goal: To gain experience and knowledge about working in local public health and to contribute to the HESJ Learning Collaborative initiative.

Objectives: By the end of the internship, the intern will be able to…

Collaborate in course design and website development planning
Explain public health activities and programs relevant to local health departments working towards health equity
Understand policies, practices, and procedures within a non-profit association environment
Understand the conceptual underpinnings of health equity work
Understand the role of local health officials and the agencies they lead within the public health system

Desired Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Public Health, social sciences, education, communications or another closely-related field preferred.

Internship Responsibilities:

The intern will be housed in NACCHO headquarters in Washington, DC, and will be responsible for the following:

Attending trainings beneficial to individual learning or career growth
Capturing action items emerging from curriculum and web development meetings
Coordinating communication with LHD members who are volunteering to test curriculum materials
Coordinating Learning Collaborative meetings
Helping to acquire and prepare website assets
Helping to prepare a Continuing Education Credit proposal to the Centers for Disease Control
Managing a database of curriculum development and project management materials
Reviewing literature and research to inform curriculum development

Selection Process:

Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume to: Attn: Health Equity and Social Justice Internship. or

e-mail mailto:58118-CJB-0@naccho.hrmdirect.com No phone calls, please.

Please email your resume in MS Word, RTF, HTML, or ASCII text format. If you wish to enclose a cover letter, please include it in the body of your email message.


The successful applicant will possess the following knowledge, ability, and skills:


Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in health equity issues
Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment
Knowledge of web design and development processes
· Ability to think creatively and follow-through on curriculum development contributions
· Ability to complete tasks within assigned time frames
· Ability to coordinate meeting logistics
· Ability to develop and maintain databases
· Ability to multi-task
· Ability to work effectively within teams
· Ability to work independently as necessary to achieve high performance in position
· Ability to communicate well with the public on the phone, via email, and in person

· Excellent web research skills
· High degree of accuracy in all aspects of work
· Strong analytical skills
· Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Powerpoint; substantive experience with Adobe CS4 desired
· Strong interpersonal skills
· Strong oral and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills; ability to maintain accurate files
Email Address: 58118-JB--7@naccho.hrmdirect.com

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