Graduate Internships

All Master of Public Health students are required to complete an internship to earn their degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. The purpose of this internship is to provide students with real-world experience working in a community-based setting outside of the University. Students can find internship opportunities below.

Community Agencies and Prospective Internship Supervisors

If your community agency or organization would like to have undergraduate or graduate interns, please submit an Internship Project DescriptionFor prospective supervisors/preceptors, refer to our Field Study/Internship Handbook that discusses how to set up an internship agreement, supervisor responsibilities and more. 

Graduate Internships

Contact: June Hunter, Health Systems Manager, Cancer Control
Phone: (775) 828-2208
Email: jane.hunter@cancer.org
Website: www.cancer.org

Choose between the following

HPV Vaccination:

1. A project (gap analysis) that will help us determine why Nevada primary care providers are not routinely and widely administering the HPV vaccine - What are the barriers specific to Nevada and what specific steps can be taken to improve HPV vaccination rates in Nevada?

2. A project (parent-focused) on HPV vaccine hesitancy - Why are parents hesitant to have their child/children vaccinated? Is vaccine safety a factor or is it more cultural e.g., are anti-vaccine movement gaining in Nevada?

Contact: Gayla Ouellette, Executive Director
Phone: (775) 827-3866
Email:
 gayla@amplifylife.org
Website: www.amplifylife.org

Children and adults with disabilities experience social exclusion, isolation, and multiple forms of discrimination in every aspect of their lives. Many of our clients do not have friends who come over after school, or get invited to birthday parties unless it is for a sibling or relative. However, when given the opportunity to socialize and bond with people who accept them just the way they are, they know how to make friends and how to enjoy a party! We see this every day. Kids who exclaim that they now have a best friend, or a caregiver who cries picking a camper up after a program where they danced and sang for the first time. This is what we do. This is what we love. It is our mission. We BELIEVE that all people deserve to laugh, have fun, sing, dance, go to pizza parties and enjoy life and to have the opportunity to fully participate in the economic, social, and cultural life of our community.

Amplify Life, previously named Camp Lotsafun after our flagship summer camp program, has a 44-year history that began in 1973 when people with special needs were often relegated to institutions and separate classrooms, isolated from the rest of the population. It was during that time that we ran our first recreational camp with the idea that these individuals not only deserved the same opportunities to experience independence, social joy, and self-realization as their friends and neighbors, but also that they would actually thrive given the opportunity to grow, learn new things, and venture out of what was, for many, a small, closed world. For many years we provided summer camp programming only, but today, due to high demand and a lack of services for persons with disabilities, we offer year-round programming that emphasizes social enrichment, independent living skills, community engagement, and inclusion through a variety of community partnership day camps, short programs, and overnight recreational camps through our flagship program Camp Lotsafun, which consists of multiple seasonal camps three to six days in duration.

We serve any child, teen, or adult with an intellectual, developmental, learning, communication, and/or emotional disability between the ages of seven to seventy plus years. We never age beneficiaries out of our programs, as this is where they connect, learn, and grow, even into their later years.

Our programming integrates a progressive curriculum in safe and supportive recreational environments designed to ensure that everyone has inclusive leisure opportunities with friends, which is paramount to feeling part of one's community. This is especially critical for young individuals who have recently aged out of the education system and middle-aged and senior individuals with limited access to recreation who often lack the day-to-day opportunities to interact with peers. For many of our adult clients, Amplify Life is the only time they see friends. Our donors, partners, and incredible volunteers make this possible.

In addition to meeting the needs of our clients, we also provide much needed respite to families because we understand that caring for a child or loved one with a disability can be overwhelming, exhausting, and incredibly stressful. In fact, rates of abuse and neglect are higher in the disability community due to this stress and strain. We want to prevent that stress and give caregivers the chance to take a break, get their shopping done, spend time with their spouse or other children, or just breathe for a minute, while their camper is safe and having fun in our programs.

As a UNR volunteer or intern earning your civic service hours, your experience with us will be through providing support to our programs and working directly with our special needs clients in our 12,000 sf Skills and Recreation Center or programs out in the community.

Contact: Melissa Krall, Director of Population Health Management
Phone: (775) 336-3031
Email: mkrall@chanevada.org
Website: www.chanevada.org

Agency Mission:
COMMUNITY HEALTH ALLIANCE - C.A.R.E.S. -COMPASSION - ACCESSIBILITY - RESPECT - EXCELLENCE - SERVICE. At Community Health Alliance, we believe everyone should have access to high-quality health care services, including dental and behavioral health. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center, serving all ages with affordable care, with or without insurance.


Graduate Internships
Title: Healthy Weight Program (HWP) and Wellness Projects
The CHA Healthy Weight Program is ripe for projects that would benefit the program and the MPH student. We are continuously
improving our programming for our patients. We are also beginning the development of an employee wellness program. Additionally, we are in the early stages of production of a community obesity prevention program via the Washoe County Health District Community Health Improvement Plan. All programs are founded on healthy behavior using the foundation message of 5-2-1-0 developed by the Let's Go! program in Maine. Our greatest need is the development of outcome measurement methodologies for all programs, but other options in regard to program development and implementation are available.

Title: Geomapping of CHA Populations
It has been more than five years since CHA conducted a GIS mapping project of our population, which assisted with the strategic planning of services and service locations. This project would be in conjunction with clinical and executive leadership to identify topical areas for evaluation. Evaluation areas could include chronic disease, nutrition, behavioral health, cultural diversity, and health literacy, but other areas of interest are possible.

Title: CHA Needs Assessment, Patient Satisfaction and Planning
Description: CHA is dedicated to providing professional services for patients that meet their individual and family needs in a safe, welcoming setting. As we continue to grow and expand, we have opportunity improve our physical facilities and our methods of patient care. This intern would be responsible for working with a small subcommittee to develop and implement patient surveys and focus groups that would direct the future expansion of CHA's growth. Our federal funding source (the Health Resources and Services Administration or HRSA) requires that CHA conduct a community needs assessment routinely. We have usually used other agencies' assessments rather than completing our own. The purpose of the assessment would be to assist in health planning throughout the community, and to support targeted health interventions. Using existing data sources, the Needs Assessment would address the following issues:
• Current data on population health status and health care utilization at the zip code level in Washoe County;
• Disease rates, where possible, by geographic area, income and race/ethnicity;
• The degree to which health care needs are met for specific populations;
• Nature and extent of unmet needs;
• Health care utilization.

Title: Healthy Weight Program (HWP) and Wellness Projects for CHA Employees
Description: This project would include assessing the CHA workplace in implantation of 5210 messaging. Key components would include:
• Identifying barriers within CHA workplace for employees to achieve 5210 personally.
• Identifying areas of improvement.
• Creating four events for employees - one event for each 5210 message.
This project may be building on existing building blocks of an employee Wellness Committee and involve working with multiple
departments. WIC Manager Katie Damon will co-supervise. Among other resources - https://mainehealth.org/lets-go/adultprogram/employers/tools

Title: Health Literacy Evaluation of Patients
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:
• An evidence-based assessment of impact of health illiteracy on overall health indicators for the FQHC,
• 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,
• Creation of a "toolbox" of resources for care teams to be trained on to help overcome health illiteracy and its detrimental
consequences.

Contact: Jenica Finnegan, CBESS Project Coordinator
Phone: (775) 682-7877
Email: jfinnegan@unr.edu
Website: www.unr.edu/raggio-center/projects/community-of-bilingual-english-spanish-speakers

Nevada is a cultural mosaic requiring health care professionals to not only understand a variety of languages, but also cultures. Though interpreter services may be used to help with language barriers, ideas are potentially lost in translation. Despite its diverse population, diversity in Nevada's healthcare workforce is lacking, resulting in linguistic and cultural barriers to healthcare access. The Community of Bilingual English-Spanish Speakers (CBESS) aims to dismantle this barrier by increasing the number of Spanish-English bilingual (SEB) students who pursue careers in healthcare. CBESS will achieve this by recruiting SEB high school students starting during their junior of high school and expose them to a variety of STEM careers through career exploration events and a three-week summer residential research program. If you have a passion for STEM education, underserved communities, and healthcare then we have summer internship opportunities available for graduate students starting in June. Activities include conducting a literature review, volunteering at the summer residential program, and conducting a capacity needs assessment with members of our Community of Practice.

Contact: Helen See, Biostatistician
Phone: (775) 684-5997
Email:
 hsee@health.nv.gov 
Website: dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/Office_of_Analytics/DHHS_Office_of_Analytics/

Chronic Disease Dashboard Project (Summer 2019)

Data driven solutions to public health issues are becoming the standard practice in informing public health planning, programming, and evaluation. As the demand for current and up-to-date statistics regarding prevalence and incidence of disease continues to grow, state and public agencies struggle to disseminate aggregate data at rates which local agencies request. One of the fasting growing tools that public agencies are using to quickly and easily disseminate data, is the use of interactive dashboards. Interactive dashboards allow the user to visit a webpage and select data measures which illustrate rates, percentages, or trends in downloadable tables or graphs, as well as the ability to crosstab these measures by demographic characteristics. An excellent example of an interactive dashboard can be found at the following CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence/index.html

The Office of Analytics at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has available an internship opportunity to work with chronic disease data and online dashboarding. The intern will learn and apply standardized SAS coding and programming skills to pull aggregate data that will be uploaded to the chronic disease dashboard to be available for public use. The intern will work de-identified data from the Nevada Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), to upload aggregate prevalence of chronic disease to the State of Nevada Chronic Disease Dashboard. The Dashboard needs to display the most common chronic disease indicators broken down by region (Clark County, Washoe County and Balance of State), and broken down by race/ethnicity, sex, age, and income. Currently, the State has the basis for a Chronic Disease Dashboard started, but would benefit from extra help in pulling and posting the data for public use.

Contact: Nicole Batien, Health Program Manager 2
Phone: (775) 684-5022
Email: nibatien@health.nv.gov
Website: dpbh.nv.gov

1. Development of patient satisfaction survey and tracking for data analysis
2. Development of Quality Assurance Review tools, policy, and tracking for data analysis
3. Data gathering and compilation of community resources for rural and frontier communities

Contact: Joe Dibble, RDN, Nutrition Coordinator
Phone: (775) 684-4252
Email: jdibble@health.nv.gov
Website: www.nevadawic.org

The Nevada State WIC program is interested in working with an intern on improving WIC nutrition services and WIC nutrition education for our current and future participants. The specific project will be based on our current programmatic need(s), and will include a formal assessment, intervention/programmatic update, and evaluation components. In addition, the intern may gain experience in other WIC services, procedures and program elements. The duty station is 400 West King Street, Suite 300 Carson, City Nevada. The intern must have a valid drivers license.

We are a nonprofit policy institute focused on delivering independent, fact based, and well‐reasoned analysis of critical policy issues that advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada. We aim to provide independent and reliable policy analysis that builds public trust and to inform public debate, expand public engagement and promote connectivity. The Guinn Center's areas of focus include: education, health, tax and fiscal policy, economic development, and natural resource security.

Contact

Nancy E. Brune, PhD, Executive Director, nbrune@huinncenter.org, (702) 916-0746

Guinn Center Website

ABOUT THE GUINN CENTER: The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities ("Guinn Center") is a nonprofit policy institute focused on delivering independent, fact based, and well‐reasoned analysis of critical policy issues that advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada. We aim to provide independent and reliable policy analysis that builds public trust and to inform public debate, expand public engagement and promote connectivity.The Guinn Center's areas of focus include: education, health, tax and fiscal policy, economic development, and natural resource security.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Guinn Center provides students with the opportunity to conduct public health research to inform public policy. The Guinn Center is interested in developing evidenced‐based research on a variety of topics to inform the Nevada Legislators, residents and stakeholders.

The Guinn Center is seeking student interns in the area of public health, broadly speaking. Interns may be asked to support research and data collection in a number of different topics. Some of the research projects may include:

  1. Access to care - health coverage expansions, workforce capacity issues, potential role of telemedicine
  2. State strategies to address prescription drug pricing
  3. The opioid epidemic and access to behavioral health supports - monitoring trends in opioid prescribing; access to and use of medication-assisted treatment and other needed behavioral health supports
  4. Monitoring the impact of Medicaid Expansion in NV (access to care, economic impact, impact on uncompensated care) and comparison to other Intermountain west states that did not expand Medicaid
  5. The impact of hospital closures on rural communities
  6. Trends in 1115 waivers including the impact of work requirements on Medicaid enrollment, expenditures, the uninsured, uncompensated care
  7. Assessing hospital community benefit activities
  8. Workforce issues
  9. Out-of-network and balance billing issues
  10. The use of Medicaid managed care plan flexibility to fund programs to address social determinants
    Health security preparedness and impact of domestic and international tourism and how potential impact on Nevada public health and disease transmission.

INTERN LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. To participate in and contribute to the public policy development process
  2. To collect, organize, and summarize information from individuals, organizations, government agencies, and communities in order to analyze, implement and evaluate policy activities
  3. To evaluate alternative policy decisions

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit letter of interest, current CV/resume, a 10‐30-page writing sample, and two references to: Lorena Rodriguez at lrodriguez@guinncenter.org with "Internship" in the subject heading.

LOCATION: We are physically based in Las Vegas (Guinn Center, 3281 S. Highland Drive, Suite 810, Las Vegas, NV 89109) but we have supervisors in Reno.

Contact: Lauren Guest, Public Health Preparedness Planner
Phone: (808) 241-3496
Email: lauren.guest@doh.hawaii.gov
Website: health.hawaii.gov

The Hawaii Department of Health's Kauai District Health Office is looking for an MPH student to assist in the development of a bank of written and audio health messages that can be used during emergency response operations. These messages will address health risks associated with Hawaii's highest risk hazards to ensure that HDOH is able to provide accurate and timely health messaging during an emergency.

Contact: Lily Davalos, Outreach Manager
Phone: (775) 624-7112
Email: lily@immunizenevada.org
Website: www.immunizenevada.org

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.

The project will involve the Meningitis B vaccine and its policies. This project may involve researching state-level policies, applicability to Nevada, and creating educational content for Immunize Nevada.

Contact: Shayla Holmes
Phone: (775) 577-5009
Email: sholmes@lyon-county.org
Website: www.lyon-county.org

Lyon County Human Services (LCHS) is seeking an intern to assist with an innovative program that falls within the social and behavioral health track. With social and behaivoral health focusing on understanding psycho-social, behavioral, community, and societal influences and creating interventions that eliminate specific barriers to health across the lifespan, LCHS believes a public health intern would benefit from being involved in the newly funded grand parents raising grand children program. LCHS would also benefit as a host site by gaining new insight along with the knowledge a current student has to offer.

Parenting is a challenge the first time around and becoming a parent a second time can be a greater challenge. The number of grandparents and older relatives who are raising grandchildren has been slowly increasing for decades. The families are typically referred to as a "grandfamilies" which is used to describe families who are taking care of a relative's child; frequently a grandparent but also other relative caregivers.

Grandparents raising grandchildren can have a sense of fulfillment but it can also have negative effects on the grandparents. Grandparents raising their grandchildren experience hardships, emotionally, physically, and fiscally as compared to their cohorts who are not raising their grandchildren. More specifically, these types of grandparents are more prone to experience depression and psychological distress than those grandparents not raising their grandchildren.

Given the increasing number of grandparents raising grandchildren and the effects that stem from raising grandchildren, there is a definite need for intervention targeting this population. Nevada has a 6.4% increase in the last 10 years of children raised by relatives due to alcohol or drugs. Caregiver stress may be exacerbated because the children may have physical or cognitive health challenges resulting from their parents' substance use, Caregivers have to both navigate those challenges, and access and pay for appropriate health care and developmental services.

Lyon County Human Services (LCHS) is proposing a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program with the goal of increasing the quality of life of grandfamilies. This will be completed by addressing the multiple, complex issues faced by grandparents who have taken the responsibility of primary caregiver. The program will provide a central point of access for information and linkages to available services among county programs and the community at large. GRG will also serve to identify needs and resources, collect data and advocate on behalf of grandparents.This program will be structured using evidenced based programming such as Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA), Powerful Tool for Caregivers (PTC), or Family Treasures.

LCHS would utilize a public health intern to run support groups, host community gatherings for the target population, provide information specific to the target population, and educate the community about the importance of this program.

Contact: Gerald Ackerman
Phone: (775) 738-3828
Email: gackerman@med.unr.edu
Website: med.unr.edu/statewide

Intern would be responsible for:
1. Rural Health related topics
2. Interprofessional Education Project
3. Medicare/Medicaid Access
4. Rural Veterans Access to new clinic
5. Other based on interest of student

Contact: Andrea Rivers
Phone: (775) 684-4243
Email: arrivers@health.nv.gov
Website: dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/Office_of_Analytics/DHHS_Office_of_Analytics/


Internship opportunity within the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Analytics to assist in the analysis of healthcare data utilizing Medicaid claims data. This would include calculating and preparing analysis showing fiscal impact of rate proposals; reviewing and analyzing changes in federal and state law to determine impact.

Contact: Carmen Ponce
Phone: (775) 684-5965
Email: cponce@@health.nv.gov
Website: dpbh.nv.gov

Description of current project:
- Comprehensive Epidemiological profile in Nevada including
a) Incidence 5 years cumulative and trends
b) Mortality 5 years cumulative and trends
c) Risk factors distribution for selected types of Cancer. Annual and trend.
d) Utilization of health care services
- Comprehensive Epidemiological profile of Childhood Cancer
- Epidemiological analysis of HPV related cancers in Nevada
- Calculation by SEER software of Life span risk of development of cancer, probability of dying for cancer, and 5 years survival percentage of the 10 more frequent types of cancers

Contact: Steven Messinger
Phone: (775) 887-0417
Email: smessinger@nvpca.org
Website: www.nvpca.org

The Nevada Primary Care Association (NVPCA) is the membership organization for Nevada's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The state currently has seven CHCs providing high-quality patient-centered health care at 33 sites across the state to over 93,000 patients. A majority of health center patients are either covered by Medicaid or are uninsured, and 97 percent have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

NVPCA is looking for an intern with a passion for helping underserved communities and a curiosity for learning how the safety net meets (and fails to meet) their needs. This position will report to the Policy Manager preparing data analysis on the demographics, finances, and clinical quality performance of the FQHCs. This analysis will be used to inform quality improvement efforts in the health centers and integrated into educational materials used to tell the health center story to policymakers in Congress, the Nevada Legislature, and across the state.

NVPCA will also be conducting an analysis of Census and public health data to identify areas of greatest need in the state that could be served by a health center expansion. GIS skills are favored, however, a motivated individual with a strong desire to learn GIS would be a good fit. Additional projects depend on policy developments, but could include analysis of proposed legislation in the Nevada Legislature or Congress, analysis of Medicaid policy changes, and contributions to the design of Alternative Payment Methodologies to implement Value-Based Payment in the CHCs.

This internship is available to start either in January to coincide with the Legislative Session or in May as the Session nearing the end. A January start would provide more policy analysis experience, while a May start would focus more on data analysis.

This position pays $15 per hour.

Contact: Jessica Flood
Phone: (775) 203-1287
Email: jessica@nrhp.org
Website: nrhp.org

The Northern Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board is experiencing a need for support in collecting, synthesizing, and presenting useful data that will inform the board on its behavioral health policy decisions. The intern could provide assistance in developing and coordinating a community survey and focus groups/community forums, and integrating this data with state level data to provide a global understanding of behavioral health in our region.

Contact: Allison Cladianos
Phone: (775) 997-7585
Email: acladianos@nnhopes.org
Website: www.nnhopes.org

The Northern Nevada Alliance for Health and Justice (NNAHJ) is a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) that assists patients of HOPES with their health harming civil-legal needs. Our program is a partnership between Northern Nevada HOPES and Washoe Legal Services, a civil legal aid organization. The NNAHJ is the first MLP in the state of Nevada and was established in May 2017.

Our program sees the entire rage of civil legal issues, from landlord/tenant disputes, divorce and custody for victims of domestic violence, and appeals for SSI and SSDI. We also provide legal education clinics to increase legal literacy, knowledge, and awareness of health harming civil legal needs in the community. The greatest challenge to MLP programs is being able to tie the legal intervention to improved health outcomes.

We are currently in our second year of funding, about to enter our third, and we would like to develop an evaluation plan that includes process, outcome, and impact measures.

Contact: John Packham
Phone: (775) 784-1235
Email: jpackham@med.unr.edu
Website: med.unr.edu/statewide

Description of project:
1. Minimum data set (MDS) development for health professions in Nevada, and the utilization of MDS-generated data for health policy planning and development.
2. Addressing the technical assistance and data needs of rural boards of health, including the development of population health dashboards and benchmarking capacity to inform rural health policy planning and development.
3. Designing and implementing community health needs assessments (CHNA) for requesting rural hospitals and policy makers, and the utilization of CHNA-generated data and findings for community health improvement planning and implementation.

Contact: Shannon Dobbs
Phone: (775) 345-5227
Email: contact@ocgreno.org
Website: ocgreno.org

Description of project:
-Organize the nonprofit business models developed by On Common Ground to address the unique challenges of food insecurity, lack of food access, and food waste across the US, for the purpose of creating an online database of informational tools which can be disseminated to other nonprofits and municipalities sharing this struggle.
-Develop a cohesive layout to assist site visitors in easily accessing and utilizing the OCG knowledge base. Research and potentially implement additional elements to enhance usability of data presented. Implement strategies to share information with educators and active entities in a usable format.
-Promote awareness about barriers and the need to implement sustainable systems to makes nutritious food easily accessible to everyone, while feeding hungry people and reducing food waste. Take the cultural, personal and medical dietary needs and preferences into account.
-Enhance On Common Ground (OCG) community outreach and education in line with OCG's Branding Strategy & Strategic Communication Plan.

This is an unpaid internship, as OCG is entirely volunteer run. We believe in matching interests and skill sets to tasks. Includes:
-Active role in program planning, fundraising and event coordination
-Development and integration of outline and project management plan for semester
-Individual and team outreach

Motivated interns passionate about helping people have the opportunity to help shape the development and implementation of On Common Ground's grassroots work feeding hungry people and reducing food waste. Includes:
-Community outreach and education
-Engaging volunteers and identifying upcoming opportunities, roles & responsibilities
-Research and data gathering
-Engaging partners and stakeholders

We believe each potential intern has unique skills and knowledge beneficial to OCG. Essential criteria for success:
-Be an active advocate for On Common Ground and partner organizations
-Effective follow through and communication
-Ability to work independently (initiative, self-sufficiency and electronic communication are very important!)
-Ability to work as a team (You'll be on the ground floor developing a grassroots-driven program designed to assist our diverse population of Northern Nevada. Respect for and input from everyone is needed!)
-Participation in OCG meetings and committees, schedule permitting


About On Common Ground, Reno
On Common Ground (OCG) is a local non-profit dedicated to connecting our community with nutritious food, education and tools to help adults and children meet their potential. As a recognized 501c3, OCG has various projects going on at any given point in time in order to improve food access, reduce food waste & improve behavioral choices to enhance nutritional and physical fitness. Organizational objectives include: 1. Establishment of a downtown community grocery market & mobile markets serving food-desert areas and 2. Creation of the supply hub for these markets. The planned supply hub operates as a distribution warehouse and commercial kitchen to preserve food that would otherwise be wasted, turning it into shelf-stable products.

Contact: Michelle Dobbs
Phone: (775) 219-3361
Email: contact@ocgreno.org
Website: ocgreno.org

Description of project:
-Establish program to publish monthly meal-plan options based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (i.e. "Make half your plate fruits & vegetables).
-Calendar meal plans contributed by community partners in a structured fashion wherein four local entities each contribute a week's worth of recipes (i.e. one dietetic nutritionist from a local hospital, one caterer, one restaurant chef, one student organization).
-Meal planning information will be disseminated on the OCG blog and social media networks, wherein the public is invited to participate and share their accomplishments, challenges, etc.

Program planning involves:
• Establishing baselines for tracking bio-metrics in partnership with local health agencies
• Taking cultural, personal preferences and medical needs into account
• Solidifying coalitions and communication methods
• Identifying marketing methods, i.e. program hashtags
• Promoting awareness about barriers and the need to implement sustainable systems to makes nutritious food easily accessible to everyone, while feeding hungry people and reducing food waste.
• Enhance On Common Ground (OCG) community outreach and education in line with OCG's Branding Strategy & Strategic Communication Plan.

The meal planning campaign will later be worked into the OCG Mobile App platform currently in development. The 2019+ OCG Fashion Shows will be participants' chances to feel beautiful with pro photos, videos, an audience and tons of support.

OCG believes in matching interests and skill sets to tasks. Includes:
• Active role in program planning, fundraising and event coordination
• Development and integration of outline and project management plan for semester
• Individual and team outreach

Motivated interns passionate about helping people have the opportunity to help shape the development and implementation of On Common Ground's grassroots work feeding hungry people and reducing food waste. Includes:
• Community outreach and education
• Engaging volunteers and identifying upcoming opportunities, roles & responsibilities
• Research and data gathering
• Engaging partners and stakeholders

We believe each potential intern has unique skills and knowledge beneficial to OCG. Essential criteria for success:
• Be an active advocate for On Common Ground and partner organizations
• Effective follow through and communication
• Ability to work independently (initiative, self-sufficiency and electronic communication are very important!)
• Ability to work as a team (You'll be on the ground floor developing a grassroots-driven program designed to assist our diverse population of Northern Nevada. Respect for and input from everyone is needed!)
• Participation in OCG meetings and committees, schedule permitting


About On Common Ground, Reno
On Common Ground (OCG) is a local non-profit dedicated to connecting our community with nutritious food, education and tools to help adults and children meet their potential. As a recognized 501c3, OCG has various projects going on at any given point in time in order to improve food access, reduce food waste & improve behavioral choices to enhance nutritional and physical fitness. Organizational objectives include: 1. Establishment of a downtown community grocery market & mobile markets serving food-desert areas and 2. Creation of the supply hub for these markets. The planned supply hub operates as a distribution warehouse and commercial kitchen to preserve food that would otherwise be wasted, turning it into shelf-stable products.

Contact: Michelle Dobbs
Phone: (775) 219-3361
Email: contact@ocgreno.org
Website: ocgreno.org

Description of project:
-Support grassroots efforts to end hunger & reduce food waste.
-Document the "Who" affected by food insecurity in Northern Nevada in an engaging and personal manner using stories (testimonials) and sample budgets of people typically struggling to make ends meet with ample food resources. Tell the "Why" people care and "How" it affects the entire community.
-Promote awareness about barriers and the need to implement sustainable systems to makes nutritious food easily accessible to everyone, while feeding hungry people and reducing food waste. Include cultural, personal and medical dietary needs and preferences.
-Enhance On Common Ground (OCG) community outreach and education in line with OCG's Branding Strategy & Strategic Communication Plan.

OCG believes in matching interests and skill sets to tasks. Includes:
• Active role in program planning, fundraising and event coordination
• Development and integration of outline and project management plan for semester
• Individual and team outreach

Motivated interns passionate about helping people have the opportunity to help shape the development and implementation of On Common Ground's grassroots work feeding hungry people and reducing food waste. Includes:
• Community outreach and education
• Engaging volunteers and identifying upcoming opportunities, roles & responsibilities
• Research and data gathering
• Engaging partners and stakeholders

We believe each potential intern has unique skills and knowledge beneficial to OCG. Essential criteria for success:
• Be an active advocate for On Common Ground and partner organizations
• Effective follow through and communication
• Ability to work independently (initiative, self-sufficiency and electronic communication are very important!)
• Ability to work as a team (You'll be on the ground floor developing a grassroots-driven program designed to assist our diverse population of Northern Nevada. Respect for and input from everyone is needed!)
• Participation in OCG meetings and committees, schedule permitting


About On Common Ground, Reno
On Common Ground (OCG) is a local non-profit dedicated to connecting our community with nutritious food, education and tools to help adults and children meet their potential. As a recognized 501c3, OCG has various projects going on at any given point in time in order to improve food access, reduce food waste & improve behavioral choices to enhance nutritional and physical fitness. Organizational objectives include: 1. Establishment of a downtown community grocery market & mobile markets serving food-desert areas and 2. Creation of the supply hub for these markets. The planned supply hub operates as a distribution warehouse and commercial kitchen to preserve food that would otherwise be wasted, turning it into shelf-stable products.

Contact: Jared Ovitt
Phone: (775) 322-8941
Email: jovitt@ridgehouse.org
Website: ridgehouse.org


Ridge House is proposing an MPH internship to assist with our 2019 Recidivism Study in partnership with the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC). This project will look at recidivism rates among ex offenders released to Ridge House's program in relation to the Recidivism Rates associated with the NDOC. Data collection and analysis will be overseen by Professor Jennifer Lanterman at the University of Nevada, Reno.

*This project is still in the preliminary planning phases and Ridge House will have a more concrete study design in the coming months.

Contact: Jolene Cook
Phone: (775) 771-2580
Email: jolene@renofoodsystems.org
Website: renofoodsystems.org


We are looking for a few interns to help with our fundraising, social media marketing, event planning, and food production endeavors in the greater Reno region. We are a small non profit whose mission is to find innovative ways to grow more farms and farmers in our urban environment.

  1. We need help with grant writing, contacting foundations, and member drives to help us fundraise.
  2. We are looking for help with our basic design and social media demands ie facebooking and instagramming with relevant and engaging content.
  3. We put on the annual Reno Garlic Fest and need help managing permits, contacting vendors as well as on the day support.
  4. We have a few acres of County land that we are currently in the process of cultivating. This opening is people interested in a career in farming.

Contact: Emily Kouzes, MPH
Phone: (775) 982-5852
Email: ekouzes@renown.org
Website: www.renown.org/explore/institute-for-cancer/


Renown's Institute for Cancer is seeking an MPH intern to analyze cancer registry data. Renown's cancer registry collects information from all cancer patients who receive treatment in the hospital, and we would like an intern to create an epidemiological report using data from 2010-2016 to help us understand who in our Northern Nevada population is getting cancer, trends in cancer rates over time, and identify potential areas for prevention efforts and cancer program improvement. We would like to compare this to state-level cancer data to understand how our environment and community in Northern Nevada may impact cancer rates. We would also like the student to help our research staff develop a poster for presentation at an upcoming conference.

Contact: Fermin Leguen
Phone: (702) 759-1508
Email: leguen@snhd.org
Website: www.snhd.org


The Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The Health District serves more than 2.2 million residents in the Las Vegas Metro area and is charged with safeguarding the public health of more than 42 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.

We are interested in conducting studies in the following areas:

  • Evaluation of the SNHD Immunization Program
  • Prevalence of childhood lead poisoning, and communicable diseases among refugee children in Clark County
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of HIV among patients receiving services at SNHD
  • Evaluation of Tuberculosis Control activities in Clark County
  • Assessment of Primary Care needs in Clark County
  • Congenital Syphilis in Nevada, is it an isolated community problem?

Contact: Ernest Blazzard
Phone: (702) 759-1686
Email: blazzard@snhd.org
Website: www.snhd.org


The Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The Health District serves more than 2.2 million residents in the Las Vegas Metro area and is charged with safeguarding the public health of more than 42 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.

As part of its strategic plan, we seek individuals to add value in the following areas:

  1. Policy Review and Analysis--Review of current and proposed Fiscal policies related to Workflows, Reporting and Compliance with State and Federal Guidelines.
  2. Grants Analysis and Reporting--Working closely with the Grants team, identify key success factors in applications. Work to identify process improvement opportunities in reporting and management.

The intern(s) will also be an integral part of other key projects related to Fiscal Management and reporting.

Contact: Suzanne Bierman
Phone: (702) 600-3956
Email: sbierman@guinncenter.org
Website: guinncenter.org


Opportunities will be available to research a wide variety of public health and health policy topics.

Particular areas of focus may include the following topics:

  • Access to Coverage and Care:
    • Research on remaining uninsured populations, impact of Medicaid expansion, identifying and assessing additional coverage opportunities.
    • Assessment of network adequacy and the availability of services, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health services and best practices related to the integration of physical and behavioral health.
  • Social Determinants of Health: Research and analyze initiatives to improve health equity with a specific emphasis on opportunities to improve state and local policies at the intersection of education, housing, and health.
  • Medical/Legal Partnerships
  • Tobacco and Marijuana research and policy analysis

Contact: Gerald Ackerman
Phone: (775) 738-3828
Email: gackerman@med.unr.edu
Website: med.unr.edu/rural-health


1. First project will regard the development of interprofessional didactic training opportunities at a Rural based FQHC/Family Medicine Residency program in Elko Nevada.
2. Project number two is to look and analyze clinic and patient data and look at health trends on patient population and the development of programs based on this analysis.
3. Third project is to develop patient education programs, online resources etc. related to clinic needs based on data analysis.

Housing in Elko is available at no cost to the student.

Contact: Melissa O'Brien
Phone: (775) 784-1983
Email: mdobrien@med.unr.edu
Website: med.unr.edu/cme


Description of CME:
The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is to advance healthcare professionals along their lifelong learning continuum by providing high quality professional development opportunities that will enhance their ability to provide excellent patient care.

Description of the Project:
The Office of Continuing Medical Education helps to plan the Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference. The internship involves program planning and evaluation for the conference in September. The statewide NPHA annual conference provides an opportunity for Nevada's public health professionals to gather together to discuss relevant public health issues, as well as a chance to network, meet, and stay connected with other professionals in Nevada. The intern would be responsible for various conference logistics, an analysis of past program evaluations, and development of this year's conference evaluation.

Desired Track:
Social and Behavioral (Program Planning & Evaluation)

Contact: Fayth Ross
Phone: (775) 636-6105
Email: fayth@urgc.org
Website: urgc.org


Urban Roots is mission driven to change the way children eat and learn by growing healthy minds, bodies, and communities. Urban Roots is founded on the idea that food is a powerful tool for academic and nutrition education when it is fully integrated into the classroom and accessible to the community. Serving primarily northern Nevada, Urban Roots has a history of bringing seed-to-table education to our community, our children, and the educators who teach them.

During the summer of 2019, we wish to research the health outcomes for students participating in our 8-week-long Farm Camp program. Farm Camp programs are outdoor garden-based week-long day camps designed to inspire excitement for learning. Farm Camp programs coincide with the Washoe County School District breaks. During 35 hours in the outdoors, campers delve into the basics of plant biology, animal care, and nutrition while planting, tending, harvesting, and tasting food straight from the garden. Children leave camp with a deeper connection to their food, an appreciation for their community, and a wide-range of new experiences, skills, and friends. In 2017, our Farm Camp programs provided an immersive experience for 550 children ages 5-15, 21% of which are considered "low-income" and received tuition assistance through our scholarship program.

The intern could focus on a focus group study looking at behavior modification and actual health outcomes (BMI, Blood Sugar Level, etc.) as well as curriculum knowledge and grade improvement. The behavior modification would be gathered through surveys and 1:1 meetings with parents and participating children to measure what they're eating at home. Our ultimate goal is to establish if our programs affect attitude and knowledge enough to influence behavior changes over time and to gauge how many times we need to interact with a student in order to affect change.

Contact: Catrina Peters MS, RD
Phone: (775) 328-2401
Email: cpeters@washoecounty.us
Website: www.washoecounty.us/health/


Two internship opportunities are available:

Project Title: 2018-2020 Community Health Improvement Plan
In 2016, Washoe County Health District in partnership with Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities, developed and published a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that identified goals, priorities and corresponding objectives to improve the community health needs identified in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). As the 2016-2018 CHIP is coming to a close, a 2018-2020 CHIP will be developed through Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities to meet the needs identified in the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment. While the 2017 CHNA has not yet been released, this internship project will provide support towards accomplishing the goals and priority areas identified in the 2018-2020 CHIP which may include behavioral health, access to healthcare or educational attainment.

This internship position will support the 2018-2020 by completing any of the following activities:

  1. Conducting background research on:
    • best practices for approaches to implementing CHIPs
    • specific CHIP priority areas needs or gaps in service
    • gather qualitative data in support of determining best approaches for implementing the CHIP
    • identification of community partners, agencies or non-profits currently doing work in specific focus areas
  2. Supporting CHIP priority areas by:
    • Assisting with the coordination of community events
    • Participating and/or coordinating focus area working groups
    • Supporting focus area workgroups by developing information reports or presentations

Skills needed:

  1. Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to conduct a formal presentations to a variety of audiences
  2. Familiarity with CHNAs and CHIPs
  3. Ability to coordinate workgroup meetings and community outreach events
  4. Ability to develop written materials such as reports and best practice summaries for community health related focus areas

This is a paid internship. For questions or further inquiries please contact Catrina Peters, Director of Programs and Projects at cpeters@washoecounty.us


Project Title: Washoe County Behavioral Health Data Profile
In an effort to address the behavioral health needs across Nevada, AB 366 was passed in the 2017 legislative session creating 4 regional Behavioral Health Boards. The Washoe County Regional Behavioral Health Board (WCRBHB) consists of 13 members including the Washoe County District Health Officer. Each Regional Board advises the State Department of Health and Human Services, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Nevada Behavioral Health Commission on matters related to identified gaps in behavioral health services and any recommendations or service enhancements to address those gaps, amongst other responsibilities.

This internship position will support the WCRBHB by completing any of the following activities:

  1. Drafting an annual data profile that includes:
    • Profiles of substance use and abuse, problem gambling and suicide
    • Relevant behavioral health prevalence data for Washoe County
    • The behavioral health priorities set for Washoe County
    • Any other information deemed necessary by the policy board
  2. Conducting research and compiling data to examine the effectiveness of Behavioral Health legislation proposed and/or passed

Skills needed:

  1. Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to conduct formal presentations to a variety of audiences
  2. Ability to gather primary and secondary data sources and clearly articulate conclusions and policy impacts from that data
  3. Familiarity with current challenges in the behavioral health field

This is a paid internship. For questions or further inquiries please contact Catrina Peters, Director of Programs and Projects at cpeters@washoecounty.us

Contact: Gerold Dermid
Phone: (775) 682-7096
Email: gdermid@unr.edu
Website: www.unr.edu/public-health/our-centers/nvphtc


Nevada Workforce Development Research Associate
Paid Graduate Internship
Western Region Public Health Training Center
Nevada Public Health Training Center, School of Community Health Sciences,
University of Nevada, Reno - Reno, NV 89557

About Us
The Nevada Public Health Training Center (NVPHTC) is the clearinghouse for public health workforce development in Nevada. As part of the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) and the National Network of Public Health Training Centers, NVPHTC works toward the goal of an engaged and well trained public health workforce that can best serve the needs of our diverse communities. Within the School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS), NVPHTC serves as the center for public health training of undergraduate and graduate students through internships, community partnerships, and international field experiences. We also manage the marketing, communications, recruitment and community engagement efforts of the school. We are a rapidly growing team passionate about the future of public health both within our school and outside in the larger community.

The School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) is for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the health industry. Recognizing health requires a multi-faceted approach, SCHS emphasizes multiple perspectives in its curriculum, including the emotional, spiritual, environmental and physical. The School offers a minor, an undergraduate degree, a master's degree, a Ph.D., as well as dual degree programs with the Orvis School of Nursing and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Graduates from the School of Community Health Sciences are prepared to promote and protect the health of communities nearby and around the world. NVPHTC is seeking a Nevada Workforce Development Associate who shares our vision of putting SCHS on the map as a leader in transforming public health. For more information on NVPHTC's mission and impact, visit https://www.unr.edu/public-health/ourcenters/nvphtc.

Position Summary
The Nevada Workforce Development Associate is a part-time internship (200 hours minimum), and reports directly to the Director of the NVPHTC and to the Associate Director of the WRPHTC based out of the University of Arizona. In this role, you will be responsible for analyzing key data from the 2015 Nevada Public Health Workforce Development Survey, analyzing data from the 2015 Western Region Public Health Workforce Development Survey, and planning and implementing the 2019 Nevada Public Health Workforce Development Survey.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about NVPHTC's mission and have excellent communication and organization skills. In addition, the candidate should be passionate about research and data analysis that results in viable presentations and publications.

Responsibilities and Duties
Data Analysis
• Analyze data from the 2015 Nevada Public Health Workforce Development Survey.
• Analyze data from the 2015 Western Region Public Health Workforce Development Survey.
• Develop special target population reports by region, race/ethnicity, years in workforce, degree, and professional level.
• Write abstracts for regional and national presentations based on results.
• Work to develop articles for academic publication to key journals.
• Assist in the development of additional funding proposals and grant opportunities, as appropriate.

Survey Implementation
• Develop IRB application for 2019 Nevada Public Health Workforce Development Survey.
• Revise survey questions based on community feedback.
• Develop survey implementation and recruitment plans.
• Collect and analyze survey results, as time allows.

Qualifications and Skills
Required
• Commitment to the mission and vision of NVPHTC and SCHS
• Currently enrolled in a graduate program, preferably MPH
• Advanced proficiency with MS Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Data analysis skills using SPSS and/or SAS
• Technical writing ability
• Ability to think strategically
• A strong, results-driven work ethic paired with the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations and circumstances

How to Apply
Please send the following to gdermid@unr.edu with Nevada Workforce Development Research Associate as the subject:
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Three professional references

Benefits
• Flexible schedule
• Excellent resume builder
• Awesome team and mentors
• Opportunity to present and publish results

Contact: Pam Russell
Phone: (775) 825-7395
Email: admin@waccs.org
Website: waccs.org


WACCS has been thrilled to have had Public Health interns from the bachelor's program who have done some excellent work developing classes which benefit women and children living in poverty. WACCS has also developed some classes, including potty training, as well. These classes are in currently in several places and no particular order.

We would like a master's candidate to do the following:

  1. Develop a system to store various classes in one place so that they are available as needed;
  2. Determine through conversations, focus groups, or surveys what classes WACCS clients would like to have available;
  3. Develop and present trainings in response to the identified needs;
  4. Independently identify what additional types of information would be helpful for the clients, develop and present these trainings;
  5. Conduct women's groups to encourage group process to help women learn from each other and the facilitator about issues in their lives.

Because 70% of the women WACCS serves are Latina, would request a bi-lingual, Spanish-speaking intern. We have found that women respond best when they know the teacher. It will be incumbent on the intern to get to know women through interest and interaction.