APE Opportunity, New American Pathways
Category : Student Opportunities
Public Health Intern
Department: Resettlement & Resource Navigation
This internship requires a 200-hour commitment over 8 to 12 weeks in the New American Pathways’ office and/or remotely, as directed by guidance from NewAP, CDC, and local authorities.
New American Pathways is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps refugees from the moment of arrival in Georgia through their journey to citizenship. Our programs provide proven pathways for refugees and other immigrants to build new lives. Our comprehensive model is unique. We begin with resettlement services and offer steady guidance and advocacy for each family as they pursue jobs, education, cultural integration, and empowerment, on their pathway to succeed. By matching peoples’ unique assets with opportunities in the community, we ensure that each new American we serve can succeed, strengthen the American workforce, and help Georgia thrive.
The Public Health Intern serves within the Resettlement and Resource Navigation Department, to support provision of health services and health information to refugee families and individuals. Areas of focus include navigation of the US healthcare system, referral to health and medical services, addressing social determinants of health, and supporting health access, with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations including elderly, disabled, LGBTQI+, survivors of violence, and those with serious physical and/or mental health conditions. The Public Health Intern will provide one-on-one client services, will work in collaboration with our team of case managers and interns, and will serve a public facing role in liaising with community partners.
- Provide direct client services under remote work protocol, through calls and video calls with clients
- Assist clients with selection of Primary Care Physicians and navigation of Medicaid benefits.
- Schedule medical appointments for refugee clients, including arranging transportation and interpretation services as needed. Organize telemedicine appointments as appropriate and available.
- Assist clients to access health resources, through helping with SSI applications, Grady Assistance, and Medicaid.
- Provide community resource referral and assist with remote applications, such as food and housing assistance.
- Liaise with community partners including medical providers, pharmacies, insurers, public benefits offices, schools, community organizations, and employers to ensure access to health services
- Research community resource for health, social services, education, financial support, childcare, and other needs.
- Maintain updated health education curriculum, ensuring availability of culturally appropriate public health information available to clients in-language with latest public health guidance
- Effective use of interpretation to ensure linguistically appropriate services for clients.
- Follow NewAP guidance for safe(r) provision of in-person services and limited in-office work hours, when directed
- Complete case-related paperwork and documentation of services
- Attend all required meetings and trainings
PUBLIC HEALTH COMPETENCIES
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
- Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
- Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
- Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
- Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Ability to communicate with people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds; cultural sensitivity
- Strong organization skills; the ability to multitask and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment
- Willingness to gain understanding of basic refugee experience; sensitive to the refugees’ histories
- Bilingual skills in refugee languages are a plus, but not required
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Flexible and able to problem solve
- Ability to effectively work remotely and utilize technology platforms including Zoom
- Ability to work as a member of a team in a diverse, multicultural environment
Interested candidates may submit their application, resume and cover letter to at
c [dot] tiede [at] newamericanpathways [dot] org , no phone calls please. This is a non-paid internship. Students may receive school credit.