Strengthening Community Outreach for High-Risk Patients: The Community Outreach Patient Empowerment (COPE) Project: A collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital, Indian Health Service, and Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives (CHR) Program
Spend the summer working with the COPE Project in the Navajo Nation. This collaborative effort is working to provide Navajo Community Health Representatives (community health workers) with high-quality health education and health promotion training in order to improve the health status of high-risk patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions as well as improve prevention and early-diagnosis. COPE is led by a Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) team based in Gallup, NM, and is based off of the PACT model of care in Boston (http://www.pih.org/where/USA/USA.html). The project has been working in Navajo Nation since 2009, and currently works within four of the eight Service Units of Navajo Nation. COPE plans to expand throughout Navajo Nation by 2014.
The internship would entail working with COPE staff, CHRs, and CHR Supervisors to help elaborate and implement a CHR curriculum for patient health promotion, conduct focus groups and surveys to improve trainings and practices, and assist with COPE program evaluation. The intern would become familiar with the IHS healthcare model and Navajo outreach programs, and the intern would accompany CHRs on home visits to learn about the health issues within the community. Interns would also have the opportunity to become registered volunteers with the Indian Health Service and shadow IHS physicians.
Who Can Apply?
The application is open to Dartmouth undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional students. Students with academic interest and/or experience in the healthcare field and Native American communities are preferred. Research and administrative experience of candidates will be considered as well as length of internship availability.
Past Dartmouth Interns: Hannah Sehn ’10, Jason Curley ’13, Jing Wei Pan ’14, and Kendrea Begaye ‘12
Funding & Duration:
Interns must be available for eight or more consecutive 40-hour work weeks between June 5th and September 10th. Interns will receive a stipend of up to $3,500 to cover basic living costs (housing, transportation, and food).
Please apply to Jennifer.B.Murray@Dartmouth.edu by Wednesday April 18th at 5pm.
• Please send an email titled “Summer Internship - Navajo Nation Health Work”
• Attach a one-page single-spaced cover letter and a one-page résumé.
• Please also fill out this google form by Wednesday April 18th at 5pm: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG1oNDBDNnA4VTRuRnAtVXdBNzA4UGc6MQ
• Two references (provided by the candidate on the google form) are required.
Final candidates will be interviewed in April by The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Native American Studies Department, and COPE staff. Selections will be determined by end of April.
Funding for the Summer Internship 2012 in support of Navajo Nation Health Work is made possible by a generous gift to the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth.