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Public Health Scholar Project Repository
updated: 5/11/2018
Project ID#Center/ Division and ProgramProject NameProject Summary (max. 100 words)Minimum Candidate Education Level DesiredOther Skills or PreferencesDesired hours per weekAcademic Supervisor Needed?Compensation
17-011State Laboratories, Support Services and Special ProjectsOffice and Special Projects SupportTo assist Laboratory Office Staff and Quality Assurance Officer with office tasks such as filing. To assist a coordinator with developing materials such as contact databases, supply inventories etc. for State Laboratory Special Projects such as Customer Service and Emergency Preparedness.Undergraduate studentMicrosoft Word and Excel20-25 hrs total (flexible)NoPaid- RI State Government Intern Program, Unpaid
17-026Family Visiting, CHEImplementation and Professional Development SupportThe scholar will support established community family visiting meetings and arrange trainings for family visiting LIA staff.Undergraduate studentExcelAt least 15Maybe/ TBDStill to be determined
17-033Institutonal Review Board (IRB)Quality Improvement for RIDOH IRBThe primary responsibility of the intern would be to assist in the development of a quality assurance program for the RIDOH IRB which would include 1) review quality improvement programs for other IRBs and make recommendations for RIDOH 2) conduct an audit of research that RIDOH IRB currently oversees 3) Implement OHRPs Quality Assurance Self-Assessment Tool. Additional duties include providing administrative support to the IRB, attending meetings and taking and preparing minutes of meetings in accordance with Office of Human Subjects Protection guidance. Meetings of the IRB occur quarterly or more frequently as needed.Undergraduate studentGood organizational skills.An interest in or knowledge of human subjects prtection or ethicsnegotiableMaybe/ TBDStill to be determined
17-043Olneyville Health Equity ZoneOlneyville HEZ_ Healthy Restaurant InitiativeThe Olneyville Health Equity Zone is working to increase the amount of healthy options available at Olneyville restaurants and public eateries by working with restaurant, food pantry and soup kitchen owners to identify, promote, and/or create healthy meals (according to American Heart Association or Rhode Island "YES" campaign guidelines). We are looking for a nutrition student who can work with the owners directly to assess the nutritional content of their existing meals and help them make modifications so that they meet AHA guidelines. We also need this student to aid in our work with the food pantry to teach owners how to best allocate food in each bag so that families can create healthy meals at home.Undergraduate studentStudying or already received a degree in Nutrition. Bonus if they also have cooking skills!TBD _ Flexible in office timeMaybe/ TBDUnpaid
17-045CHE/CCDM/Asthma (and Kresge ELPH initiative)Health Equity Dialogue SeriesThe Health Equity Dialogue Series are presentations and trainings around social justice issues related to health equity and the socioeconomic or environmental determinants of health. Support from a public health scholar(s) is needed to identify and confirm presenters, reserve presentation spaces, develop communication materials, conduct outreach and recruitment for attendance, and to solicit feedback from participants.No requirements5NoUnpaid
18-004CCDM/ CHESOGI Equity Support ProjectThis position will assist the RIDOH Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equity Work Group and its committees with various projects and the documentation of its work. Supervision will be provided by project managers and, where necessary, by C. Kelly Smith. Projects will vary, but might include literature reviews, taking minutes, helping to develop training programs, helping to organize meetings, helping to plan PRIDE, etc.Undergraduate studentExcellent writing and editing skills, prior experience with research (lit reviews) helpful, good people skills, and commitment to social justice2-5, depending upon projectNoUnpaid
18-005Center for Food ProtectionBeach Water Quality Predictive ModelingThe project involves modeling to characterize the relationship between environmental conditions and microbiological water quality at individual RI beaches to predict health risks. Prerequisites for the scholar include some background in statistics and data analysis, and an interest in gaining experience using a somewhat sophisticated software package called “Virtual Beach” to forecast environmental conditions. “Virtual Beach”, provided by US EPA, supports advanced statistical analysis of historic beach monitoring data sets, including indicator bacteria enumeration and associated environmental (mostly weather, tide and current) conditions. One of the developers of the program, Chris Cyterski (EPA, Athens, GA), will provide technical support as we build our capabilities with Virtual Beach. Virtual Beach was developed with MS Visual Studio and written in C#. It uses R Statistics packages, and other freeware, including three types of regression models (Multiple Linear Regression, Partial Least Squares and Generalized Boosted Regression).

The project will test the utility of Virtual Beach using existing data from the Beach Monitoring program. It will ultimately involve analysis of policy for protection of human health relative to risk uncertainties and the socio-economic factors that beach closures encompass.
Undergraduate studentExperience in applied environmental statistics is preferred.Flexible and changing as the project progresses. More time would be required at the initiation of the project. Minimally, 5-8 hrs (at least half of the total time committment) should be in the office.Maybe/ TBDUnpaid
18-011Health Equity Institute2018 Health Equity SummitProvide administrative and event management support to planning committee of 2018 RIDOH Health Equity Conference.Undergraduate studentHigh level of professionalism; demonstrated customer service skills; good with prioritizing and multi-tasking; exceptional attention to detail and well organized; experience with Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; willingness to handle administrative conference planning details such as data entry, drafting correspondence, contacting speakers, and recording meeting minutes.10-20 hrs p/weekNoStill to be determined
18-021RIDOH Center for Food Protection2018 R.I. Summer Food ProgramAssist in communication between RIDOH Food Protection and sponsors, food preparation sites and feeding sites participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program, a cooperative program between the USDA and RI Dept. of Education for providing no cost lunches to eligible children during the summer months when school is not in session. Tasks to include: identify sponsors; identify and organize food production sites and menu; feeding sites on and off premises; delivery schedules; tracking inspections and sample gathering at food production and feeding sites; tracking sample results.No requirementsCommunication and writing skills; MS Word; MS ExcelopenMaybe/ TBDUnpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-023Center for Professional Licensing, Boards and CommissionsRegulations and Compaints Process Review (Summer Sessions)Assist in the administration of health professional boards. Duties to include:

• Reorganization of existing database for boards and complaint process
• participation in the regulation review and revision process,
• preparation and maintenance of recordkeeping protocols for board administration
• assist in creating an effective complaint processing protocol
• attendance at meetings of health professional boards
Undergraduate studentComputer experience working with Microsoft Outlook, Google Docs, Access and Excel spreadsheets10-15NoUnpaid
18-024Center for Vital RecordsVital Records Annual Report (Summer Session)This project will allow for an intern to look at and analyze the Vital Records Annual Report. This project is heavily focused on data and analyticsUndergraduate studentData, analytical and computer skills required10-15NoUnpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-026Center for Health Facilities RegulationHealth Facility Regulations: Update (Summer Session)Background: Rhode Island is reorganizing all Executive Branch regulations into the Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR), a uniform state code. Agencies must codify all existing regulations into the RICR by 12/31/2018. As part of the effort, all state licensure regulations for health care facilities must be re-codified and updated. Project: This position would assist with entering the updated regulations into the database that is used to produce deficiency statements for health care facilities. The intern will work with the supervisor or program manager to, where required, group the individual regulations into meaningful groups. The selected intern will then enter the updated regulations into the database. This includes entering the appropriate labels associated with each regulation (or regulatory groupings) to include information such as the regulation’s number, subsection, and title (e.g. 14.0, Residency Requirements, Rights of Residents). At the end of the internship, the data base will contain updated regulations that surveyors use to generate statements of deficiencies for at least 5 types of licensed facilities. The selected candidate may also assist with additional projects including working with program managers to review regulations that are being updated. As part of the internship, there will be opportunities to learn about the survey (inspection) process and observe portions of the survey process. This will allow the candidate to gain insight into survey methodology and how regulations are utilized by health care surveyors.Undergraduate studentKeen interest in regulatory matters and how enforcement of laws and regulations impact public health is preferred. Detailed orientated with good computer skills. Ability to communicate clearly with supervisor and/ or program managers who oversee various types of health care licenses.Approximately 7 hours. There may be weeks where less hours are needed.NoUnpaid
18-027CHE Family PlanningFamily PlanningTo support activities of the Family Planning Program. Activities may include, but are not limited to: data analysis to support reporting needs; development, implementation, and analysis of a training needs assessment; conducting research survey to assess provision of preconception care throughout the state; assist development of training opportunities; and research and compile reproductive health training resources.Undergraduate studentProficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel; Experience with training or curriculum development; Working knowledge of statistics and data analysis; Strong writing skills20Maybe/ TBDStill to be determined
18-028Center for Health Facilities RegulationSurvey and Certification ProjectThis project will come in two parts.
Part 1: Mission and Priority Document Expert - The scholar who comes on board will become the subject matter expert on the CMS Mission and Priority Document. This document contains deliverables that each state agency must fulfill. The scholar will be responsible for identifying and developing ways in which Rhode Island can ensure these deliverables using the current resources we have.
Part 2: Facility Complaints Process - The scholar will be tasked with reviewing the facility complaints and triage process and identifying methods in which we can better utilize resources to reduce the number of backlog complaints. Additionally the scholar will review the state and federal regulations to see how those regulations impact the complaints process.
Master's studentMaster's in Public Health preferred. Strong desire to interpret and forumlate policies and procedures pertaining to federal healthcare mandates10-20NoUnpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-029Center for Health Facilities RegulationOrganization and FilingTo review federal, state and radiological health documents and sort them by document type and by month/yearNo requirementsOrganizational skills7-10NoUnpaid
18-030CPHCMedia relations and public health communicationsThe project entails working with the Rhode Island Department of Health's Public Information Officer on developing material promoting initiatives of the Department's various programs, including the development of video, social media content, communications plans, press releases, material for media interviews, and talking points for speaking engagements.Master's studentSomeone with an interest in communications8, though this is very flexibileNoUnpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-033LaboratoriesEfficiency of Laboratory Supply OrderingTo review the inventory of common supplies that are currently in the laboratory stockroom, recommend order points based on normal usage as well as practices for efficient, consolidated ordering.

Outcome: Order points established for stocked items and recommendations made for efficient ordering (ex: consolidation orders by vendor)
Undergraduate studentJr or Sr Undergrad or Masters in Supply Chain Management or similar discipline21-35NoPaid- RI State Government Intern Program, Unpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-040Center for Drinking Water Quality/Environmental HealthWater System Design Research/Private Well CatalogingThe successful candidate will participate in two projects.
1. Project 1 will consist of gathering and evaluating information from other states that will be used to develop a standard strategy to be used for determining basis of design for new public water systems or alterations to existing public water systems in Rhode Island. This task represents a gap identified during DWQ's recent Lean initiative.
2. Project 2 will consist of reviewing well completion reports for private drinking water wells located in Rhode Island and building a catalog for the state's recently digitized well reports.
Undergraduate studentCivil or environmental engineering major entering junior or senior year. Potential schools: URI, Roger Williams, Worcester Polytechnic35NoStill to be determined
18-049Division of Community Health & EquityCommunications for Community Health & EquityThe Division of Community Health and Equity is looking for a communications scholar to fulfill division-wide efforts in communication oriented work. Duties/Responsibilities: Assists and advises the Center for Public Health Communication Lead in the strategic planning, needs assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of public health information and health campaigns that pertain to programs within the DivisionUndergraduate studentStrong writing skills and ability to present verbal and written reports, An ability to communicate with a variety of people successfully, including community partners, office staff, and program managers, Ability to research, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based public health communications campaigns, Strong organization and project management skills—ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines with attention to detail, Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Expert knowledge of social media tools, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, HootSuite, YouTube, Knowledge of InDesign and/or PageMaker, Contribute, and DreamWeaver preferred, An ability to function in a strong team environment, yet perform duties successfully on an independent basis. Able to multi-task and be innovative.TBDNoStill to be determined
18-052Center for Food Protection, Beach Monitoring ProgramSummer Beach SamplingThe Beach Monitoring Program is looking for two students in the field of environmental science, environmental health, marine science, or a similar discipline to serve as water samplers for the Department of Health. Responsibilities under this position include:

• Collect surface water samples at 70 of the states licensed saltwater beaches
• Transport samples to the state laboratory for analysis
• Conduct daily surveys of the beach environment to document pollution sources
• Education and outreach on watershed health
• Data entry and general office duties

Candidates must have a valid US driver’s license and full-time access to a reliable car.
Undergraduate studentReliability; proficiency in MS Excel; background in water quality and pollution sources a plus; knowledge of RI beaches a plus.35NoPaid- Seasonal staff (Note: This type of position is limited to a 6-month work period.)
18-054Legal / Health Systems DevelopmentPredictive Model For Future Delivery of Health CareThe vision of this project is to build a predictive model for delivery of health care traditionally provided through hospitals, such that program planning, policy, regulations and laws can be adjusted to meet the predicted future. This project will likely involve two scholars; a law student and a MPH or PhD student working in partnership to bring their unique skills together to develop a publishable product to fulfill on the project vision. The process could involve developing, analyzing and assessing hospital consolidation and viability over the last several years in Rhode Island in the context of the applicable policies, regulations and law, as well as a survey of similar activity in the region and the country. The final product would be a predictive model based on the local, regional and national data developed by the scholars.PhD student20-30YesStill to be determined
18-055Preventive Services - Oral Health ProgramGeneral Oral Health ProjectsProvide assistance to the Oral Health Program on various projects including: assist in planning dental provider events, community outreach, research on oral health topics, analysis and reporting on new data, etc. The Oral Health Program focuses generally on improving the oral health of all Rhode Islander, but specifically on: pregnant women, infants, school based sealant programs, fluoridation, older adults, young adults, and oral health workforce activities.No requirementsProficient in: Word, PowerPoint, Excel Would be helpful to know data programs. We ask for a minimum of 10 hours per week.At least 10NoUnpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
18-062RIDOH Academic CenterConnecting RIDOH Staff with Academic OpportunitiesThis position will conduct a survey of RIDOH staff to understand the scope and content areas of past, present and future collaborations between RIDOH and academic intuitions, inventory programs of study at academic institutions and identify related RIDOH programs, assess RIDOH job specifications to determine educational requirements, and assist RIDOH Academic Center Director and Workforce and Career Development Lead to identify opportunities for staff to achieve educational goals.Undergraduate studentStrong verbal and written communication skills; strong organization and project management skills; able to multi-task and be innovative; knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and methods for conducting online research15-35Maybe/ TBDPaid- RI State Government Intern Program, Unpaid, Academic Credit (if applicable to student's school)
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