Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:INTERN: Research Intern for Public Health Improvement Process, Substance Abuse Literature Review & Community Scan
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:May-August 2013 (8-16 hours per week)
Program Summary:
Major Objective
To support the Boulder County Public Health Improvement Process within the focus area of reducing substance abuse through data and research collection, summarization, presentation, and management.

Program Summary
The Colorado Public Health Act of 2008, and subsequent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment(CDPHE) guidelines defining common indicators and core services, has been a call to action for local public health departments to organize their activities around common initiatives and practices.

In 2008, Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) began a community assessment process resulting in our Public Health Improvement Process (PHIP) Plan priority areas. This process was a broad, external effort that engaged community members in identifying community priorities for advancing health in Boulder County. Boulder County Public Health serves as the backbone organization, responsible for coordinating and convening the community, as well as providing financial and administrative support in order to make significant impact towards improving health in three identified priority areas:
  • Increasing healthy eating/active living
  • Improving mental health
  • Reducing substance abuse
BCPH is currently facilitating a community-wide process to increase the collective impact of existing efforts within these three areas and to identify key focus areas for new interventions to help improve the health of all people in Boulder County.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct in-depth literature review of risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse.
  • Provide summary report of literature review findings, highlighting key themes and priority areas.
  • Review and summarize BCPH partner survey results.
  • Present findings to BCPH staff and community stakeholders.
  • Provide other data collection and management needs, as necessary.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Graduate level study in public health.
  • Working or volunteer background in substance abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment.
  • Ability to gather and summarize large amounts of information from peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Ability to synthesize and present public health information to audiences of varying backgrounds.
  • Professional oral and written communication skills.
  • Prefer background or knowledge in the Colorado Community Health Assessment Process.
  • Experience or knowledge working in Mendeley or similar web-based program to manage and organize research articles.
  • Experience in presenting medical and scientific information to diverse audiences.

Special Requirements

  • Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer/intern must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
  • Must participate in community stakeholder meetings and monthly executive steering committee member meetings.
  • Must be willing to use personal laptop.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Submit an application online along with a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference.
Training Dates and Information:
  • Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH infection control nurse before the volunteer/intern can begin.
  • Volunteers will be required to view BCPH new employee videos online or on DVD.
Additional Information:
Intern will report to the PHIP coordinator.
Volunteer/Intern Services Program
Boulder County Public Health
3450 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304


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