Volunteer Opportunity Details

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Position Title:INTERN: Breastfeeding Promotion Intern
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:Flexible
Sundquist Building
3482 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Program Summary:

The Family Health Division recognizes that healthy children are key to the future of our communities.  Our overall goal is to promote the healthy development of children within stable and nurturing families.  The division consists of the Boulder County WIC, Nurse-Family Partnership, Children with Special Needs, and Child Health Promotion Programs.  The Family Health Division is providing support and leadership to the Boulder County Breastfeeding Coalition efforts.

The Public Health Improvement Process (PHIP) at Boulder County Public Health highlights three priority areas: Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL), Substance Abuse, and Mental Health.  Within the HEAL priority area, BCPH and partners have identified breastfeeding as a potential focus area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Description of Work:
The Family Health Division/Boulder County Breastfeeding Coalition (BCBC) is working with the BCPH PHIP Coordinator to determine effective strategies for increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Boulder County and to determine focus areas for collective action.  The successful candidate will conduct data analysis and literature review and synthesize findings to inform the development of a framework and plan for Boulder County.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work with the Family Health “Pop Health” group to identify key intervention points in breastfeeding education, initiation, and maintenance.
• Access and synthesize available data on Boulder County breastfeeding initiation and duration rates from Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS), Colorado Child Health Survey, WIC, hospitals, and other program data.
• Review scientific literature for best practices.  Review existing reports and resources available through WIC, Nurse-Family Partnership, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition, and others (as approved by program staff).
• Attend 1-2 BCBC meetings to communicate project progress and gather insight from participants.
• Attend 1-2 PHIP HEAL task force meetings to communicate project progress and gather insight from participants.
• Consult with state-level experts on community best practices for breastfeeding promotion.
• Present synthesized findings to BCBC and PHIP groups.

Qualifications and Requirements:
Education:  Bachelor’s degree in nursing, nutrition, public health, or related field and currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in nursing, nutrition, public health, or related field.
• Experience with analyzing data and reviewing scientific literature.
• Some formal presentation experience.
• Some experience working collaboratively with community partners. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong research skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to conduct oneself in a responsible and professional manner.
• General computer and word processing skills.
• Strong time management and organizational skills.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently.
• Self-directed and motivated after receiving appropriate orientation and resources.
Special Requirements:
• Must have access to reliable transportation, readily available for business use.
•         Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation.  Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and intern must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
•         Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the intern may begin.
•         Interns will be required to view BCPH “new employee” videos either online or on DVD.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Training Dates and Information:
Training and Orientation:
The intern will receive orientation to Boulder County Public Health.  Orientation and background will be provided for the Boulder County Breastfeeding Coalition and the BCPH Public Health Improvement Process.  The intern may be included in agency and division-level trainings on population-based health concepts.
Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:
• Apply classroom theory, knowledge, skills, and techniques to a professional work setting.
• Enhance and develop skills needed to function as a professional in a public health setting; interact with experienced public health professionals.
• Connect with other community-based organizations, which serve the public’s health to create support for the public health community.

This position will be co-supervised and directed by the Family Health Division Manager and the PHIP Coordinator through weekly phone contact and biweekly in-person meetings.

BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone:  303-441-1163
Email:  healthvs@bouldercounty.org


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