Volunteer Opportunity Details

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Position Title:INTERN: Substance Abuse Policy Intern
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:4-8 hours per week for 8-12 months
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80302

Some opportunity to work remotely
Program Summary:

In 2008, BCPH began a community assessment process resulting in our Public Health Improvement Plan priority areas. The Public Health Improvement Process (PHIP) was a broad external effort that engaged community members in identifying community priorities for advancing health in Boulder County. Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) serves as the backbone organization for PHIP and is 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 the three identified priority areas:
• Increasing healthy eating and 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 improve health in Boulder County.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Description of Work:
This intern position will support the Boulder County Public Health Improvement Process within the focus area of reducing substance abuse through data and research collection, summarization, presentation of findings, and management of research to inform public health policy recommendations in reducing substance abuse. Examples of topic areas include land use policies to reduce alcohol abuse; regulations of retail marijuana at the municipal, county, and state levels to reduce youth access and abuse; and prescription drug policies within organizations to reduce prescription drug abuse.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Researching and gathering peer-reviewed journal articles from academic libraries.
• Researching and gathering information from researchers, policy makers, and agencies in Colorado, other states, and outside of the United States.
• Presenting information to BCPH staff, as well as community partners and possibly policy makers.
• Summarizing results of findings in policy briefs or other documents.
• Attending and taking notes at meetings and policy hearings. Specific meeting dates include: the second Wednesday of each month from 12-2 p.m. and each Thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Boulder.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:  Graduate-level study in public health, public administration, or related field.

Experience:  Relevant experience in research and data collection and management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge and/or background in reducing substance abuse.
• Strong organizational and note-taking skills.
• 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.

Special Requirements:
• Must participate in community stakeholder meetings and monthly executive steering committee member meetings.
• Must be willing to use personal laptop.
• Must have reliable transportation readily available to travel among multiple Boulder County sites.
• Must also have minimum automobile liability insurance, as required by the State of Colorado; a valid driver’s license; and a driving record in good standing.
• 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.
• Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the intern may begin.

Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Submit an application online.
Training Dates and Information:
Training for this position will be provided by the PHIP coordinator, with assistance and input from the Alcohol Diversion Coordinator and members of the BCPH internal policy team. Training will be approximately 10 hours of orientation to begin the position with ongoing training throughout the position.
Additional Information:
Benefits Gained:
• Public health and policy research and summarization skills.
• Policy analysis skills.
• Contacts with Boulder County Public Health staff, key leaders in reducing substance abuse in Boulder County and possibly the state of Colorado, and with policy makers.
• Involvement in a rapidly growing and changing field within public health and within the state.
BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone:  303-441-1163
Email:  healthvs@bouldercounty.org


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