HHAP Photovoice Intern - New York City Housing Authority

Position: HHAP Photovoice Intern

Program Description:

Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) is a free City program that aims to improve the health and well-being of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents in East and Central Harlem. Using a community health worker model, the HHAP provides health education to residents with uncontrolled asthma, hypertension, and diabetes, engages the broader resident population using health and wellness workshops and activities, and advocates for access to health and social services. Through monthly Community Activation Team meetings, residents help lead the HHAP, identify systemic barriers to health improvement in the developments, and build capacity for community organizing and advocacy.

CSS’s Health Advocates help residents find affordable health insurance coverage, understand their health insurance, and advocate for their right to access health care services. As a pilot program, the HHAP is currently being evaluated to rate its effectiveness at improving health outcomes.

Internship Description:

CSS is looking for two spring interns to assist the Health Advocates in the organizing, implementation, facilitation, and delivery of a Photovoice Project. The project is designed to provide an opportunity for residents of five East Harlem NYCHA developments to use photography as a medium to describe, discuss, and share their experiences in pursuing healthy lifestyles within their community. Interns will gain experience in community outreach and organizing, project development and implementation, group facilitation, as well as learn about advocacy in relation to access to healthcare and coverage.

Responsibilities may include:

• Assisting in outreach and recruitment of Photovoice participants

• Administrative tasks including but not limited to phone calls, drafting materials, note taking, attendance and coordination of meetings and gallery event planning

• Assisting in facilitation and co-facilitation of group meetings

• Assist in research tasks such as literature review and analysis of residents find for potential future paper

• Work with HHAP Organizers, CHWs, and Health Advocates to develop an advocacy strategy

• Other tasks as required and necessary and related to HHAP Photovoice objectives

 Candidate Requirements:

• Interest in serving low-income populations • Interest in health equity, advocacy and/or community organizing, and community based participatory research • Ability to communicate effectively • Strong writing and research skills • Competency in languages other than English (Spanish preferred).

 Submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: cssinterns@cssny.org

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