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Community Health Worker Internship Program

Community Health Worker Internship Program

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Office of Community Health Innovation awards up to five (5) Community Health Worker (CHW) internships each academic year. Community Health Workers (CHW's) perform a broad range CHW at eventof health-related functions and play an important role in bridging the gap between communities, healthcare, and social service systems.

According to the Department of Labor, a 21% increase for CHWs is projected between 2012 and 2022 — twice the projected increase of other professions.

CHW Internship Program benefits include:

  • Free online coursework through Central Arizona College (CAC) valued at $1,800
  • Free coursework textbooks valued at $900
  • Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate from CAC
  • Additional online training in Health Literacy, Diabetes, and Hypertension
  • 160 supervised service hours with professional Health Educators—including health education and participation in community outreach, biometrics, and self-management events
  • Letter of Acknowledgment of Completion from MCDPH Director, Dr. Bob England

About the Program

Interns will gain experience working at Million Hearts® sponsored events including blood pressure and biometrics screenings in the community. Million Hearts® is a national initiative with an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by doing the following:

  • Improving access to effective care
  • Improving quality of care for the ABCS of heart health:
    • Aspirin when appropriate
    • Blood pressure control
    • Cholesterol management
    • Smoking cessation
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle
  • Improving the prescription of and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS

Interns will have the opportunity to learn and improve their communication, interpersonal, knowledge base, service coordination, capacity building, advocacy, teaching, and organizational skills.

Although the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, Spanish-speaking interns are highly desirable due to the great diversity among residents of Maricopa County.

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CHW Internship Program

Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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