Community Health Development

The Community Health Development team serves Maricopa County residents by implementing several community health constructs, including the development of Community Health Worker (CHW) training curriculums, community health capacity building, and technical assistance to community-based organizations focused on population health. 

The team's work focuses on the following areas:

  • Manages the Ryan White, Ending the HIV Epidemic-Part A Community Health Working Training Program. 
  • Partners with organizations that utilize CHWs to implement self-management programs and promote health education in underserved communities.
  • Provides technical support to community-based programs working on expanding the CHW model within Maricopa County. 
  • Supports community-based organizations in strengthening their internal management and identifying opportunities to improve their communities through grants and cross-collaboration with government and non-governmental agencies.
  1. LGBTQIA+ Internship
  2. CHD Specialist

Internship Opportunity: Community Health LGBTQIA+ Internship

Office of Community Engagement,
Maricopa County Department of Public Health


1. Mentorship Team:

Silvia Juárez Berríos | CHW Internship Lead

Mark Gallegos | Team Lead

2. Eligibility and Project Time Requirements:

  • Length: Minimum six months
  • Availability: Minimum 20 hours per week (Mon-Thu)
  • Bi-lingual Spanish (Preferred)
  • College Junior or Senior

The Community Health LGBTQIA+ Internship is a collaborative opportunity with the Ryan White Part A, Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program, focusing on course development, program recruitment, community outreach and engagement. 

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an in-depth understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social serves and the community to facilitate access to services and improve service delivery quality and cultural competence. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. (Adopted from the American Public Health Association, 2009).

This newly developed internship position will help create trust and community awareness of the Ryan White Part A, Ending the HIV Epidemic CHW Training Program within the LGBTQIA+ community. The internship is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+), and allied individuals. This position works directly with the staff of the Community Health Development team. Our preferred candidate will have experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community and understand diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

3. Project Details/Background:

The Community Health Development team provides training to community members under a community health training model that promotes the following:

  • Understanding of government and non-government organizations and how to engage them to affect community change
  • Strengthening community capacity to advocate on its behalf, with a focus on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Designing of a training curriculum that will allow community members to build self-reliance and resiliency;
  • Creating a path to individual Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification under the AzCHOW approved core competencies.

Internship Objectives:

  1. Community Outreach and Engagement: Increase community outreach and engagement of the LGBTQIA+ population in Maricopa County, resulting in increased participation in the Ryan White Part A, Ending the HIV Epidemic CHW Training Program
  2. Recruitment: Increase recruitment of students in the Ryan White Part A, Ending the HIV Epidemic CHW Training Program
  3. Course Development: Evaluate the program course content for LGBTQIA+ cultural competency.
  4. Statement of Work/Project Deliverables: The intern will be responsible for working on the following constructs as it relates to Community Health within Maricopa County: 
    1. Outreach/Engagement: Identity community-based organizations that serve the LGBTQIA+ community and schedule meetings to promote the training program and participate in outreach activities with RWP partnerships to recruit candidates.
    2. Create a Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP) network with AAA: Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has HIV+ housing; this is a natural connection with the CHW training program and the Stanford University self-management program. 
    3. Contribute to the design of a community-based internship: The intern will contribute to the design of a community-based internship that will provide community engagement experience to CHW students.
    4. Public Health Program Planning Documents: Develop PowerPoint briefings, work plan, Gantt chart with milestones and activities, and a final report. 
    5. Support design of CHW Training Curriculum: Ensure the cultural competency of courses.
    6. Provide technical support: Design of flyers, presentations, and surveys.                                         

4. Presentation Requirement:

As part of the selection process for interns, applicants are required to share their general proposal on how they plan to attain the goal of the internship. The candidate for this internship will create and deliver a PPT presentation to a small panel via ZOOM. The PPT (minimum of 4 slides) should answer the following questions, with one slide introducing who you are and your proposed work schedule as your last slide.

  1. What is a Community Health Worker (CHWs)? Why are CHWs essential within the continuum of care? 
  2. What experience do you have working with LGBTQIA+ populations?
  3. What are the community engagement challenges associated with the LGBTQIA+ community?

Attendance will be required on videoconference and in-person during the duration of this internship. 


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Contact person: 

Silvia Juárez at