Prenatal Care for Uninsured In Montgomery County PA
Type: Unpaid Internship
Division: Clinical - Maternal and Child Health
Reports to: Janet Panning, Field Supervisor MCH
Location: Hybrid (requires some travel to Norristown OPH office and across county)
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health seeks two Masters-level public health interns to research the need for and accessibility of prenatal care in Montgomery County for persons who are uninsured. This research would result in a final report and presentation that would include information on how the number and demographic data of persons affected and recommendations for policy and practice changes that would reduce insurance barriers to prenatal care.
The student will be oriented to the County (including the Office of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Health and Human Services, etc.) during the first few weeks of the internship. Orientation will also include an introduction to the Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium (MECC), Central Referral stakeholder group, and other non-profit and collaborative stakeholders. Orientation will also include any specific areas of interest that the student would like to include that are related to the internship.
This internship would result in a final report and presentation that would include the following:
· Literature review on policy and practice for providing prenatal care to uninsured pregnant persons, including best practices from other jurisdictions;
· Demographic and other information on uninsured persons in Montgomery County of childbearing age, such as number, ages, location, immigration status, ethnicity, country of origin, language, etc.;
· Access to prenatal care and barriers to accessing prenatal care for persons in Montgomery County who are uninsured;
· Review of prenatal care providers in Montgomery County (who and where they are, number served, whether they take uninsured or undocumented patients for prenatal care and where they refer them if they do not serve them);
· Research that might be options to increase access to health insurance for pregnant persons such as the 2002 CHIP unborn child option and the CHIP Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009;
· Recommendations for advocacy that would increase prenatal care for uninsured persons in Montgomery County.
· A second language such as Spanish is a plus
· Student working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public health, health education, epidemiology, or a related field
· Strong verbal and communication skills
· Self-motivated and the ability to work under minimal supervision
· Works well both independently and as part of a team
· Experience using Microsoft Office products
· Must have reliable transportation
Note: OPH Interns must sign and abide by OPH Confidentiality and HIPAA policies. Interns may not ride in county employee vehicles.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Janet Panning, MCH Office of Public Health, email@example.com.
General: Montgomery County is the third most populated county in Pennsylvania. Located to and northwest of Philadelphia, the county is geographically diverse, ranging from farms and open land to densely populated urban neighborhoods in the southern and central portions of the county. OPH Interns will have the opportunity to learn about many facets of public health. For more information on OPH services, see: https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health
Students who identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions and who have demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations are particularly encouraged to consider this internship.