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Maternal and Child Health Intern

Sector: Refugee Resettlement    
Location: US - MD - Baltimore    
Employee Type: Intern    
Employee Category: Part Time    

Description

SCOPE OF WORK:

 

This is an unpaid internship.


The International Rescue Committee of Baltimore is a non-profit, non-sectarian refugee resettlement agency dedicated to working together with legally admitted refugees to assist them in rebuilding lives and reuniting families in the greater Baltimore area. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential resettlement services to refugee families including basic necessities, education, employment, social services and advocacy.

                                               

PURPOSE: Establishing a healthy lifestyle, preventing illness and navigating the complex US healthcare system can be challenging for recently arrived refugees and asylees.  Additionally, the promotion of culturally responsive care and community engagement are essential for addressing the unique health needs of refugees and asylees, including for women during the prenatal and postpartum period.  The Maternal and Child Health Intern will play the vital role of supporting the Health Program Coordinator in working with pregnant refugee and asylee women on issues of prenatal/postpartum care, women’s wellness (preventive care), family planning and newborn care while increasing access to additional information and resources.  

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support development and implementation of culturally-appropriate prenatal/postpartum health education, delivered in both group and individual settings
  • Assist with provision of prenatal/postpartum case management and support services (i.e. health insurance applications, medical appointments, material resource referrals and home visits)
  • Serve as a patient advocate by accompanying clients to medical appointments, aiding clients in navigating local healthcare services, as well as coordinating necessary follow-up care.
  • Research and develop maternal and child health program strategies, including early child development.
  • Maintain database of maternal and child health resources, services and materials

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • To gain an understanding of the refugee resettlement process and health disparities experienced by newly arrived refugees within the US healthcare system
  • To learn how to effectively facilitate and advocate for clients’ access to timely and culturally appropriate medical care.
  • To learn how to create/adapt/identify culturally appropriate health educational resources and services for clients.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in public health, health education, social work, behavioral or social sciences, international development or related field
  • Knowledge in topics related to prenatal/postpartum care, women’s wellness (preventive care), family planning, newborn care and/or early childhood health and development
  • Doulas, nurses and childbirth educators with experience in diverse populations are encouraged to apply
  • High level of cultural sensitivity and interest in working in a multicultural setting
  • Organized with great attention to detail and great flexibility
  • Able to work independently and effectively as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Reliable and responsible for attending all appointments and meetings scheduled
  • A car/driver’s license and willingness to transport clients to/from health-related appointments/events is beneficial
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Strong computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience with graphic design.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, including Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chin, Nepali, Swahili or Tigrinya is beneficial but not required.

 

Please by sending your resume, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references directly to the Volunteer Coordinator kafiya.ismail@rescue.org  with the following information listed in the cover letter:

  • Internship(s) for which you wish to be considered (please provide a ranking of desired internships if you wish to be considered for multiple opportunities) 
  • Projected start/end date (noting that we have a 3-month minimum for our internships)
  • Days and number of hours of availability during the work week (for example: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm)
  • Whether or not you would have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive with the refugees and asylees we serve to access social services

We look forward to reviewing your application!

 

IRC leading the way from harm to home. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

   



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