Juntos: A digital health intervention

The Duke Global Health Institute’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Internship Program. The internship encourages current undergraduate and first year graduate students to apply for an internship program exploring health inequalities through research, policymaking, and fieldwork in one of the various projects ongoing at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. The internship program requires 40 hours of work per week and runs for 10 weeks between May 27 – Aug 1, 2014.

Juntos, Spanish word for together, is a yearlong community-based research project working to improve the health of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM).  As sexual and ethnic minorities, Latino MSM often experience stigma and discrimination, which are associated with poorer behavioral, social, mental health and physical health outcomes.

The Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research and El Centro Hispano partner to create an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research team through a Duke Bass Connections project (Global Health Theme). El Centro Hispano is a well-respected, services organization in Durham, whose work strengthens the local Latino/Hispanic community through education, service, and community organizing.

During the project, the team will adapt an existing internet and mobile phone based intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors, create positive norms around health behaviors, promote health and wellness, and provide a platform for community building.

Juntos is seeking a summer intern with extensive experience and expertise in web design and development, to lead the program adaptation.

Summer intern roles & responsibilities:

  • Identify and recommend best practices for a high functioning website
  • Create a web intervention or adapt existing web intervention. The site will use responsive web design.
  • Conduct routine quality assurance and quality improvement on intervention functionality
  • Participate in team meetings

Skills:

  • Demonstrates expertise in web design (HTML required; JavaScript, WordPress, .net, or CSS preferred)
  • Demonstrates understanding of responsive web design
  • Demonstrates creativity in website design
  • Demonstrates strong written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrates cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity

Personal qualities: Applicant needs to have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, someone who can successfully engage with team members to effectively adapt a web-based health intervention.

  • Clear, engaging communication
  • High attention to organization and detail
  • Self-motivated and professional
  • Dedicated and persistent in problem solving

Preference is given to individuals with an interest in working with diverse racial and social groups, an interest in research, and has a passion for addressing health inequalities. Bilingual and bicultural individuals are encouraged to apply.

All applications should be sent to Kyle.Hamilton@chpir.org, and should include your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your academic transcript. Please provide us with 3-5 business days to respond to your submission. Applications for the Juntos: A digital health intervention internship are due: 4/28/2014 by 5pm.

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