310. New York State Health Foundation, New York City, NY

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5PM.

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. We strive to be focused and purposeful in our work; establish and adhere to clear goals and strategies; and measure our progress. We are committed to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health system, serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners. Visit the website at: www.nyshealthfoundation.org.

NYSHealth concentrates its initiatives in two strategic priority areas:

  • Building Healthy Communities

To help communities become healthier, more active places, the Foundation is supporting initiatives across the State to help more New Yorkers of all ages eat healthy foods, become physically active, and have access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.

  • Empowering Health Care Consumers

New Yorkers find the health care system incredibly complex to understand and navigate. To ensure that consumers have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care, the Foundation is committed to increasing consumers’ choice, control, and convenience.

Other Focus Areas Include:

  • Veterans' Health

The NYSHealth Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families seeks to underscore that the health care, mental health, and social services issues returning veterans and their families face are not solely military issues, but public and community health issues that should be addressed by local and national government agencies, community-based organizations, and health funders.

  • Special Projects Fund (SPF)

Grants through our Special Projects Fund allow us to support projects that address an important health care or public health issue in the State, but are outside of our targeted priority areas. Eligible projects are coordinated interventions that take place over a specified period of time to achieve quantifiable results.

Summer Projects May Include:

  • Consumer Empowerment:
    • Assist in overseeing administration of and review process for Consumer EmpowermentRFP(s) (Requests for Proposals)
    • Research Consumer Empowerment issues/topics to help shape the priority area and future RFP(s)
  • Special Projects Fund:
    • Help oversee administration of and review process for SPF RFP
    • Assist in writing Grant Outcome Reports
    • Assist with NYSHealth events (researching and brainstorming ideas for and events and help with coordination)
    • Assist with project site visits
  • Building Healthy Communities:
    • Assist with project site visits
    • Research issues/topics on help shape the priority area and future RFP(s)

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A love of New York State is very helpful. A general idea of our overall priority areas is great. Anyone looking to work in the health field whether it’s clinic or on the public policy/administration side is welcome to apply!
  • A self-starter who’s a quick thinker on their feet! Someone who can take a project or instruction and run with it! We would of course provide all assistance needed, but this would be a great quality to see in our intern. Easy going, but hard working, sense of humor. The Foundation is a close-knit group of colleagues.