Central Valley Health Policy Institute
Fellowships & Internships
Opportunities with CVHPI
Since 2005, the Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) at Fresno State’s Central Valley Health Policy Institute has offered professional growth and development opportunities to emerging local and regional leaders as they explore key issues in health policy.
Please click here to view more information about the Health Policy Leadership Program with CVHPI.
The goal of the Research Internship experience is for students to learn to understand, analyze, interpret and communicate qualitative and/or quantitative data. Although interns will vary in emphasis, all should develop critical foundation skills in working with data in a scientifically sound environment.
Please click here to view more information about the Research Internship with CVHPI.
The Health Career Connection (HCC) Summer Internship
Program provides undergraduates and recent college graduates with Practical Experience, Exposure, Mentoring, Professional Development, and Networking.
Please click here to view more information about applying for the HCC Internship program.
Since 2005, the Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) at Fresno State’s Central Valley Health Policy Institute has offered professional growth and development opportunities to emerging local and regional leaders. Participants of HPLP will explore key issues in health policy as they connect with other emerging leaders. The vision of HPLP is to build capacity through a network of multi-sector professionals who gain valuable knowledge and leadership skills in health equity. HPLP participants can expect to engage in meaningful peer-to-peer discussions pertinent to the health of the San Joaquin Valley region.
Recent events and state investments into climate change mitigation and resilience have sparked a conversation about the role of public health in education, strategies, and measuring the effectiveness of investments in the health of communities. However, we need a framework of a common understanding of region-specific climate change effects and mitigation strategies.
In the San Joaquin Valley, the sociopolitical climate is divided and can, at best, take some meaningful action to mitigate the effects of climate change. The effects already being experienced in the region and the existing economic challenges for families. HPLP offers the opportunity to develop common language and identify plans for community-led strategies to create resiliency among communities. Theoretical frameworks of the cumulative impact of social and environmental hazards on vulnerable populations are gaining broad support among policymakers and advocates. As such, efforts to build healthier, more prosperous communities now emphasize equitable neighborhoods, resident-led redevelopment, and strong local institutions for resilience and sustainability.
The HPLP 2023-2024: Climate Change and Public Health Intersections Cohort will provide knowledge-grounding and skill-developing opportunities for emerging public and nonprofit leaders. Participants will learn leadership skills with a focus on enhancing their organization’s capacity to understand, plan, and convey climate change mitigation and resilience strategies in the San Joaquin Valley.
APPLIED SKILLS PROJECT
HPLP participants will work in groups to develop, implement, and report on projects that address specific equity and renewal challenges for their organizations and communities. Past projects explored priority issues such as engaging uninsured persons in preventive care, engaging residents in addressing environmental concerns, building resident and neighborhood capacity for partnerships for system and policy change, and enhancing organizational capacity to address health inequalities or other topics.
The Health Policy Leadership Program consists of 13 hybrid virtual/in-person sessions across 8 months.
- 9 sessions
- 4 hours
- via Zoom
- 4 sessions
- 6 Hours
- Lunch provided
Each month, starting on September 22, 2023, sessions will include lecture materials and small group conversations about various health equity challenges and how a health equity lens is a useful tool for planning institutional and social movement-oriented solutions. It is recommended, but not necessary, that two or more people from an organization or network participate in HPLP in order to create impactful projects.
If you would like to join the HPLP Climate Change and Public Health Intersections cohort, please apply via the online application and submit a letter of support from your supervisor authorizing the required time commitment.
We welcome participants from all career paths including public health, social services, economic and community development agencies, and the full range of community-based and grass-root organizations who want to have an impact on this important issue.
In this program, you will develop skills and knowledge to:
- Understand health equity and integrate climate issues within public health
- Engage with others and strategically communicate around health equity and the public health implications of climate change
- Develop an understanding and analysis of cumulative impact screening tools and vulnerability to communicate effectively with local leaders and peers
- Conduct and interpret organizational assessment and strategic planning techniques
- Use the latest available data sources and plan for new research to identify and understand barriers to health equity and public health-related climate mitigation strategies
- Employ health equity and renewal tools to guide program development
- Develop and test messaging and outreach strategies for health equity and climate change
For questions or comments, please contact Stephanie Chan at the following:
*Please note that the office is currently undergoing transitionary changes and email is the best form of contact as of 7/7/2022. We apologize for any inconveniences.
Applications for the HPLP is now closed for the year. Check back again next year!
Posted August 4, 2022
Last updated September 15, 2023
The goal of the Research Internship experience is for students to learn to understand, analyze, interpret and communicate qualitative and/or quantitative data. Although interns will vary in emphasis, all should develop critical foundation skills in working with data in a scientifically sound environment. Tasks may include the following and are not limited to conducting literature reviews, data transcription and entry, manage data systems and databases, implement data analysis techniques, produce graphic information and reports, and contribute independently towards a team goal. Internships are part-time and are based at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute.
The educational outcomes and learning objectives for interns will be to:
Learn measures and indicators within a health policy theoretical framework, most importantly
those under the social determinants of health.
Learn to use and synthesize publicly available quantitative data and policy information.
Learn how to use survey platforms, conduct focus groups, code and report qualitative data.
Central Valley Health Policy Institute
1625 E. Shaw Ave, Suite #146
Fresno, CA 93710
When to Apply
We accept applications for research interns three times in a calendar year. Please apply by these deadlines.
Fall: Last Friday of July
Spring: Last Friday of November
Summer: Last Friday of April
How to Apply
We offer our Research Internship to Fresno State students and non-Fresno State students alike. Individuals who are currently an undergraduate, graduate, or seeking experience in the field of public health research are more than welcome to apply. Due to the competitive nature of the Research Internship, we are requesting all those interested to submit a CV or resume with a personal statement with no more than 750 words. To apply, please write to Dr. Alcala (email@example.com) with a CV or resume and a statement with the following items:
Tell us about yourself.
How might your interests align with being a research intern with CVHPI?
What are your short-term goals for this research position? What are your long-term goals?
If you are a Fresno State student, please include your most up to date GPA.
For more information regarding the CVHPI Research Internship, please contact Dr. Alcala via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted August 23, 2021
Last updated September 26, 2023
The Central Valley Health Policy Institute is working in partnership with Health Career Connection (HCC) to offer a 10-week health care internship during the summer months.
For more detailed information about HCC student internships and to apply, please visit the HCC website.
Please note: interested students should apply directly through Health Career Connection website.
If you have any questions or interest in becoming an intern, please email Dr. Alcala at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute.
Posted August 1, 2021
Last updated August 9, 2023