INTERNSHIP-Latinx Legacy Leaders - Kern County/Bakersfield
American Heart Association-Western States
The American Heart Association’s Legacy Leader Internship Program provides COLLEGE students the opportunity to work in the field of public health at a premier non-profit organization with an impeccable reputation for promoting a healthy lifestyle free from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Under close supervision and mentorship of experienced public health professionals, students will apply classroom learning to practical problems. Throughout this process students will develop and strengthen skills such as: research methods, health communication, and community engagement.
Students will enhance their existing skill set by learning strategies to improve health outcomes in diverse communities by conducting health education workshops, developing and implementing outreach strategies to specific racial ethnic minority communities, and create culturally competent resources that can be utilized by these communities to prevent or manage cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke.
Legacy Leader Internship Program Outcomes:
- Orient students to the principles and practices of public health planning, research administration and evaluation.
- Expand student’s understanding of public health by increasing their awareness of cultural needs, and challenges of connecting resources to diverse populations.
- Students will learn the benefit of strategic partnerships between health care professionals, businesses and community-based organizations to improve population health.
- Deepen student’s understanding of the social determinants of health such as income, education, built environment and access to medical care.
What do Legacy Leaders DO?
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH learn how to talk about Social Determinants of Health
COMMUNITY EDUCATION of Stroke, Heart Disease, Hands-Only CPR, Healthy Living & High Blood Pressure
PROJECT MANAGEMENT of community health projects
LEAD EFFORTS to build a culture of health in the community
COORDINATE community outreach and event implementation
RECRUIT new Legacy Leaders
RESEARCH and outreach to new community strategic partnerships
What are the REQUIREMENTS of this internship?
DESIRE to volunteer your time to the community
Attend a mandatory
INFO Session and TRAINING by AHA|ASA
A ONE-YEAR unpaid commitment to AHA|ASA
ATTEND at least three (3) American Heart Association events virtually& LEAD your own virtual event (with help from other Legacy Leaders, Legacy Leader Coordinators, AHA Supervisor, provided resources, etc.)
MONTHLY conference calls (as needed)
What do I GET OUT of this internship?
EXPERIENCE in outreach and event planning
AHA|ASA Branded POLO
Legacy Leader GRADUATION SASH
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
SERVING the community
About American Heart Association-Western States
1710 Gilbreth Road, Suite 100, Burlingame, CA 94010, US
Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
For the first time, the American Heart Association has defined poor, intermediate and ideal cardiovascular health -- using seven easy-to-understand measures.
This new definition, focusing on health factors and lifestyle behaviors, comes when an association survey finds that nearly four in 10 American adults (39 percent) think they have ideal heart health; yet 54 percent of those said a health professional had told them they had a risk factor for heart disease and/or needed to make a lifestyle change to improve their heart health.
Armed with these findings, the American Heart Association has launched a national goal to not only reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke but also to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans.