The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a champion for public health in the Commonwealth. We are a catalyst for change, eliminating health inequities and promoting healthy communities for all. As a statewide organization, MPHA engages local leaders, state organizations, public officials, and others to improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents. MPHA uses an effective combination of advocacy, education, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to secure investments in public health, promote health equity, and bolster our public health infrastructure. In all our work, we seek to improve the social conditions in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces that have an impact on health and to listen to the voices and priorities of communities most impacted by health inequities.
Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of systemic racism and other forms of oppression that have been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework guides our external work and internal practices in addressing all forms of health inequities. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.
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Student Roles and Responsibilities
Students will play an important role in policy analysis, research, writing, and advocacy on key MPHA policy priorities. Each student will act as the lead on one or more projects over the course of the semester(s), to be determined based on matching student interest and skills with organizational need. In addition, students will play a support role on other projects, working closely with MPHA staff. Projects may include:
- Research and writing on policy priorities, including the drafting of policy papers, presentations, fact sheets, and press releases
- Supporting advocacy activities, which may include legislative outreach, and briefings
- Participating in MPHA state budget advocacy, including analyzing the state budget, drafting statements, filing budget amendments, and working with coalition allies to advocate for public health funding
- Designing new training and capacity building activities to support local public health leaders
- Supporting MPHA events, including the MPHA Annual Conference and Spring Awards Breakfast
- Supporting evaluation activities of MPHA’s advocacy and organizing
- Graduate student in public health, social work (macro), communications or related field (advanced undergraduate students with relevant work or volunteer experience may be considered)
- Experience with community organizing or advocacy – either paid or volunteer
- Excellent communications skills – writing and speaking
- Commitment to public health, prevention, and health equity
- Highly organized and motivated
- Minimum time commitment is the Spring semester (January-May) for 16-20 hours/week. Preference is given to students available for the Spring and Fall semesters.
- All positions are unpaid.
Currently, all MPHA staff and interns are working remotely and are not traveling. We will begin a gradual return to the office at some point in the future, consistent with public health guidance.
Send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (ideally related to advocacy work) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.