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Women Deliver: Young Leaders Program Application

 

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As a leading global advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, Women Deliver catalyzes action by bringing together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights.

Women Deliver was among the first organizations to promote the investment case for girls and women. We are recognized for impactful advocacy strategies, access to world influencers, participation on key coalitions and initiatives, and building the capacity of young people and civil society. 

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women — with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth engagement. The program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives. Started in 2010, the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is comprised of 400 youth advocates from more than 100 countries, with 300 more scheduled to join in early 2018.

Young Leaders Program is accepting new leaders for their next class!

The Application is Open Until October 13th

Apply Here!

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August 18, 2017 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

A Righteous Mind: Reflections on Health Advocacy at APHA

By Ashley Fehringer, BS

2015_AM_logoAs human beings we make snap judgments and later justify them. We view people who oppose our views as morally wrong. When we argue our point, we stay within our own moral confines and rarely attack our argument through the eyes of an opponent. We may argue that we are open-minded, but human nature is close-minded. In politics and in public health, our own human nature hinders our success in generating health policy and changing behaviors.

These are some of the main points addressed in a conversation about Advocacy for Leaders that I attended at the 2015 Annual APHA Conference. The conversation centers on the work of Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind. The book discusses why humans think the way they do. We are bound by six moral foundations and our decisions are effected by which foundations we hold to the highest esteem.

In public health, we generally hold morals such as Care, Fairness, and Liberty to higher esteem. Thus, when we make our arguments we stress the potential to save lives, the fairness of social welfare programs and the liberty created through elimination of health disparities. As a public health practitioner, all of these arguments make sense and I could not fathom how anyone could argue against our points. However, when considering things from a more conservative perspective, in which loyalty and sanctity are more highly regarded, a progressive health promotion plan may disrupt the normal order and sanctity of our communities and would therefore not be appealing to our opponents.

In public health advocacy and policy, we need to frame our argument around the moral foundations of our opponents. We need to stop “preaching to the choir,” and we need to start having real conversation about change that can work for both sides.

Of the APHA sessions I attended I found this one to be most informative and helpful for my future career. As I hope to work in public health policy and advocacy someday, this session has given me a new perspective on how to view policy and how to advocate effectively for my own cause.

Ashley Fehringer is a second-year MPH student, concentrating in maternal and child health. Her interests are in maternal and child health, early childhood development and education, and sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Fehringer will be graduating in December 2015 and will be departing for Guatemala in March 2016 to work in the Peace Corps as a Maternal and Child Health Specialist for two years.

November 13, 2015 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Job opportunity: Olympia, WA

The Washington Department of Early Learning is recruiting for the “Healthiest Next Generation Program Coordinator.” This is a project position to work on health policies and programming in the Department of Early Learning and with our Department of Health and Office for the Superintendent for Public Instruction (State Dept. of Ed).  It is a initiative launched by the Governor in the last legislative session.
 
Job Posting: http://www.del.wa.gov/about/jobs.aspx
Filter to Thurston County
 
If you have any questions, please contact:
Laura Alfani, MPH
Home Visiting Project Manager
Washington Department of Early Learning
E-mail: Laura.Alfani@del.wa.gov
Office: 360-725-4382
 
 
Job Title:
Healthiest Next Generation Program Coordinator
Opening Date/Time:
Wed. 07/16/14 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time:
Continuous
Salary:
$4,322.00 – $5,668.00 Monthly
Job Type:
Full Time – Non-Permanent
Location:
Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department:
Dept. of Early Learning
 

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July 30, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Activist Training: Washington DC

 

Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program has opened applications for the Fall 2014 training & lobby day.
Are you interested in the connections between reproductive health, family planning, climate change, and sustainable development? Are you an existing population volunteer interested in learning more about these interconnected areas, or hoping to become one? The Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program is now accepting applications for our Fall 2014 Training & Lobby Day, taking place in Washington, DC on September 6-8 or 7-9, 2014 – you get to vote!
The Fall Activist Training offers young people and adult volunteers the opportunity to gain information and skills to effectively link these intertwined issues as leaders and activists in their communities around the US, and then to engage their Congress person in a lobby day.
Please find the application here! Applications are due by August 4, 2014 at 12:00am EST.
Any questions can be directed to population@sierraclub.org.
 

July 29, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Strong Start Program Coordinator- Job Opening

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Job Requirements
The Strong Start Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing a program to increase the breastfeeding rate and promote breastfeeding as a social norm.  The Strong Start Program Coordinator should have content expertise in issues related to breastfeeding and maternal child health. 
 
Qualifications include:
A bachelor’s degree  in nursing, nutrition, public health, health sciences, or a closely related field; plus a minimum of two years of professional experience with project management and/or program implementation.  A master’s degree in a health-related field may be substituted for the required experience.
 
Job responsibilities include the following:
 
·       Programming
        Provide leadership to advance the Strong Start Breastfeeding Initiative as a part of the WIC Program
        Lead program development and implementation, including the implementation of an evidence-based peer support program for WIC sites
        Identify potential sources of funding to sustain the program
 
·       Partnerships
        Work with community partners on shared goals to improve health outcomes related to childhood obesity, nutrition, bonding and attachment
        Raise community awareness and educate about available services, the status of relevant legislation, and information regarding breastfeeding and other related maternal and child health issues through newsletters, pamphlets, public speaking, and other means
 
·       Professionalism
        Represent the New Orleans Health Department in the community as needed
        Serve as role model for staff, with a strong value on team-building, self-esteem building, and motivating staff
        Provide excellent customer service for both internal and external customers.  Will approach all encounters with a warm, professional greeting and assist to problem solve whenever necessary.  Will recognize when an issue needs further attention from a supervisor and inform management so that the problems can be addressed.
 
 
How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter to Julie Hagan, WIC Program Director, at jhagan@nola.gov.

July 3, 2014 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Place Matters, New Orleans: Student Intern-Social Media

Position Summary:

Place Matters New Orleans (PM-NOLA) is seeking an innovative, politically and social media savvy intern to set-up and manage the PM-NOLA web site, Face Book page, and Twitter Page.  PM-NOLA is a social justice initiative that is aimed at re-shaping policies that impact the health and disparate life-expectancy of New Orleans residents at the neighborhood level. PM-NOLA is focused on youth educational policy change to reduce dropping-out, as high school education completion rates are associated with increased long-term health, increased financial success and lower incarceration rates.  PM-NOLA is interested in a robust community dialogue around these issues and is seeking an ambitious student to manage the social media activities to support this agenda.

Job Location: The intern will be housed at Loyola University.

Supervisor:     Dr. Charles Corprew, Psychological Science, Loyola University

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to PM-NOLA website redesign and content.
  2. Monitor and post on all online platforms (blogs, forums, social networks and website.
  3. Conduct online outreach and promotions.
  4. Facilitate PM-NOLA website and social media optimization.
  5. Conduct and establish key word analysis to enhance user search.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. University student majoring in political science, marketing, English, or communications,
  2. Marketing or business administration with substantial or proven experience on the web and effective use of social media at the organizational level.
  3. Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  4. Genuine sensitivity to the needs of all children and commitment to youth education.
  5. Professional attitude and manner that reflects the high standards of the PM-NOLA initiative.

 

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Effective verbal and listening communication skills & ability to communicate effectively.
  2. A solid understanding of policy and education issues affecting youth in New Orleans.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to translate and direct ideas and posts into positive dialogue.
  4. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  5. Strong attention to detail.
  6. Ability to think proactively and function independently
  7. Personal Attributes: honest, trustworthy, and respectful, possess cultural awareness and sensitivity, flexibility, demonstrate sound work ethics.
  8. Should possess basic knowledge of the Place Matters initiative and be able to articulate program goals.

Compensation: Interns will be expected to log 15-20 hours per week during their tenure and compensated at $10 per hour.

Posting Date:  Opens August 26, 2012 and closes September 16, 2013.

Application Instructions: E-Mail questions, cover sheets and resumes to OrleansPlaceMatters@gmail.com

September 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Place Matters, New Orleans: Student Administrative Intern

Position Summary:

Place Matters New Orleans (PM-NOLA) is seeking an ambitious, well-organized intern to set-up and manage the PM-NOLA office.  PM-NOLA is a social justice initiative that is aimed at re-shaping policies that impact the health and disparate life-expectancy of New Orleans residents at the neighborhood level. PM-NOLA is focused on youth educational policy change to reduce dropping-out, as high school education completion rates are associated with increased long-term health, increased financial success and lower incarceration rates.  PM-NOLA is interested in a robust community dialogue around these issues and is seeking an ambitious student to manage the office including routing phone calls, maintaining and organizing meetings, keeping minutes, scheduling events, etc.

Location: This intern will housed at Loyola University in an office space to be determined.

Supervisor:     Dr. Charles Corprew, Psychological Science, Loyola University

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Organize the PM-NOLA office.
  2. Manage and follow-up on phone calls and route callers to the appropriate PM-NOLA Team.
  3. Coordinate PM-NOLA Team meetings.
  4. Maintain meeting notes and facilitate follow-up on meeting and program activities.
  5. Assist with organizing PM-NOLA press releases, publications, issue briefs etc.
  6. Assist with routine programmatic research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. University student majoring in business administration, public administration or general studies.
  2. Proven experience with effective administration in non-profit or with a university program.
  3. Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  4. Genuine sensitivity to the needs of all children and commitment to youth education.
  5. Professional attitude and manner that reflects the high standards of the PM-NOLA initiative.

 

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Effective verbal and listening communication skills & ability to communicate effectively.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to translate and direct ideas and posts into positive dialogue.
  3. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  4. Strong attention to detail.
  5. Ability to think proactively and function independently.
  6. Personal Attributes: honest, trustworthy, and respectful, possess cultural awareness and sensitivity, flexibility, demonstrate sound work ethics.

Compensation: Interns will be expected to log 15-20 hours per week during their tenure and compensated at $10 per hour.

Posting Date:  Opens August 26, 2012 and closes September 16, 2013.

Application Instructions: E-Mail questions, cover sheets and resumes to OrleansPlaceMatters@gmail.com.

September 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

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