Program Intern

End of Life Choices New York is the leading organization in New York working to improve end of life care and expand end of life options, to ensure a humane and peaceful death. The issues that EOLCNY works on, and the activities in which we engage, are about quality of health care, health care choices, and human rights, autonomy, justice and the relief of human suffering.We provide a variety of educational and outreach efforts to inform the public about end of life options. We are also raising awareness around New York State legislation on end of life options and patient rights. We aggressively pursue legal reforms to improve pain management and palliative care.

Hours Per Week: 15 hours per week

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BACKGROUND
New Yorkers faces significant challenges in accessing end of life care. Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. New Yorkers are less like to use hospice. We rank 49th in hospice utilization. Only about 30 percent of adults in the state have written directives in place to ensure their healthcare wishes are known should they become too ill to communicate them. As a result, New Yorkers are likely to suffer, often needlessly, at the end of their lives.

This especially affects people of color; whose communities face bias and in medical care. These communities often overlook end of life discussions and preparation and are therefore especially vulnerable. Hispanic and Black Americans are far less likely to have completed an advanced directive than their white peers. Discrimination takes many forms at the end of life, including poor pain management, inadequate communication between healthcare providers and families, and medical interventions without informed consent.
INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW
EOLCNY wants to communicate options and patient’s rights to New Yorkers and better prepare them for the last chapter in their lives. There is a lot of information out there about the disparities in death and dying as it relates to race, but there is relatively sparse information on Black New Yorkers and their self-identified end of life care needs.

To address this, we are conducting a survey based on the experience of Black New Yorkers. Through the study, we seek to understand the end of life needs, views, and experiences of Black New Yorkers. The data collected will be used to create a report to inform future programs, policies, and resources to improve end of life care. We are seeking an intern to assist us with our outreach efforts to organizations throughout the state to facilitate study recruitment.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to multi-task and work independently.
  • Strong research skills
  • Proficient in social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok).
  • High level of energy and commitment
  • Professional interest in nursing, social work, health policy, aging, medicine, public policy, public health, or other health care issues.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency.
  • Passion for social justice and addressing health disparities.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of End of Life Choices New York.
  • Dedicated learner who is motivated to take on challenges.
  • Experience with video editing and design programs like Canva or Photoshop preferred, not required.
  • RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work with EOLCNY staff to increase the number of individuals completing the survey by:
    • Identifying potential collaborators and partners.
    • Creating an outreach strategy to promote the survey to faith organizations, nonprofits, schools, professional groups, and community groups.
    • Promoting the survey through social media
  • Help answer questions about the survey through email and phone.
  • Call organizations to ask about sharing the survey.
  • Help create, share, and mail promotional materials about the survey (flyers, social media posts, email templates).
  • Create and maintain a database of all the organizations we contacted about the survey.
  • Help create questions for focus groups based on survey.
  • Additional research projects and duties as determined by the Executive Director and Director of Outreach and Education.
  • BENEFITS
  • Remote
  • We would be happy to work with you and your school to ensure you receive academic credit (when applicable)
  • Opportunity to apply and acquire new skills
  • Learn about program development, implementation, and evaluation in a non-profit setting.
  • HOW TO APPLY
    To apply please send resume and cover letter to ayana@eolcny.org In the cover letter, please include the following:
  • Why you want this internship
  • How you plan to apply your professional or course work experience and skills
  • What you hope to learn and/or what skills/experience you hope to develop
  • Your current GPA
  • Any other information you want us to know
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