Opioid Regional Work Group Coordinator, Health Federation of Philadelphia and Prevention Point Philadelphia

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00am
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Job Summary: 

There is a voluntary task force meeting to develop a regional approach to address overdose prevention.  It has met quarterly (March and June 2017) to strategize a regional response and to create best practices for addressing the challenges and complex issues of coordinating a response across multiple counties.  These discussions include categories and work groups on data sharing, services for medically assisted treatment, access to naloxone and emergency response, warm hand off, safer prescribing practices, and the creation of a regional treatment inventory.

Responsibilities of Intern:

The Opioid Regional Work Group Coordinator will be responsible for spearheading and coordinating deliverables of a regional work group focused on preventing and addressing opioid abuse and overdose throughout the southeastern Pennsylvania and southern NJ region. Specific functions of the intern will include:

  • Scheduling and coordinating all logistics for a quarterly work group focused on opioid abuse and overdose, and. taking meeting minutes;
  • Working closely with work group planning committee and members to develop a detailed work group strategic, action and work plan;
  • Coordinating next steps and deliverables determined at each quarterly meeting, and ensuring deliverables and outputs are produced by determined deadlines;
  • Implementing and pushing forward a number of deliverables determined as a priority by the work group.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Desk and literature reviews;
  • Assisting in provider training on safer prescribing practices;
  • Creation of policy and program briefs and recommendations;
  • Phone and in-person interviews with relevant stakeholders; and
  • Development and implementation of evaluation tools

Minimum qualifications:

  • Enrollment in graduate program in public health, preferably health policy/management, or other related field;
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral
  • Ability to work independently
  • Highly-adaptable, detail-oriented, and organized

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in a coordinator role;
  • Experience with literature reviews
  • Knowledge of PubMed and other literature databases
  • Experience with evaluation tool development;
  • Knowledge of the opioid epidemic in the United States

Major or Degree Program: Graduate program in public health or other relevant discipline

Compensation: This is an UNPAID internship.

Learning Opportunities:

  • This intern will benefit by gaining experience in public health, health policy and management and non­profit project management. The intern will learn about the opioid and substance abuse epidemic in the United States as well as Southeastern PA. The organizational and policy challenges to providing prevention and response cross jurisdictional boundaries, and how to overcome those barriers. The intern will also learn a great deal about how to work in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, and the skills necessary to push forward community-based projects and programs.
  • The intern will be encouraged to network with other HFP and Prevention Point staff (including social workers, public health professionals, trainers, policy advocates and direct service staff), attend trainings hosted by HFP and Prevention Point, and learn about the different departments and programs within the organization(s).


  • The intern will be co-supervised by Ann Ricksecker, Deputy Executive Director of HFP and Silvana, Associate Executive Director, Prevention Point Philadelphia with weekly standing meetings with one or both supervisors to review work plans for the week, and ensure that the intern has clear expectations and support/guidance to complete all assigned tasks.
  • Tisha Nickenig, HFP Intern Coordinator also provides support/supervision to all HFP interns and will meet with the intern on a bi-weekly basis either in a group and/or individual setting to ensure the intern is receiving the guidance/support they require

Location: The intern will report to either Health Federation of Philadelphia, 1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Pa 19107 or Prevention Point Philadelphia, 2913 Kensington Avenue, 19134 during the duration of this internship. Periodic meetings outside these locations may be required.

Hours per week: 15-20 hours per week.  Hours are flexible.

Internship Duration: 09/08/2017 through 05/18/2018

How to Apply: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Tisha Nickenig with ​”Opioid Regional Work Group Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please.