End of Life Choices New York is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand end of life options, and improve end of life care, so all New Yorker’s can have the best possible quality of life at the end of life. We advocate for stronger rights for those at the end of life. We provide free counseling and support to those preparing their advance directives, serving as a caregiver, or who are approaching the end of life themselves. We offer education and training to the general public and healthcare professionals.
Unfortunately, many New Yorkers receive end of life care incongruent with their wishes and values. Additionally, only approximately 30% of adults complete advance directives documenting who they would want to speak for them if they lost the ability to communicate, and what their wishes would be in these circumstances. This number is even lower in African American/Black communities, and these communities also face poorer pain and symptom management and higher levels of intensive care.
End of Life Choices New York seeks a Health Communications Intern to assist with this initiative, with a particular focus on social media outreach and online communications. This is a remote position, approximately 10-15 hours a week for 4-6 months (timeline/time commitment can be extended or modified based on program requirements).
Under the supervision of the Director of Outreach and Education and the Executive Director, activities will include, but not be limited to:
· Work with staff to develop communication strategies and help execute these strategies.
· Improve existing online content and draft/share new content to make information about advance care planning accessible and engaging for the general public.
· Help identify potential collaborators and partners, including other non-profit and community organizations.
· Contribute to the development of an evaluation plan for the initiative, and assist with the evaluation (including monitoring and analysis of social media and website analytics).
· Draft, design, and/or edit visually-engaging educational material including infographics, videos, images, and presentations.
· Monitor and share relevant articles and other information.
· Assist with educational programming, including webinars.
We see this as a social justice issue, and have launched an initiative to share information about advance care planning with African American/Black New Yorkers and offer free resources to help.
· Strong analytical, writing, communication, and time-management skills.
· Attention to detail
· Ability to work independently and as a team.
· Experience communicating health-related information in an accessible, compelling, understandable, and relatable manner (training in health literacy a plus).*
· Experience turning long and/or complex health-related information into short “bite-sized” plain-language messages.*
· Demonstrated familiarity with social media platforms and basic design (graphic design experience a plus).
· Personal or professional experience working with African American/Black, LGBTQ+, Latinx, and/or other underserved communities.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
· Basic qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills.
· Passion for social justice and addressing health disparities.
· A current student or recent graduate, in/from a health communications, public health, community health, public policy, social work, marketing, or other health- or social justice-related graduate program.
· Passionate learner who is motivated to take on challenges.
· Enthusiasm for the mission of End of Life Choices New York.