Minnesota Internship Center
CHC Host Site Since: June 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Amy Libman, Director of Student Support Services
MNIC is a decentralized inner city charter high school, with four locations targeting low income populations both immigrant (a small percentage of total students) and U.S. born (mainly African-American) students, ages 15 -20, who are at great risk of not completing high school. MNIC opened its doors to students in September 2003 and has a strong commitment to finding effective strategies to retain, teach, and graduate its very non-traditional students. Its mission is to provide unique learning opportunities both in the classroom and in the broader community through service, internships and paid work.
The Student Support Services Department seeks to provide needed services to students in the areas of social work, daily nutrition, homelessness advocacy, academic tutoring and college and career planning and implementation. The CHC VISTA plays a vital role with that department in building the institutional supports needed to address its students’ pressing health needs. Over one fourth of its students need help getting health insurance and the top health concerns are anger/depression, pregnancy/parenting and dental health. The 2011-12 CHC VISTA position will focus on capacity building initiatives that address these health concerns.
- Increase low-income people’s access to campus-assisted direct healthcare services or benefit from campus-assisted prevention-related health literacy projects statewide.
- Increase the usage of the People’s Center Health Clinic by MNIC students and their families.
- Ensure that every MNIC student and family member has the opportunity to apply for Medical Assistance or health insurance.
- Increase the capacity of MNIC students to self advocate in the medical care system.
- Build capacity through improving, expanding, and beginning campus-community partnerships to address healthcare access and health literacy.
- Develop the Health Advocate opportunity for university volunteers and interns.
- Explore and create formal partnerships with local stakeholders (i.e. businesses, other nonprofits, etc), local universities, focusing on the colleges of Public Health, CFANS, Social Work, Family Social Science, and Medical Sciences that will lead to new health resources for MNIC students and families.
- Create a MNIC Health Council made up of MNIC staff and students, collaborative partners, and health professionals.
- Establish a solid foundation of identified health related MNIC student/family needs and develop a three year strategic plan to meet those needs.
- Conduct a school wide needs assessment of student/family health needs.
- Research successful health disparity reduction programs in similar settings with similar populations.
- Help co-lead a strategic planning process for decreasing health disparity with MNIC students and families.