Community Health Worker Internship Program

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Office of Community Health Innovation awards up to 5 Community Health Worker (CHW) internships each academic year. Community Health Workers (CHW's) perform a broad range of health-related functions and play an important role in bridging the gap between communities, healthcare, and social service systems.

According to the Department of Labor, a 21% increase for CHWs is projected by 2022 - more than twice the projected increase of other professions.

CHW Internship Program Benefits Include:

To apply for this Internship Program please view the program requirement page.

About the Program

Interns will gain experience working at Million Hearts® sponsored events including blood pressure and cholesterol and glucose screenings in the community. Million Hearts® is a national initiative by the CDC with an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022 by doing the following:

outreach event

  • Improving access to effective care
  • Improving quality of care for the ABCS of heart health:
    • Aspirin when appropriate
    • Blood pressure control
    • Cholesterol management
    • Smoking cessation
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle
  • Improving the prescription of and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS

Speak Spanish?
Although the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, Spanish-speaking interns are highly desirable due to the great diversity among residents of Maricopa County.

What Are the Goals of the Community Health Worker Internship Program?

The goals of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Internship Program are to:

  • Improve health literacy among low-income communities in Maricopa County for better health outcomes;
  • Increase the number of trained CHWs in Maricopa County; and
  • Expand and promote the CHW Internship and Certificate Program, increasing both the number of applicants and the number of recipients each academic year.
  1. Community Health Worker Internship Program

    Physical Address
    4041 N Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

    Phone: 602-506-9328

Check Program Requirements