Navigating Access to Care Internship (Pre-Health Opportunity)
Spearheaded by the former Dental Director of the iconic Berkeley Free Clinic and spotlighted by the American Dental Association and the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Just Health 510 is a young non-profit that aims to empower people every day to live a happy and healthy life by providing complete oral care, regardless of ability to pay. The clinic serves immigrants, military veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and other low-income individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.
With support from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Just Health 510 is seeking passionate, driven individuals interested in joining its Navigating Access to Care (NAC) program—a wraparound service system launched in January 2019 that streamlines patient access to other high-quality healthcare, public benefits, financial resources, and social services in the East Bay. Under the direction of the NAC Coordinators, interns help patients enroll in healthcare coverage and provide eligibility screenings, referrals, and navigation services. We emphasize connecting individuals to programs that increase access to healthy foods, housing rights trainings, and cell phone, internet, and utility bill support. Interns will have the opportunity to become certified enrollment counselors and may work alongside staff members to conduct off-site health insurance eligibility screening and enrollment workshops. Interns may also assist the Clinical Operations Director to ensure efficient flow of clinic operations.
Interns can expect to walk away from this experience with a greater understanding of the health needs of the underserved, the landscape of resources that can support a patient’s health, and the unique challenges and opportunities of running a young non-profit organization. Outstanding interns will be eligible for a recommendation letter for graduate school admissions.
Just Health 510 welcomes all general and specialty dentists to come by to check out our clinic. Please contact admin@JustHealth510.org to schedule a tour.