Community Health Equity

Worksite Location
Cornell University with focus on community resources in Tompkins County and surrounding regions.
Project Dates
May 28, 2018 – August 17, 2018
Faculty Sponsor
Rebecca Seguin, PhD, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Stipend Amount
$4,500
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Intern will work under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Seguin to identify and catalogue community resources which address and promote health equity in Tompkins County and the surrounding region. Community resources could include committees/boards, networks, initiatives, and activities within and outside of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). Intern will determine and document what local groups focused on health equity are identifying as their top priority areas, and why, and what types of approaches they’re using, how they are being implemented, as well as, how they measure success. Intern will have an opportunity to attend local events to get in-person exposure to the discussions and debates related to health equity. 

Roles and Responsibilities

As a result of this work, a community resources catalogue will be developed (or updated for future interns) and made available to community organizations for posting online or distributing at their events.  The community resources catalogue will aim to raise awareness of available resources within Tompkins County among participating organizations as well as the public they serve.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter, which includes a statement of interest/motivation and description highlighting qualifications and previous related coursework or experience working in the community or with diverse audiences to 

Benefits and Skills

Intern will learn about the intersection of healthcare organization, community-based nonprofits, resident groups, and others in coming together to address health equity from multiple perspectives. They will gain an understanding of the complex interplay between social justice, resource allocation, trust, and other dynamics that exist and sometimes compete in these spaces. They will have an opportunity to observe what local groups focused on health equity are identifying as their top priority areas, and why, and what types of approaches they’re using, how they are being implemented, and how they measure success.