Intern: OPEN for Oral Health Activation Program


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network of over 40 member public health institutes in over 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states.

NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT). NCCPHT supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated network of Regional Public Health Training Centers and other network partners nationwide that work together in co-creating, modernizing, standardizing, and distributing evenly to all communities and Tribes quality training, tools, and resources that advance the nation’s public health workforce throughout all fifty states, tribal communities and five US territories.

NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC. Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from locations throughout the United States.

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) serves as the fiscal agent for the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, Inc. (OPEN, Inc.). As its fiscal agent, NNPHI provides interim support for administrative needs, human resources, and funds control along with access to a depth of expertise, knowledge, and partners. OPEN, Inc., serves as the backbone organization of the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN). OPEN believes that oral health is vital to overall health, yet there are barriers in place, which, like locked doors, prevent people from accessing oral care. OPEN won’t stand for this failure to live up to our ideals as a nation by leaving people to suffer unjustly and unnecessarily from preventable oral health issues. Our purpose as a Network is to take on America’s oral health challenges so that everyone has an equitable chance to thrive. Our change agents won’t stop until everyone has the keys they need to fully access good oral health. Over the last decade, OPEN has emerged from a nationwide conversation among policymakers, providers, public health activists, and grassroots organizers who acknowledge that the system of health care we have in place today is not working for people’s overall health and wellbeing, and that it’s time to work together to build a better reality. The Network of more than 2,000 change agents and organizations collaborates to work toward specific and measurable targets. The backbone of the Network, OPEN, Inc., was formed in 2019 to support this oral health work and to address health equity and social justice.

Position Summary:

OPEN, Inc. is seeking an intern to assist in the development of its National Internship Program. The OPEN Internship for Oral Health Activation project designed to increase capacity for our Network Members to further our work towards Oral Health Progress and Equity. The OPEN Internship program is an opportunity for OPEN members to engage with the best and brightest of our next generation and offer opportunities to partner with recognized agents for change and together create strategies that will alter the discussion and provide the pathway to usher in sustainable changes to our health care system. This project will have two major approaches.

  • This program will match graduate students and other (yet to be determined) scholars, individuals, sabbatical awardees, or other work-release programs with network members to support or expand the overall oral health work. We will select an organization as the Lead organization for this effort as described in the Scope of Work.
  • We will (a) provide curriculum and OPEN content for interns who are at network member agencies and (b) play matchmaker for member agencies and graduate level interns to expand oral health equity capacity. Both programs will run concurrently and have different/separate budgets and staffing requirements.

This individual will assist in project development and implementation of the internship program with a specific focus on the curriculum, research, and data management. The intern will work with specified members of OPEN’s National Oral Health Connection Team (NOHCT) and the Chief Impact and Strategy Officer. This will be a 20 hour/week position conducted virtually and may include limited travel as appropriate. The position can begin immediately after hire and continue through December, 2022 or as negotiated.

I. The Concept/Frame

Helping to construct an oral health system that is equitable, affordable, and accessible; one that produces quality outcomes for everyone across the lifespan is at the core of everything OPEN does.  Creating a system that relies upon collaboration, data-driven cross-sectional care and demonstrating value while saving costs will improve quality of life for all.  OPEN is at the forefront of this change serving as a change-agent leader in bringing together opportunities to ensure all people have equitable oral health care.

II. OPEN JEDI Statement

We are committed to building an environment that values everyone equally while addressing inequalities, including historical and contemporary injustices. We view optimal oral health and access to effective and affordable oral health care as a right rather than a privilege.

We are committed to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) that includes a commitment to systemic change and the assurance of the structural and personal conditions needed to support equity and inclusion for all people.

We believe that a commitment to JEDI must be action oriented. It includes applying a health equity and social justice lens to our oral health work and our personal thinking and practice. It requires building an ongoing practice of critical reflection within our organization and the broader systems perpetuating inequities. No one of us as individuals and no one institution will be perfect. Still, at OPEN, we are committed to the practice of JEDI and helping each other be accountable to practices that foster an inclusive environment. Otherwise, we are in danger of reinforcing health inequities, often unintentionally.

We believe that JEDI is a process that requires continual reflection and commitment that is best understood through aligned action at the micro and macro levels.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line: Attn: Open Intern. Please label all attachments with first and last name. Please include in your cover letter your desired start and end dates and your desired location, New Orleans, LA or Washington, DC. Applicants who are invited for an interview will be asked to provide references.

NNPHI’s Values Statement to our Employees

  • We value each employee as a whole person and support a healthy life balance.
  • We believe in a work environment that promotes health and wellness.
  • We believe in investing in the growth and passion of our employees to create a workforce that positively affects social change.

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