2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

Mission: Blue Mountain Heart to Heart works to promote public health and increase wellness among our community members with advocacy, education, harm reduction, and support for individuals across a spectrum of chronic conditions, with a special emphasis on HIV prevention and care.

Project: The Fellow will engage in one of three major initiatives at Blue Mountain Heart to Heart (BMH2H)—starting up a new syringe exchange in the Tri-Cities area, working on opioid overdose reversal via trainings and naloxone distribution, or health policy work and program design to create a new case management service for opioid drug users.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Health Policy Fellow

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week:  6-7 hours per week; schedule TBD with Fellow. Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Everett Maroon, 509-529-4744, e.maroon@bmh2h.org

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Project management processes, theory, outcome-prioritized execution
  • Performance measurement of projects and tasks, vis a vis program goals and outcomes
  • Collaborative work with continuous improvement
  • Nonprofit funding and its relationship to supporting the overall mission
  • Did our project work? Why? Why not? What do we tell others about it?

Skills Required:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Familiarity with electronic spreadsheets, databases, and flowcharting software
  • Research and data collection skills (e.g., creating literature reviews, conducting surveys)
  • Adaptability to working in groups and alone, shifts in schedule and duties
  • Critical thinking


  • Accurate data collection (e.g., exchange transactions, surveys after naloxone training sessions)
  • Thorough reporting and communications to stakeholders and director
  • Engaged collaboration with stakeholders (e.g., public health staff, BMH2H staff, exchangers) to support desired outcomes
  • Thoughtful judgments on work accomplished, upcoming goals, recommendations for program improvement
  • Task completion as assigned, unless changed in consultation with director


  • Initiative-taking!
  • Ask questions early and often (NO SURPRISES!)
  • Professional, courteous, team player
  • Respect all whom you encounter as a representative of BMH2H
  • Reliability and punctuality

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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