Intern/Fellows Program

L.A. Net is currently seeking students interested in conducting public health research for our Intern/Fellows Program. This a unpaid opportunity to participate on our current research projects. Email us if you are interested or would like more information.

Research Projects

Implementing the Chronic Care Model in Safety Net using Practice Facilitation Interventions

Activities include: Assisting in conducting wait rooms surveys, conducting chart audits, assisting in entering, analyzing and reporting results of provider, staff and patient surveys, and results of chart audits on HEDIS quality indicators back to practices, assisting in design and development of curriculum for training QI coaches, and “toolkit” to support their work with other practices.

Leading the National Learning Network on Patient Centered Medical Home Transformation

Activities include: Assisting in planning meeting and preparing documents for use in meeting, possibly assisting at meeting in February, assisting in designing and facilitating monthly learning webinars on PCMH transformation.

Improving Use of Chronic Kidney Disease Guidelines and Management in Safety Net Practices

Activities include: Helping to prepare IRB application, helping to recruit practices to project and developing program materials, helping to collect and analyze baseline data.

Rates of COPD In Urban Populations and Quality of Care Delivered

Activities include: Assisting in orienting physicians to project, assisting in collecting of wait room surveys, assisting in developing summary report on findings and preparing presentations to the practices on findings.

Social Marketing and Membership Developments for L.A. Net

Activities include: Assisting in expanding/enhancing website, outreach materials, assisting in developing social media plan for the organization, assisting in planning annual forum/meeting/event for network members in December.

Development of Madres a Madres Promotor Program to Strength Immigrant Families

Activities include: Assisting in identifying graphic artist to develop professional visuals for program, assisting in article development on the project reporting results of recent study, developing training curriculum to support replication of program in US and nationally.

Collocated Legal/Medical Services Planning Project

Activities include: Assisting in developing planning grant to the California Endowment to replicate successful legal services program at St. Johns and expansion of model to include integration into the PCMH team based care model.

Peers For Progress International Peer Mentoring Program

Activities include: Assisting in developing a toolkit/replication manual for a peer mentoring intervention for diabetic patients occurring in a well resourced health care setting. This project is occurring in the context of a large international effort involving more than 20 countries.

The Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Safety Net

L.A. Net has recently finished a study of barriers/facilitators to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) care in the safety-net for the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). Nine Los Angeles Community Health Centers participated in the project, revealing that OSA is infrequently screened or diagnosed and sleep studies and treatment are difficult to access.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Assist with article on the management of OSA in the safety net
  • Clinical presentation to participating clinics on the results of the study

Implementing Practice Coaching and the Chronic Care Model in Practices Serving Vulnerable Populations

AHRQ-funded project to improve the delivery and efficiency of chronic care through the spread of the Chronic Care Model to numerous primary care practices that serve vulnerable populations, document resulting quality improvement activities and their impact, and to gain consensus in the field about the evidence regarding practice coaching and creating a research agenda on practice coaching.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Develop a curriculum for training coaches on QI processes and population health management
  • Assist in piloting the project at participating community clinics

Use of Promotoras/Community Health Workers, “Madres a Madres”

Madres a Madres is a 4 module home visit intervention for improving parent child communication, reducing risk for child abuse, and increasing child school readiness. This is currently being piloted with 200 families in Orange County in partnership with Latino Health Access.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Help write articles regarding the project
  • Secondary analysis of data
  • Develop curricula
  • Collect focus group data from participating mothers (Spanish speaker needed)

Peers for Progress, “Evaluation of the Implementation and Effectiveness of a Diabetes Peer Monitoring Program.”

The Peers for Progress project evaluates the effectiveness, reach and costs of a promising peer-led diabetes intervention, the Carpeta Roja (CR), with an insured, mixed racial, middle-class population with poorly controlled diabetes.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Help finish up article on the Carpeta Roja

Pediatric Obesity, Americans in Motion – Health Interventions (AIM-HI)

L.A. Net, in connection with the American Academy of Family Physicians, has recently wrapped up the AIM-HI project. The project developed and evaluated a practice improvement program to improve family physicians’ delivery of effective patient-centered behavior change interventions for “fitness” (physical activity, nutrition and emotional well-being).

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Finish article

L.A. Net Partner Clinic Information Data Collection

L.A. Net consists of 25 Community Health Centers in L.A. County that include 165 unique practice sites and deliver more than 1 million patient visits a year.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Data collection on practice characteristics and patient population.