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Health Advocate Student Intern - Houston

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • Bilingual students enrolled in a post-secondary program, pursuing studies in healthcare, social work, or related fields, with experience in community service related to health disparities and social justice, are sought for a Health Advocate Student Intern position at Legacy Community Health in Houston.
  • The Health Advocate Student Intern in Houston will provide volunteer advocacy services, screen and assess clients for social determinants of health, research and provide referrals to social service resources, create service plans for clients, communicate with clients and follow up on plans, advocate on behalf of clients, document work efforts, report higher level needs, travel to clinic locations, engage in ongoing training and education, and promote effective team-based care within a primary care medical home setting.

Off-cycle Internship

Legal, HealthcareHouston


  • Health Advocate Interns provide basic needs case management within a defined scope to Legacy patients. Case management duties include assessing patient’s social determinants of health, providing referrals for community based resources, following up to ensure service linkage, advocating to reduce barriers to linkage, and documenting efforts in the REACH client management and resource database.


  • Education & Training Requirements:
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred. Bilingual in any language is a plus but not required.
  • Current enrollment in a post-secondary program at an affiliated university is required. If attending a non-affiliate university, student/applicant must assist Legacy staff in obtaining appropriate documentation to become an affiliate university.
  • Pursuit of study in fields related to Health Care, Social Work, Economics, Nonprofit Management, Law, Sociology, Public Policy, Medicine, Public Affairs, Urban Studies, Public Health is a plus but not required.
  • Work Experience:
  • Community service, employment, or university coursework related to health & economic disparities, social justice, families, social co-morbidities etc. is preferred but required.
  • Ability to meet Legacy Community Health’s EPIC proficiency requirements.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Provide volunteer advocacy services for 8+ hours per week for a minimum of one university semester.
  • Screen and assess a defined set of clients for needs related to social determinants of health.
  • Conduct real-time research to provide information, referrals, and linkage to basic needs social service resources using all available tools to find the best possible service(s).
  • Identify, investigate, and provide services in concert with families, and create effective plans for service connections.
  • Demonstrate professional, accessible, and values aligned-communication when following up with clients regarding plans.
  • Continue to make follow-up contacts at specified intervals until the client’s case has been closed.
  • Advocate with and on behalf of clients to decrease service gaps and remove barriers to services.
  • Actively engage in weekly Advocate Development Sessions to discuss the efficacy and quality of services.
  • Document work efforts in REACH client management/resource database and EHRS client record within 72 hours in order to communicate client case status to clinical care team.
  • Report client encounters with higher level needs (i.e. domestic violence, substance abuse, etc) to team leader.
  • Must be able to travel to assigned clinic locations for each volunteer shift for no less than 4 hours per shift.
  • Engage in ongoing management and updating of REACH resource database
  • Demonstrate respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors and fellow employees/interns to insure a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
  • Understand Legacy Community Health’s and Health Leads’ scope of services
  • Promote effective working relations as part of a team to facilitate the program’s ability to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Attend required training and ongoing education offered by the agency.
  • Including but not limited to safety trainings and education sessions on Universal Precautions.
  • Maintain work area and equipment in condition required by Legacy standards.
  • Works within the context of a primary care medical home, applying a team based approach to care while working in partnership with patients/families to promote: timely access to care, understanding of patient care that is culturally sensitive and language appropriate, continuity of care, and the improvement of the whole-person through the teaching of appropriate self-management skills.


Work type

Full time

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  • 9 Holidays
  • school holidays and breaks are recognized