Participating Organizations and Samples Projects

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What Can a CHI Student Consultant or Intern Do?


The CHI Student Consulting Project and Community Internship Program pair students with a community-based nonprofit organization or small business to assist with projects addressing health disparities and other social issues in underserved communities.

Past nonprofit organizations and small businesses that have worked with CHI:

  • WellShare International
  • Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)
  • St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health
  • Native American Community Clinic (NACC)
  • Neighborhood HealthSource
  • Guild Incorporated
  • American Red Cross
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Kaleidoscope Place
  • Wilder Foundation

Common types of assistance to these organizations include program evaluation, survey design and implementation, direct client service, marketing/outreach, among many others. Here are some examples of previous consulting and internship projects:


Summer 2014 Community Internships

Minneapolis Public Schools- Culinary and Nutrition Services

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Culinary and Nutrition Services (CNS) is responsible for preparing and serving approximately 40,000 meals each day across 61 public schools in the city of Minneapolis. CNS is committed to providing minimally processed, fresh, and wholesome foods to all Minneapolis students and, wherever facilities permit, providing scratch-cooked, local, and seasonal foods.

Type of Project: The CHI intern gained hands-on experience assisting with the Farm to School Program and administrative process in an urban school district. The intern’s main responsibilities were:

  1. coordinating and maintaining the inaugural CNS community garden;
  2. designing lessons for a six-session adult education nutrition and cooking class
  3. collaborating with the in-house graphic designer to create a set of PowerPoint slides for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP);
  4. researching and compiling mini-lesson resources for the True Food Taste Tests
  5. helping with the coordination of the upcoming Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Farm to School Community BBQ.  

In addition to the projects, the intern spent time learning about the different organizational roles within CNS and the various elements that are necessary to make possible the Farm to School program.


Native American Community Clinic (NACC)- Minneapolis, MN

The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) is a non-profit organization and Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHR), that has been serving the Phillips neighborhood since 2003 by promoting health and wellness of body, mind and spirit in Native American Families, decreasing health disparities of Native Americans in the metropolitan area, and providing quality care regardless of ability to pay.

Type of Project: The CHI intern assisted NACC in Accountable Care Organization efforts which included population management, quality evaluation, medical data management, EMR reporting & documenting.  The CHI intern also organized quality audits, cost of care analysis, high risk patient review, chemical dependency workgroups and conducted research.

Uzo Abakporo - NACC (PDF, 303 KB)


Spring 2014 Student Consulting Projects

WellShare International- Minneapolis, MN

Type of Project: Program Development

The mission of WellShare International is to improve the health of women, children and their communities around the world. WellShare works in Minnesota with refugees and immigrants, primarily with the Somali community, through a number of public health projects. Wellshare employs the Community Health Worker (CHW) model. Employees who disseminate health messages are from the communities they serve, and therefore are fluent in the culture and language of the people they are serving. The two CHI student consultants worked with WellShare to improve their Somali Child Spacing Project by creating outreach, monitoring and evaluation forms and a database for men’s and women’s responses to a reproductive health questionnaire. The students also developed a list of clinics offering reproductive health services and Somali interpretation services. Additionally the students conducted trainings on the new project deliverables with CHWs and program staff.

ReferralForm CS Services Minneapolis (PDF, 241 KB)

Child Spacing Methods Table (PDF, 334 KB)


Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association (MVNA)- Minneapolis, MN

Type of Project: Non-profit/supply chain management

MVNA was founded in 1902 and was among the first non-profit public health agencies in the U.S. It is a safety net provider to clients ranging from pregnant women and infants, to older adults, spanning care needs from prenatal and birth to end-of-life and bereavement. MVNA is a highly effective nurse-led community health care provider serving uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved with over 93% living in poverty. MVNA’s Community of Caring program provides necessary health and safety, non-medical items to clients. Items donated and distributed through multiple agency programs include: portable cribs, cars seats, developmental toys, home safety kits, weight scales, bedding, books, feeding kits, bath kits, dental kits, etc. The two CHI student consultants assisted MVNA with the expansion and improvement of the Community of Caring infrastructure leading to a synchronized and efficient system. This included rearranging the stock room and creating an inventory system to monitor and record item usage. This vital program improvement has allowed health care workers to be more efficient and in turn, serve their clients better. It has also allowed MVNA to host more volunteers and create a volunteer department.

Community of Caring Presentation (PDF, 3.5 MB)


Fall 2013 Student Consulting Projects

Kaleidoscope Place- Minneapolis, MN

Type of Project: Program Evaluation/Measurement

Kaleidoscope Place is a non-profit organization located in the Phillips neighborhood. Its mission is “to provide a creative, educational and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow in character and community for success in changing the world.”  Kaleidoscope strives to make its services affordable to families with children. It offers five programs at different periods of the year: After School Kids, Summer Kids, Children’s Garden, Youth Employment and Families Together. Three full staff and two part time staff run these programs. In addition, Kaleidoscope relies on the ongoing support of volunteers from various organizations including the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. The CHI student consultants conducted a program evaluation that assessed recent changes in the program staff, capacity and the after school program student body diversity. The students conducted interviews with program staff and analyzed quantitative data in addition to online research on standardized practices to measure and improve student social skills.

Rayanatou Laouali and Lidiya Girma - Kaleidoscope Place (PDF, 595 KB)


Neighborhood HealthSource- Minneapolis, MN

Type of Project: Program Evaluation/Measurement

Neighborhood HealthSource (formerly Fremont Community Clinics) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), operating four primary care clinics in the neighborhoods of North and Northeast Minneapolis for over 40 years. Their mission is to improve and promote the health of our communities by providing quality health care services that are affordable and accessible. Neighborhood HealthSource also provides various community outreach programs, focused on childhood obesity, stroke and diabetes, family planning and STIs. Neighborhood HealthSource provides medical care to patients at tens of thousands of visits a year, including 2.5 million dollars' worth of subsidized care to individuals in need. The two CHI student consultants assisted with the organization’s program evaluation and quality assurance efforts. Activities included providing audit and report assistance to promote quality improvement; developing a quick reference chart of required clinical measures for NHS providers; providing workflow development assistance for the FQHC Urban Health Network (FUHN) pilot demonstration project and other clinical and outreach support tasks.

Bruce Mandela and Lawal Luqman - Neighborhood HealthSource (PDF, 252 KB)