Maternal Health Intervention Design Internship (Volunteer)

Jacaranda Health
Job Type
Unpaid internship
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

We are seeking a talented graduate student with expertise in medicine or public health to work with us over the next 3-4 months to research and develop an intervention to improve pregnancy outcomes for underserved women in the US.

Company Description:
Jacaranda Health is an award-winning social enterprise founded in 2011 to improve maternal healthcare in East Africa. Our maternity hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, sees over 2,500 low-income patients every month and is accredited as one of the highest quality hospitals in East Africa. We also partner with 40 public hospitals in the region to harness our innovations to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

At the core of our strategy is a portfolio of innovations in delivering high-quality, patient-centered maternity care — around mobile health, human-centered design, continuous quality improvement, and nurse training. As we build our partnerships in Kenya, we are also looking at opportunities to expand our influence to other geographies.

One area we are excited to explore is the U.S. domestic context. In America, large disparities in quality of healthcare have made our maternal health indicators among the worst in the developed world. The U.S. spends $98 billion annually on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth, but our maternal mortality rate has doubled in the past 25 years and we rank 50th in the world for maternal mortality (at the same level as Saudi Arabia and Albania).

Project Opportunity:
We have spent the last 6 months exploring the U.S. market for opportunities to apply innovations from our work overseas and to create scalable models to improve health outcomes for U.S. mothers and children. We have narrowed our focus to community-based interventions during pregnancy that can help address conditions like diabetes and hypertension that disproportionately affect underserved mothers.

We are looking for a student to help work closely with Jacaranda’s team (executive director, board members, and several MBA interns) to help us research and develop a package of community interventions that can be sustainably delivered to underserved women with the goal of empowering and engaging them in decision-making, and improve outcomes for moms and babies.

This project would involve:
Research: Assessing evidence-based behavioral and clinical solutions to improve outcomes for mothers during pregnancy – especially around gestational diabetes, hypertension, and pre-term birth. Help us identify the best solutions, and evaluate the practical considerations of deploying them (human resources, partnerships, costs, regulations, technology).
Intervention design: Apply best practices from maternal health, health and social behavior, and diabetes management to support design of targeted intervention for pregnant mothers
Relationship building: Networking with experts in the U.S. — both in healthcare business and public health – with the intention of identifying potential partners for Jacaranda.
Strategy: Working with us to develop a business model or scaling strategy for the most promising innovations and working with us on how to frame it for funders/investors.

Mentor Information:
Nick Pearson is Founder and Executive Director of Jacaranda Health, and Adjunct Associate Faculty at the Duke Global Health Institute. Nick has worked at the intersection of business and global health in East Africa, Vietnam, and India.

You would also be working closely with Claire Qureshi, Senior Advisor at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Health, who is based in New Haven, CT, and who serves as a board member of Jacaranda Health.

Volunteer Consultant / Intern Profile:

Completed or pursuing a graduate degree in a relevant clinical field (medicine, nursing) or public health.
A strong analytical skill set, including the ability to pull research from diverse sources, categorize and prioritize opportunities, and present recommendations insightfully and compellingly.
Sector knowledge: good understanding of the healthcare ecosystem in the U.S., particularly maternal health. Knowledge of diabetes management an additional bonus.
Self starter: willingness to take on new challenges and ability to drive work independently

Geography – can be based anywhere in the U.S..
Start and end dates flexible – ideally looking for three to four month commitment from November 2018 to February 2019.

Additional Information

Interested candidates may submit their applications via this link: