Community Health Innovation Projects

Current internship projects for the Office of Community Health Innovation are listed below as they become available. If you are interested in any of these projects, please complete the following steps: 

  1. Sign up through the Internship application
  2. Contact María Ballón directly by email or phone (480) 313-6176 and let her know which project you are interested in. 
  1. Research Project
  2. Community Health Development Intern
  3. Communications Intern

Million Hearts  Implementation in Family Public Housing - Intern Research Project 

Deadline to Apply: Ongoing

Successful Public Health Interventions in HUD Housing:

The Community Health Development (CHD) team currently delivers chronic disease prevention and education to residents within Maricopa County. By applying the Million Hearts model, our community health workers (CHW) aid in reducing the prevalence of heart attacks and strokes through activities such as biometric screenings. These activities increase awareness of participants health status, specifically cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure numbers. 

Our overall collaborative goal among senior Housing and Urban Development (HUD) service coordinators, community partners and CHW’s, is to increase resident participation in physical activities, nutrition education, mindfulness and socialization. We foster resident participation through the establishment of health committees, and create long term strategies for a sustainable culture of health within the community. Expanding these services to family housing sites represents a whole set of new challenges and the need to identify best practices for servicing this specific population.

Project Goal:

Produce a collective of Public Health models, campaigns and interventions that have been successfully applied to public housing and published as evidence-based. 

High Level Requirements:

Research successful public health initiatives related to chronic disease prevention in public housing with the intend to develop an public health intervention strategy. 

The Topics: Community health workers, physical activity, smoking cessation, nutrition and blood pressure. 


  • Process implementation (one page)
  • Biweekly check-ins (or as otherwise directed), in writing. 
  • Project evaluation report 
  • Final project presentation to staff

Parties Involved:

  • HUD Housing Coordinators
  • Health Educators
  • CHD Coordinator and supervisor

Affected Business Processes or Systems:

  • CHD Team internal

Specific Exclusions from Scope: 

  • None

For more information about this project, complete the internship application at or contact María Ballón at Maria.Ballon@Maricopa.Gov or 480-313-6176.