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Community Health Advocates is a free program dedicated to making health care affordable and accessible. If you share our commitment, please consider one of the following actions to help reach our goal of equitable health care for all! VOLUNTEER Volunteers are an essential component of our helpline services, providing important advice to callers and answering their health care questions. Volunteers are required to go through an intensive training on public and private health insurance, as well as options for those who are uninsured. If you are interested in playing an important role in helping New Yorkers find health coverage, please fill out this form. INTERN Are you a law, graduate or undergraduate student interested in completing engaging projects on health care and health reform? Each semester CHA offers meaningful internship experience to a select few students whose interests and field of study align with CHA’s goals. DONATE CHA agencies are nonprofit organizations that rely on government and foundation support and donations from individuals. If you’d like to help CHA continue its services to high-need areas, you may make a contribution to Community Service Society (more information here) or one of the other 29 network agencies. Please click here for a list of agencies and links to their homepages where you can find out how to donate. SHARE YOUR STORY Have you been helped by CHA? Do you have a story related to health care that you’d like to share? Has the new health care reform benefited you? We are always on the look out for compelling stories that showcase the importance of health care reform and CHA, as well as highlight the fundamental problems within the health care system. These stories are used for advocacy purposes to provide a deeper personal connection to these issues. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jonathan Gettinger at jgettinger@cssny.org. HOST AN INFORMATION SESSION CHA advocates conduct outreach events and give community presentations on different health care topics (for a list of topics, please click here). If you are interested in having CHA come to your community, please contact your nearby CHA agency or Jonathan Gettinger at jgettinger@cssny.org. JOBS Currently there are no positions available. ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Community Health Advocates also offers a quarterly series of trainings in-house at CSS in conjunction with the Center for Benefits and Services (CBS). These trainings are for social service professionals on health insurance programs and the mechanics of managed care under Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus. In addition, CHA is a member of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City as part of the NYC Department of Health’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative. Together with other community partners and stakeholders, the NYC Coalition will work to advance the NYC Tobacco Control agenda in three areas: • Expansion of smoke-free air; • Reducing the number of tobacco retailers; and • Increasing the price of tobacco products As part of the coalition, CHA educates community members and policy makers on tobacco control issues by coordinating the efforts of dozens of community-based and health-focused organizations.   For information on any of these trainings or other ways to get involved, click here for assistance or call our Helpline at (888) 614-5400.