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Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Perinatal Equity Coordinator

Employment type
4 months ago
Remote- based in Los Angeles

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance), is seeking a full-time Perinatal Equity Coordinator to support Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies, a multi-sector initiative led by the Alliance, Communities Lifting Communities, and the Hospital Association of Southern California, to reduce Black infant mortality and improve patient experiences and safety for Black moms and birthing people in Los Angeles. The project may expand to include additional Southern California counties.

The Perinatal Equity Coordinator will play a key role in the continued implementation and strategic development for Cherished Futures, engage hospitals, clinics, and community partners to advance systems level changes to advance birth equity, and help to expand the project’s reach and impact in Los Angeles and other Southern California counties.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate of health equity and racial justice, with strong knowledge of the underlying root causes of health inequities and the impact of racism on health. The Perinatal Equity Coordinator will be well versed in coalition and partnership development, qualitative practices, and have strong presentation and facilitation skills.

The Perinatal Equity Coordinator will also support Alliance colleagues, local health departments and equity partners to leverage opportunities that address barriers to equity through institutional change, policy change, programmatic operations and protocols, community outreach and engagement, data and research.

This is a remote, full-time position based in Southern California (Los Angeles preferred) and the candidate will work primarily from their home office.

About the Alliance
The Public Health Alliance of a Southern California (Alliance) is a coalition of the executive leadership of ten local health departments in Southern California, whose members have a statutory responsibility for the health of nearly 60% of the state’s population. The Alliance works to mobilize the transformative power of local public health for enduring health equity. We believe that Southern California should be a place where everyone has the opportunities and resources necessary to live a healthy and productive life.  To learn more about the Alliance’s meaningful work visit our website, the California Healthy Places Index and view our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.  The Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute.

The Alliance recognizes the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs, sexual-orientation and disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly encourage applications from candidates with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the Alliance’s Perinatal Equity Manager, in partnership with Communities Lifting Communities and the Hospital Association of Southern California, to coordinate the design and continued successful implementation of Cherished Futures to advance equitable birth outcomes for Black birthing families
  • Support the planning and development of Cherished Futures collaborative convenings with participating hospital teams, public health, health plans, and Black women community leaders
  • Coordinate with health plan partners to understand where women receive pre-natal care, identify high volume clinics and providers
  • Support qualitative analysis of multiple clinic and provider current practices. This may be in the form of one-on-one interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc., and help develop reports on key findings and recommendations
  • Support project expansion in new regions, identifying and engaging new partners
  • Support community engagement efforts (e.g. sister circles) in partnership with Black-led Community Based Organizations to inform hospital improvement efforts
  • Represent the Alliance and Cherished Futures at external meetings
  • Assist in developing project materials including reports, blog posts, newsletters, and other collateral materials
  • Post pandemic, this position is expected to travel to various locations in the Southern California region (approximately 2-3x per month)



Minimum Qualifications:

  • First and foremost, a thorough understanding sensitivity, and appreciation for equity and racial justice, cultural humility, and inclusiveness
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Care Administration, Gender/Ethnic Studies, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience
  • 3 years of relevant professional experience (preferably in policy advocacy or systems change efforts) including experience working in or with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, in or with government entities, executive and clinical leaders, facilitating meetings, measuring and monitoring program evaluation activities and working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships
  • A portion of the 3 years may include relevant experience through personal, family, or other lived experience dealing with inequitable economic, social, health and educational systems and environments or through a combination of education and experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct summaries and reports
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Post pandemic, must have available transportation and ability to commute to various locations in the Southern California region for light daytime travel (approximately 2-3x per month)


Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Care Administration, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings on health and race equity, structural racism, and the social determinants of health is strongly preferred
  • Experience with data collection and translating data into understandable information
  • Experience working in or with government, health care, or community-based setting preferred
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage start-up initiatives, design project plans, and implement activities
  • Knowledgeable of the Black maternal and infant mortality crisis nationally and in Los Angeles County
  • Understanding of building authentic community partnerships
  • Knowledgeable about the role of racism and bias in healthcare and other root causes of health inequities
  • Determination to achieve outcomes, complete tasks, and deliver on professional commitments
  • Sensitivity to varied interests of many stakeholders, partners, advocates, elected officials, and colleagues
  • Ability to work with autonomy in a fast paced, high productivity environment
  • Commitment to Southern California communities experiencing health equity challenges


Important Information

Target Start Date: January 2021

Hours: Full-Time

Salary Range: $65,000 to $75,000

Benefits: Paid vacation, holiday, and sick days

Location: Southern California (Los Angeles preferred but not necessary). Remote position from your home office, with light travel (2-3 times per month) throughout Southern California post-pandemic.

The application deadline is November 19, 2020.


Organizational Relationships

This position reports to the Alliance’s Perinatal Equity Manager, and works collaboratively with Alliance members, especially the broader equity team, staff, vendors, and other partners to advance equity. 

To apply

Please apply here ( and submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. Paper or email applications will not be considered

In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position

Please also submit a relevant writing sample that you developed related to a health equity, racial justice topic (max word count: 1,000). This can be an article, blog post, commentary, or academic paper that you developed in a professional or academic setting 


Please contact Dana Sherrod, Alliance Perinatal Equity Manager, at [email protected] and learn more about the Alliance at