The following provides a general description of duties and a more specific description of requirements for the Health Educator. Please note that the summary of responsibilities and required abilities identified below are not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
The Health Educator (HE) will support the County PHC Program, an innovative new approach aimed at increasing compliance with County Health Officer Orders (HOOs) at workplaces in key sectors experiencing significant COVID-19 outbreaks, complaints, and HOO violations. The HE will provide health education to business owners and stakeholders; provide programmatic support to Public Health’s Environmental Health Services (EHS) and County PHC Program grant managers; and collaborate with contracted organizations providing education and outreach to applicable organizations. The HE will report to the EHS Manager or designee.
The duties of the Health Educator include, but are not limited to:
- Determines the need for PHC in prioritized sectors through evaluation of factors such as available County PHC Program resources and data on frequency and location of outbreaks and transmission rates of COVID-19 in impacted communities;
- Plans and develops health education strategies for the County PHC Program using culturally appropriate health education methods and procedures, in collaboration with stakeholders in prioritized sectors;
- Assists business owners, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and other stakeholders with the following: recognizing and evaluating conditions contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in prioritized sectors and workplaces; planning the County PHC Program activities; and motivating stakeholders to work toward improving health status;
- Implements education initiatives in prioritized sectors by disseminating health education materials and speaking to employers, trade organizations, and other stakeholders about the importance of implementing County HOOs;
- Meets and contacts business owners, managers, and community members in prioritized sectors to gain their support and cooperation in promoting and implementing the County HOOs and the County PHC Program;
- Coordinates relevant County PHC Program activities between various stakeholders and Public Health staff, ensuring accurate and timely communication and follow up;
- Maintains contact with CBOs, businesses, and County departments to enlist community participation and support for the County PHC Program;
- Provides expertise in health education methods by collaborating with businesses, CBOs, and Public Health staff to develop and conduct health education programs in prioritized sectors;
- Evaluates whether the County PHC Program is meeting objectives and impacting employers’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and behaviors by utilizing assessment methods such as surveys and questionnaires and by measuring the adherence to HOOs by business owners and stakeholders;
- Evaluates literacy levels of target population and appropriateness of the County PHC Program materials;
- Advises EHS and the County PHC Program grant managers in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating health education priorities for the County PHC Program;
- Tracks and monitors a listing of the various organizations being contacted for follow-up and follows-through for reporting purposes; and
- Complies with all required Public Health trainings.
- A Master’s degree from a program of study accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health with specialization in public health education, community health education, or equivalent; and
- A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
- Experience providing culturally appropriate outreach and education to historically underserved communities; and
- Multilingual (read, write and speak) in two or more of the thirteen County threshold languages, (i.e., Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Other Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese); bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish is highly preferred.
- Windows-based laptop or desktop device, with a speaker and mic;
- Reliable Wi-fi/internet access;
- Personal telephone for business needs;
- Ability to work from home when required;