Responsibilities/Qualification POSITION SUMMARY
Provides and manages health education programs that help individuals, families, and communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collects and analyzes data to identify community needs. Plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS •Coordinate and facilitate comprehensive community education programs in support of Health Promotion and other MCHD programs •Develop educational/media materials related to health promotion strategy to support MCHD programs (i.e. communicable diseases, chronic diseases, nutrition, obesity, physical activity, worksite wellness, tobacco cessation, built environment, etc.) •Conduct outreach, marketing and education in the implementation of program •Assists in interpreting the Department's program to public, professional and voluntary organizations and groups, and in maintaining cooperative working relationships •Gives technical and program consultation to management in the Department •Plan exhibits, participate in health fairs, conduct forum discussions to motivate audiences to understand health issues
POSITION SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The employee in this position will serve as a regional youth tobacco prevention coordinator for 451 Tobacco Prevention - CDC Core Grant. This position will work in coordination with the Region 4 Tobacco Control Manager and the Region 4 Regional Tobacco-Free Leadership Team to prevent the use of all tobacco products, with a focus on new and emerging tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, by youth and people of childbearing age. This position has the responsibility of implementing effective youth tobacco prevention interventions across the 11- county region; of which, the employee will identify areas of interest in a focused effort for the 2 year grant period.
Provides and manages health education programs that help individuals, families, and communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collects and analyzes data to identify community needs. Plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs. Administrative duties include preparing and monitoring budget and preparing reports for the region.
Responsibilities: •Provide consistent and evidence-based messages about the health risks of all tobacco product use, including new and emerging tobacco products, such as e- cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, and hookah and exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol from e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. •Educate parents, teachers, coaches, college-aged young people, civic and community leaders, dental and health care professionals, public health, mental health and substance abuse prevention professionals, and other influencers of youth about the risks of all tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, among youth and young adults. •Expand Regional and Local coalitions to include diverse adult influencers of youth and youth leaders, such as parents, teachers, coaches, college-aged young people, civic and community leaders, dental and health care professionals, public health, mental health and substance abuse prevention professionals, and other influencers of youth, including but not limited to those recruited by Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) who is a contractor providing training and technical assistance. •Work with the Tobacco Prevention Control Branch, YES! and research partners to test messages with the purpose of building knowledge about and support for high- impact media campaigns to educate adult influencers, young people, the public, and civic and community leaders about the consequences of emerging tobacco product use, such as e-cigarette, cigar and hookah use, among youth and young adults. •Implement a policy strategy to reduce the use of e-cigarettes by including e- cigarettes in policies and programs related to smoking and tobacco product use at the local levels. •Promote comprehensive tobacco-free environments, including e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products, for: childcare centers, schools, community colleges and universities •Ensure that tobacco-free schools policies are being implemented effectively to prohibit all tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products. •Work with community partners in substance use prevention on educational efforts to reduce youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, and hookah in retail settings. •Ensure that youth and young adults who use tobacco products receive tailored tobacco use cessation messages and utilize QuitlineNC services. •Work with schools to promote available best practice interventions and curriculum for tobacco use prevention and the risks of e-cigarette use. •Provide bi-monthly reports to the Region 4 Tobacco Control Manager on progress of the scope of work.
Experience: Two years of experience in health policy/planning and tobacco prevention with focus on youth engagement practices.
Education: Bachelor's degree in public health, health policy or related behavioral science.
Equivalent Experience for Education Accepted? Yes
Licenses and Certifications: Requires a valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License. Must obtain and maintain a valid Mecklenburg County Vehicle Operator’s Permit.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS •Prior experience with tobacco prevention •Prior experience with youth engagement •Skilled in public speaking and community engagement
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Principles and practices of public health • Local resources and services • The disease concept of addiction, stages of alcoholism and drug addiction • Person-centered planning
• Ability to effectively implement communication and marketing strategies • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Ability to design, develop, and adapt presentations on a variety of health topics targeted toward a diverse audience • Good presentation and interpersonal relationship skills
• Communication – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. • Collaboration – Working effectively and cooperatively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships. • Applied Learning – Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner. • Leveraging Diversity – Working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds; making the most effective use of the capabilities, insights and ideas of all individuals. • Patient Education/Health Promotion – Supporting, explaining, and instructing patient and patient’s family in understanding the clinical procedures and equipment used to facilitate optimum health status; promoting the lifestyle changes required of the patient and the patient’s family to achieve optimum health status.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.