Title: Community Health Planning and Engagement Specialist
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Community Health Planning and Engagement Specialist is an essential member of the Division of Prevention and Wellness. The specialist will work with community coalitions, local/regional health departments, health care systems and other stakeholders (such as regional planning agencies) to foster healthy communities. The specialist will support two primary and aligned efforts: the Determination of Need, Community Health Initiative (DoN-CHI) Program and the Division’s Healthy Community Design Initiative. The specialist will accomplish this through the provision of technical assistance, providing access to and supporting the use of health data, researching and supporting best practices and forming relationships with stakeholders. She/he will be responsible for assisting with the management of internal MDPH processes related to monitoring and approving DoN/CHI projects. She/he will be responsible for providing support for community coalitions and health care systems in the development and implementation of community health assessments and community health improvement plans. She/he will also be responsible for providing guidance to projects through the Healthy Community Design Program such as Health Impact Assessments and supporting built environment and health related activities through Mass in Motion and other MDPH initiatives. She/he will be responsible for helping build the evidence base for measuring the impact of investments addressing the social determinants of health. The position will provide leadership on all these activities through the direct provision of technical assistance in community settings.
DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders in the development of community health assessments and community health improvement plans.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders in best practices related to coalition development and functioning.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders on access to and use of health data.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders in strategy and initiative development to address the social determinants of health.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders in the practice of Health Impact Assessment.
- Assists in building mechanisms for sharing best practices among community stakeholders for Determination of Need related community health initiatives.
- Maintains regular communication with MDPH Determination of Need program staff.
- Maintains contact, including regular in-person visits, with coalitions and other community stakeholders.
Evaluation and Assessment
- Works with the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention and other MDPH stakeholders to create process and outcome measures that will provide measures for the Determination of Need, Community Health Initiative Program.
- Works with community stakeholders to develop appropriate evaluation plans for Determination of Need, Community Health Initiatives.
- Works with MDPH and community stakeholders on advancing the practice of Health Impact Assessment through evaluation of completed and ongoing HIAs.
- Participates in program planning, and report writing.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE
- Knowledge of principles and practices of management science including problem solving and decision making
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of organization behavior including organizational structure
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to gather information through questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.
- Ability to determine the proper format and procedure for assembling items of information.
- Ability to maintain accurate records.
- Ability to prepare general reports.
- Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence.
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
- Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
- Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.
- Ability to accomplish work objectives where few precedents or guidelines are available.
- Ability to adjust to changing or varying work situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
- Ability to motivate others.
- Ability to lead a group of workers.
- Ability to establish rapport with others.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment.
- Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.