Title: Healthy Aging Specialist (Part Time)
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
*This is a 28/hour per week part-time position
The Healthy Aging Specialist is an essential member of the Division of Prevention and Wellness within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention that connects and advances the work of the Division and Bureau relating to healthy aging with aligned initiatives across the Department and with sister agencies such as the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The specialist will primarily support the concept of Age-Friendly Communities which in practice requires the integration of aging concepts, issues, and concerns into the healthy community design and healthy communities activities of the Division/Bureau, as well as providing coordination and leadership to the Determination of Need’s (DoN) Healthy Aging Fund.
Further, this position includes ensuring that healthy aging concepts are integrated into other work of the Division, including Mass in Motion. This includes providing technical assistance and capacity building to both Mass in Motion staff in the Division and with the community grantees. The specialist will also be responsible for developing relationships with community coalitions, relevant state agency partners and other stakeholders to advance healthy aging concepts. The specialist will use the World Health Organization’s 8 Domains of Livability (Outdoor space and buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, Community and Health Services) as a guide to find linkages to activities across the Department. She/he will be responsible for helping build the evidence base for integrating healthy aging concepts into these activities. The position will provide leadership on all these activities through the direct provision of technical assistance in community settings and within Department staff. In addition to direct work in the Division, this position will help coordinate initiatives supporting healthy aging across the Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Capacity Building
- Using the 8 Domains of Livability, identify programs, initiatives and efforts within the Department that provide an opportunity for advancing healthy aging.
- Develops knowledge and evidence to support healthy aging into identified programs.
- Develops training and other support for Departmental staff to integrate healthy aging into the identified programs.
- Ensures the DoN Healthy Aging Fund’s operational objectives including staffing the Fund’s Advisory Committee.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders in integrating healthy aging concepts into efforts, specifically but not limited to Mass in Motion communities.
- Provides assistance in best practices related to engaging older adults and aging stakeholders at both the local and state levels.
- Provides assistance to community stakeholders on access to and use of health data as it relates to aging.
- Assists in building mechanisms for sharing best practices among community, Departmental and other state agency stakeholders for healthy aging initiatives.
- 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 understanding how aging concepts are reflected in activities of specifically but not limited to Mass in Motion communities.
- Facilitates connections of efforts across the Department focused on healthy aging to ensure coordination and collaboration.
- Supports Department, including Commissioner’s Office, in collaborative work with external partners, including Elder Affairs.
- Participates in program planning, and report writing.
- Other duties as assigned.
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in social work, social casework, health care administration, public health program administration, hospital administration, or in program administration or program management, and (B) or which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
II. A Graduate degree with a major in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
Preferred Qualifications at Hire
- The ideal candidate should have a thorough understanding of community-based healthy aging principles and a strong understanding of how the social determinants of health support or hinder healthy aging.
- Experience conducting literature reviews and compiling best practices related to community health strategies.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the use of health data to inform decision-making.
- Experience working with community stakeholders to advance community health, and experience being a representative in multiple types of community settings.
- Graduate degree in public health, community health or related field, preferred.
- Knowledge of and experience with Massachusetts’ aging services and networks (e.g. councils on aging, area agencies on aging, etc.)
- Experience in the development and implementation of policy, systems and change concepts to prevent and reduce chronic disease and associated risk factors and impact healthy communities.
- Highly experienced facilitator who can drive large, diverse groups to consensus.
- Knowledge and experience working with community health stakeholders from multiple backgrounds.
- Ability to translate quantitative and qualitative data into meaningful, actionable recommendations .
- Experience developing partnerships, teams and coordinated activities.
- Skilled presenter, comfortable presenting to large groups on a regular basis.
- Experience and significant competence working with vulnerable and diverse populations.
- Experience in planning and evaluating community/public health programs and implementing population-level health promotion interventions.
- Knowledge of the epidemiological roots of health problems affecting family/group systems.
- Understanding of the complex interactions between health and the social determinants of health to maintain or improve health.
- Valid driver’s license.
- 75% state paid medical insurance premium
- Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
- Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
- Low cost basic and optional life insurance
- Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
- 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
- Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
- Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
- Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
- Salary: $43,301.44 – $63,100.12 Yearly
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