Job posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: LGBTQ+ Health Equity Strategist

Title: LGBTQ+ Health Equity Strategist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Summary of Position

Seeking dynamic and experienced community strategist dedicated to improving the lives of Massachusetts residents

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) under the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking to hire a dynamic and self-motivated community engagement professional to implement the Office’s community engagement efforts as part of the Vaccine Equity Initiative in the role of LGBTQ+ Communities Health Equity Strategist. To support this goal, the incumbent will implement an integrated strategy of community engagement and technical assistance to LGBTQ+ communities related to the COVID-19 response and in support of eliminating health disparities. The Strategist will work alongside a team of liaisons serving additional priority populations to provide strategic input to communities through a racial, disability, justice, and intersectional lens to ensure robust population health initiatives with impactful community outcomes. The incumbent will bring expertise in community-centered engagement with experience partnering with community members, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations to inform program design, implementation, and prioritization.

The Vaccine Equity Initiative (VEI) is committed to improving the quality of life for all Commonwealth residents while eliminating the inequities that threaten the lives of communities of color and other priority communities who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its risk factors. The Office of Health Equity (OHE) works to address social determinants so everyone can attain their full health potential. We acknowledge the history of structural racism and its impact on health. All efforts are centered on dismantling ableist systems, ensuring equitable access, and supporting the needs of people with disabilities, in partnership with the OHE’s Health and Disability Program. People with lived experience in these communities and/or in protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

The LGBTQ+ Communities Health Equity Strategist is an essential part of the Office of Health Equity and the Vaccine Equity Initiative, reporting to the Health Equity Strategist, Office of Health Equity. The Strategist will provide strategic thinking, support action on LGBTQ+ health initiatives, engage multi-sectoral collaborations to use data to address underlying root causes that lead to social determinants of health’s harmful impacts, and work to enact policy, system and environmental changes within LGBTQ+ communities across the Commonwealth.

Strategic Planning

  • Provide strategic thinking, lead, and support action on priority population health initiatives, with a high degree of emotional intelligence that explicitly addresses the complexity of anti-discrimination work.
  • Inform priority-population specific engagement strategies and other community engagement approaches with OHE and VEI leadership.
  • Review and analyze data to evaluate progress, make recommendations, and facilitate more effective strategies for accomplishing initiative objectives and leveraging assets of each community.

Stakeholder Engagement & Program Implementation

  • Serve as a liaison for MDPH to priority population communities, and for priority population communities back to MDPH. Facilitate communication channels between stakeholders and efforts.
  • Coordinate community engagement efforts with a state-wide scope, meeting the needs of a priority population wherever they work, play, and live in an accessible manner
  • Conduct technical assistance for local and regional stakeholders, including community-based and faith-based groups, local boards of health, community health centers, etc., to support priority population’s ability to strengthen community safety nets and advance community recovery

Collaboration

  • Build internal capacity for community engagement work across Department-wide initiatives.
  • Contribute actively to the work of MDPH and OPH/OHE’s health and racial equity portfolio and proactively support incorporation of equity in team operations and processes.

Relationship Building

  • Listen to residents to identify needs and levels of support to increase access for priority population residents that may experience significant barriers to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 mitigation, and to meeting their health-related social needs and goals.
  • Lead with a health equity approach that considers the history, context and culture of populations being served, support racial, health, and disability justice reframing in stakeholder work and processes.
  • Model transparent and open communication that centers discussions around the experience of residents; demonstrate relationship building skills and ability to listen to and take direction from the priority population.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to adjust to varying or changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates, training needs and providing or attaining for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action
  • Ability to understand, explain, and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, etc. governing assigned unit activities.
  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience, knowledge and demonstrated ability, including lived experience, to work with organizations serving LGBTQ+ Communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply and articulate a racial and health equity approach to their work, including the ability to identify interventions upstream, midstream, and downstream. 
  • Knowledge of community resources, key stakeholders, and community-based efforts in Massachusetts regarding one or more of the communities.
  • Experience with coalition/partnership development and stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience with cultural competence in a professional setting as well as experience in planning, organizing, and facilitating meetings.
  • Knowledge of community engagement theories and best practices and social determinants of health.
  • Proven ability to communicate and build relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, including health equity and community-based stakeholders, with a commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity; ability to listen to and take direction from the community.
  • Experience coordinating community engagement efforts in public health settings.
  • Ability to work collaboratively alongside diverse colleagues across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of diversity.
  • Comfort in a relatively high-profile role with political context; ability to take ownership over tasks and actions with sound judgement.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Effective communication with a wide range of people, one-on-one and/or groups. Modes of communication may include written correspondence (emails, memos), phone and video calls, proposals, reports, and in-person presentations.
  • Critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout the state.

Salary:  68,016.52 – 98,517.12 Yearly

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