Health Strategist II (Tobacco Prevention & Educations Program Coord)

Prineville, OR

Department:     Crook County Health Department

Reports To:       Prevention & Health Promotion Supervisor

Classification:   Non-exempt

Salary Grade:    $20.44 - $23.58

Summary

The Tobacco Prevention and Education Program Coordinator is responsible for activities pertaining to tobacco use prevention policy and is expected to follow tobacco prevention funding requirements as outlined by the Oregon Health Authority.  This position will focus on decisionmaker education, sustainable policy development, adoption, implementation, and maintenance.

Overall, the position will be responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of assigned public health programs that are:

  • data-driven,
  • developmentally appropriate,
  • culturally informed,
  • equitable,
  • trauma-informed,
  • and as comprehensive and sustainable as possible.

As a member of the Prevention & Health Promotion team, this position will work collaboratively on a variety of public health initiatives in support of the department-wide mission to provide fair opportunity for those in our community to achieve their full health potential. The position will carry out prevention and health promotion activities for Crook County Health Department to include program planning, community mobilization, strategic communication, implementation of programs, data gathering, interpretation, and evaluation.  

Essential Job Functions 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Program Coordination:

  • Perform duties required to develop, initiate and implement a community work plan for tobacco use prevention.
  • Submit written plans in a timely manner and in conformance with any authorizing agency.
  • Meet deadline dates, content, format and signatures for grant opportunities.
  • Communicate goals, objectives and work plans clearly to promote an efficient and effective work environment.
  • Coordinate activities and budget with Crook County and the Oregon Health Authority: Public Health Division.
  • Prepare and submit biennial work plan and budget as required to assure continued funding.
  • Strategically coordinate program logistics and requirements with Prevention & Health Promotion team and other Health Department programs as necessary. Serve as team representative on Department-wide planning committees, as needed.
  • Identify and pursue resources that support sustainability of programs and practices.
  • Research and review current policy, environmental, and systems change strategies that support public health initiatives.
  • Develop and implement data collection and assessment tools, and analyze data related to specific public health issues as needed.
  • Attend all trainings as outlined in TPEP PE 13.
  • Complete semi-annual reports to Oregon Health Authority.
  • Prepare and submit biennial work plan and budget as required to assure continued funding.

Facilitation of Community and Statewide Partnerships:

  • Participate in local and regional workgroups and coalitions to promote tobacco prevention.
  • Engage and mobilize community leaders to become local champions for health department initiatives and to advocate for public policy.
  • Educate community leaders, including elected officials, about effective strategies for reducing the burden of chronic disease through policy, systems, and environmental change.
  • Communicate with local media to support community organizing to advance public policy initiatives.
  • Conduct civic and other group presentations.
  • Work with regional TPEP coordinators and partners to promote collaborative efforts in tobacco prevention.
  • Develop tobacco prevention workgroup through local prevention coalition.

Promotion of Quitting Among Adults and Youth:

  • Monitor local tobacco use, prevention policies, and ensure that tobacco referral policies are included in the Quality Improvement team’s evaluation processes.
  • Identify and/or develop messaging and effective distribution channels for messages that promote quitting the use of tobacco. 
  •  Partner with businesses students, schools, medical providers, and other stakeholders to share the Oregon Tobacco Quitline and other quit resources.

Enforcement:

  • Monitor complaints and enforce Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA).
  •   Educate businesses on ICAA compliance.

Reduction of the Burden of Tobacco-Related Chronic Disease

  • Participate in regional and statewide workgroups and committees that address chronic disease prevention.
  • Advocate with systems and decision makers for public health practices that would reduce the burden of tobacco-related chronic disease.

    Public Health Preparedness:

    • Public Health Preparedness Training: IS 100, 200, 700, 800.
    •  Participate in Public Health Preparedness exercises and events.

    Competencies

    • Technical Capacity:  Equipment uses – personal computer and related software, telephone, printer/copier/facsimile.
    • Teamwork and Collaboration: Ability to work in a team setting collaboratively and promote a positive work environment.
    • Time Management:  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
    • Communication Proficiency:  Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.  Learn and explain established policies and procedures using judgement and diplomacy.
    • Flexibility:  Ability to adapt quickly and work evenings and weekends as necessary.  Ability to travel as needed.
    • Ethical Conduct:  Ability to maintain confidentiality, abide by county/state and federal laws with knowledge of Public Health and county rules.
    • Initiative:  Ability to work independently and initiate new or innovative strategies for prevention efforts. Data collection and interpretation skills

    Performance Indicators

    • Contribution to a minimum of one organization-wide initiative per year (i.e. Quality Improvement processes, reaccreditation, annual staff training implementation, department-wide meetings, et cetera)
    • Adherence to work plans as developed for each program responsibility. Programs assigned to this position are subject to change and updates will be reflected in this document. Responsibilities beginning September October 2021: Tobacco Prevention & Education Program (TPEP).
    • Timely submission of reporting requirements for each assigned program, including recorded outcomes in VMSG database.
    • Engagement in Regional Health Improvement Plan efforts.
    • Documentation of sustainability efforts, including but not limited to grant submissions, partnership development and maintenance, et cetera.
    • Utilize Basecamp project management software to support department-wide initiatives including website and social media communications, and translation requests.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment 

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, occasionally work evenings and weekends for events, and travel when required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. Regular meetings with community partners, on and off site. Presentations and events will be off-site at times and may require working in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, twist, and bend. 

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Travel

Travel throughout Central Oregon to meetings, and occasional State or National meetings.

Must hold a valid Oregon’s driver’s license.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Public Health or related field
  • One year experience in public health, health care, or social services

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master of Public Health or related field
  • At least one year experience in public health, and/or health related policy development
  • Experience with community organizing, event planning and coordination
  • Experience with grant-funded projects or programs, including the management and coordination of activities and reporting.
  • Bilingual

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
  • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions). 

Safety Sensitive Requirements

  • This position is considered to be a safety sensitive position 

AAP/EEO Statement

  • This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.