Health Equity Program Associate

Posting Number: #098-21

Position Title: Health Equity Program Associate

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA, with the possibility of being remote

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

PHI is seeking a part-time Health Equity Program Associate for the Berkeley Media Studies Group. The Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), a project of the Public Health Institute, is committed to helping public health professionals and community advocates engage the news media strategically to advance healthy public policies to support racial and health equity. This position is located in Berkeley, CA, with the possibility of being completed remotely.

The program associate’s main responsibilities will be to provide logistical and materials development support to Berkeley Media Studies Group’s Health Equity Coordinator to create and compile resources to help public health advocates, staff in local health departments, community-based organizations, and others communicate more effectively about COVID-19 and how it intersects with other important public health and health equity issues. This would include coordinating and attending online events and meetings, tracking requests and resources, responding to requests for information, reviewing the literature, synthesizing information and key themes, and supporting the development and distribution of tips, blogs and other written products.

We are looking for a program associate who can commit to 20-25 hours/week. This is a time-limited position through December 31, 2021. This position will involve a wide range of activities to support racial and health equity-focused work, some of which will be rapidly moving and partnership-driven, and other activities that will necessitate attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Respond to requests for COVID-19 communications support from California local health departments and community-based organizations:
    • Meet with partners working on COVID-19 within California to understand their communications needs related to COVID-19.
    • Work closely with BMSG’s Health Equity Coordinator to evaluate communications requests from community groups and local health departments to provide resources, assess if new resources are needed, or connect the group to other partners working on the issue.
    • Review op-eds and other materials from partners and provide feedback.
  • Support materials development:
    • Conduct literature reviews on topics such as communicating about housing, COVID-19, or other equity-related issues and help synthesize the reviews into communications tools on COVID-19.
    • Review BMSG resources and adapt to COVID-19 as needed, including finding current examples of best practices; writing/editing tips, tools and blogs, and other materials as directed.
  • Track and organize resources:
    • Attend webinars, review resources, attend meetings with other organizations, and scan the news media to provide helpful examples, resources, and support to partners and ensure BMSG understands and is in alignment with other research and practice happening related to COVID-19. Summarize key points and tips for other BMSG staff and partners.
  • Provide program logistics support:
    • Provide general meeting support, schedule and attend internal and external meetings, take notes, and help coordinate follow-up.
    • Support online events (webinars and meetings) by developing email and social media materials, promoting the event, tracking RSVPs, scheduling prep calls with speakers, support event delivery and post-event activities and follow-up.
    • Track ongoing project activities for reporting to funders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of related experience is required.
  • Enthusiasm for public health, social justice, media, and communications issues.
  • Familiarity with core concepts related to racial and health equity and ability to apply them to various projects. For example, scanning news articles and op-eds to pull out strong quotes that exemplify health equity.
  • Basic knowledge of and familiarity with California’s regional differences and geography.
  • Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills, including developing proactive ideas for organizing projects, resources, and other information.
  • Strong writer. Able to synthesize large amounts of information. Experience in writing op-eds or other media-related materials is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with other staff members, including the ability to manage time and prioritize tasks without being in an office setting, especially if working remotely.
  • Experience being a proactive member of a team that is able to see needs, gaps, and opportunities and proactively develop and shares ideas to address them.
  • Able to build trusting relationships with diverse partners, ranging from community advocates to government agency staff.
  • Experience with online meetings (Zoom), social media management platforms, and email marketing tools is preferred.

Desired Qualifications

  • Spanish-language ability is a plus.

Important Information

  • This is a part-time (20-25 hours per week) position.
  • This is a time-limited position through December 31, 2021.
  • People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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