Alzheimer’s Disease and Heart Health Public Health Educator

Augusta, Maine, United States | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: April 13, 2021
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Public Health Educator II
Opening Date:  March 30, 2021

Closing Date: April 13, 2021

Job Class Code: 4372
Grade:  20  (Pro/Tech)   
Salary: $37,128.00 - $49,857.60 / yr
Position Number: 02000-2999            

 

Agency information:

 The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

 

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

 You will serve as the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia’s Program Coordinator as well as support public health education around heart disease and stroke prevention initiatives. You will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, and participating in a variety of health education activities in the areas of public health. You will be developing and disseminating health education to the public, patients/caregivers, health care professionals and other stakeholders about prevention and self-management of chronic diseases as it is a vital component of the program and aims at reducing the use of emergency departments, hospitalizations and improving the health status of Maine’s population.

 

You will also:

  • Coordinate and support the implementation of the initiatives identified in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia’s Prevention Grant.
  • Support the implementation of the initiatives identified in the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Grant.
  • Assist the Program with developing a communication strategy and implementing statewide and targeted educational initiatives related to disease prevention and self-management programs.
  • Increase chronic disease awareness among Maine citizens and medical professionals.
  • Assist with design, development and maintenance of messaging and resources such as but not limited to tip-sheets, web content, infographics, brochures, and videos to support chronic disease prevention efforts.
  • Collect, organize, and disseminate educational materials about chronic disease burden and evidence-based management strategies.
  • Cultivate relationships with multiple partners, within and outside of Maine DHHS, to identify and implement promotion and coordination efforts.
  • Provide ongoing departmental support as needed.
  • Organizes, coordinates, and participates in health education activities in order to develop community awareness and encourage individual participation.
  • Works with community agencies, health care organizations, and other related groups in order to develop health promotion and education programs.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Community Health Education, Health Education, or related field – OR – an acceptable equivalent four (4) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in the health education field.

 

Preferred candidates will have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with chronic disease control and prevention
  • Demonstrated skill applying best practices and standards for health communications
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external partners
  • Computer Proficiency including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Smartsheets applications
  • Ability to work with managers and staff to identify training needs and research information for training/meeting opportunities, or to provide outreach materials

  

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

 For additional information about this position please contact Emily Moores, Chronic Disease Senior Health Program Manager at (207) 592-2967.

 

*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.   

 

To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov .

 

BENEFITS

Benefits are vital to your health and well-being. We get it. Here’s what the State of Maine offers:

  • growth – build your career
  • health, dental, and vision insurance – take care of yourself
  • retirement savings – financially independent, even after you stop working
  • flexible spending accounts – manage out-of-pocket healthcare and/or daycare costs
  • Living Resources (employee assistance program) – overcome difficult situations with support
  • paid holidays – twelve each year
  • federal public loan forgiveness program – for qualifying loans and payments
  • statewide locations – from Kittery to Madawaska
  • training – develop knowledge, skills, and understanding

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%. 

 

 

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.