Community Health Educator

Posted: 01/07/2022

Portage County is all about having a servant heart and providing services that enable our citizens to build productive communities, families and lives. The Health and Human Services department is hiring a full time Community Health Educator!

What are the primary job responsibilities?

Community Health Education, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation:

  • Establish strong relationships with other agencies/departments, community groups and interested parties and create synergy around common public health agenda issues.
  • Leads and participates on community planning teams targeting identified health priority areas.
  • Independently, or with community planning teams, analyzes public health needs in the community and identifies, implements, and evaluates program impacts and outcomes.
  • Obtains and reviews health related data about social and cultural environments, development factors, needs, and interests to distinguish between behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being.
  • Recruits community organizations, resource people, and maintains a network of engaged supporters.
  • Develops comprehensive education programs, selects indicators to measure the progress, tracks and reports outputs and outcomes utilizing data gathered.
  • Designs, plan and conduct needs assessments, analyze results and communicate findings to key audiences.
  • Asist with implementation of community health improvement plans for identified health priorities.
  • Monitor plan/intervention progress; design, execute, and report on evaluation strategies and measures; identify areas for improvement.
  • Obtain, disseminate, or provide expert assistance on best practices in population health.
  • Collaborate with other County departments and community agencies on identified health priorities.
  • Arrange and participate in multi-disciplinary meetings as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain systems for collecting and maintaining data obtained through assessment, evaluation, and outcome measurement.
  • Document activities and progress of assigned projects.
Communication & Reporting:
  • Designs, presents, and coordinates health education programs; coordinates training programs.
  • Designs strategies and systems to measure the impact of the programs offered. Formulates appropriate and measurable program objectives.
  • Creates a variety of social marketing campaigns and tools to promote health concepts and other public health messages to the community.
  • Advocates for policy changes to address community health issues. Provides public speaking to organizations and advocacy groups.
  • Provides technical assistance to the other County departments, community groups, and consumers on current health information.
  • Prepares media releases, press packets, interviews, and serves as a media spokesperson. Develop and implement strategies for agency communications including development and maintenance of websites and identifying/proposing opportunities for online social networking.
  • Assist with coordinating and writing the annual reports, press releases, and other communication materials.
  • Assist with agency reporting as requested.
Education or Program Coordination:
  • Serve as a resource for staff and community providers.
  • Collaborate with supervisor in determining education or program needs, i.e., supplies, personnel, etc.
  • Schedules and leads education program planning, sets agendas, and arranges for recording of meeting minutes.
  • Manages grants, contracts, and prepares required reports.
What are the minimal qualifications?
  • Graduate from accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health, community health education or health promotion, nursing, or related field. Master’s degree in public health preferred.
  • Professional work experience public/community health field required. Health education in a community-based setting preferred.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) required or must be obtained within one year of employment and maintained during employment.

Portage County offers the following benefits:
  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution or a PPO Co-pay plan)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Plan) Paid by the County
  • Employee Wellness program
  • Vacation - available on date of hire!
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick pay
  • Flexible spending account
  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County (must work a minimum of 30 hours/week)
  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County (must work a minimum of 30 hours/week)
  • Dental insurance
  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan

Portage County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer