Full-Time Community Health Educator
GENERAL PURPOSE: Develops, implements, and evaluates health promotion intervention programs designed to build healthy communities within Davis County.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Any one position does not include all of the duties listed; nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.) Recruits community organizations, resource people, and potential participants for support and assistance in program planning; develops a scope and sequence plan for a health education program; participates in formulating appropriate and measurable program objectives and designs programs consistent with specified program objectives.
Utilizes computerized health information retrieval system effectively; obtains health related data about social environments, growth and development factors; establishes effective consultative relationships with those requesting assistance in solving health related programs; infers needs for health education interventions based upon obtained community data.
Participates in developing a plan for coordinating health education services; facilitates cooperation between all levels of program and allied agency personnel; formulates practical modes of collaboration among health organizations, and organizes in-service training programs for personnel including agency staff, teachers, volunteers, youth, and other appropriate personnel.
Interprets concepts, purposes, and theories of health education; predicts the impact of societal value system on health education programs; selects a variety of communication methods and techniques in providing health information; fosters communication between interdepartmental personnel, health care providers and consumers.
Specific areas of prevention and control may include tobacco use, alcohol use, cancer, cardiovascular disease, nutrition, obesity, unintentional injury and fall prevention, and immunizations; other subjects of intervention include worksite health promotion, community coalitions, community outreach, and/or women’s health education.
Provides community education to individuals and groups. Plans and implements health education events such as health fairs, classes, etc. Works with diverse communities to include ethnic populations and populations that include the young and elderly. Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations. Performs related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be considered for the highest level for which they qualify.
Community Health Educator I: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Health Education, Community or Public Health Education.
Community Health Educator II: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Health Education, Community or Public Health Education, plus two (2) years of full-time health promotion or health education experience; an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.
Preference for related work experience in public health.
Preference for certification by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Special Qualifications: Must pass a criminal history background investigation. Furnish personal transportation for on-the-job travel; employees driving a personal or a County vehicle for job related travel must possess a valid driver license and must operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner; new employees with an out-of-state license must obtain a valid Utah Driver License within sixty (60) days of hire date (exceptions for military personnel and their dependents). Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of: sources of health related information, survey techniques to acquire health data, behaviors that promote or compromise health, needs assessment techniques and analysis, individual and group learning methods, health education evaluation instruments, conflict reduction methods, effective strategies for conducting in-service training programs. This position may require the driving of a motor vehicle; skill in operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner; knowledge of Utah motor vehicle rules and regulations. Ability to: develop and maintain timely program schedules, make group presentations, follow written and oral instructions, communicate effectively (orally and in writing), establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, students, civic organizations, county employees, and the general public.