August 30, 2012
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Program is recruiting for Community Health Leaders
for the Network for a Healthy California-Bay Area Region’s African American Campaign. The African American Campaign Community Health Leaders will be responsible for increasing fruit and vegetable-related awareness, knowledge, skills and habits among low-income African American adults.
Job Title: Network for a Healthy California – Bay Area Region African American Campaign Community Health Leaders
Program: Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division
Posted Date: 08/30/12
Type: Short-Term Job Opportunity (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013)
Number of Openings: 3-4
Position Description: The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is the lead agency for the Network for a Healthy California, Bay Area Region, which is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, administered through the California State Department of Public Health. The goal of the Network is to encourage healthy eating and physical activity habits among low-income populations in an effort to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
The Network for a Healthy California - Bay Area Region is seeking an African
American Campaign Community Health Leader(s) (CHL). The African American Campaign Community Health Leader(s) will be responsible for increasing fruit and vegetable-related awareness, knowledge, skills and habits among low income African American adults. Core activities include conducting nutrition and physical activity education classes at community centers, churches, and other community based organizations and direct health service providers, and participating in various community events and activities, including community festivals for Juneteenth, and Black History Month.
Primary Responsibilities: The CHL will work with the African American Campaign Manager, Assistant Manager and community partners to improve fruit and vegetable and physical activity-related knowledge, opinions, skills, and behaviors among eligible low income adults by identifying, recruiting, training, and providing support to Community Based Organizations (CBOs)and Direct Health Service Providers (DHSPs) to conduct nutrition education and physical activity lessons from the Fruit, Vegetable, and Physical Activity Toolbox for Community Educators (Toolbox). CBOs and DHSPs include social action groups, community centers, community clinics, churches, healthcare services, housing centers, resource centers, CalFresh offices, and any other place where the target audience assembles for classes.
The CHL will work with the African American Campaign Manager, Assistant
Manager and community partners to improve fruit and vegetable and physical activity-related knowledge, opinions, skills, and behaviors of eligible low-income adults by conducting fruit, vegetable, and physical activity interactive educational activities at community and church events, grocery stores, community festivals, flea/farmers’ markets and other events.
The CHL will establish and increase working relationships among local USDA funded programs (CalFresh, Women Infants and Children (WIC), National School Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Summer Programs, University of California-Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (UC-FSNEP), Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors, etc.) and link with regional partners to maximize efforts to provide nutrition education and physical activity promotion to the eligible low-income audience.
Specific Duties: Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, initiative and follow-through. Comfort with speaking in front of large groups is essential. Candidates must have established skill and sensitivity in dealing with the African American community and adults of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Knowledge and skills in nutrition and physical activity promotion desirable.
Special Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in public or community health education, health science, or other relevant degree preferred or three years experience working in a position involving public health promotion and/or education. Valid California Driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Organization Description: The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.
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Closing Date: 9-24-12
Desired Starting Date: October 1, 2012
For more information, contact:
Joe Prickitt, Director, Network for a Health California - Bay Area Region
How to Apply: Submit resume including educational background and work experience with a cover letter to: