Care-a-Van Community Coordinator (HSC3) – Homebased - PROJECT – DOH6942
Washington State Department of Health
Location: Tumwater, Washington
Type: Full Time
Salary: $4,777.00 - $6,260.00 Monthly
This is a full-time, homebased, project Health Services Consultant 3 (HSC3) position located within the Office of Public Affairs and Equity. This project position is currently funded through June 30, 2023.
This Care-a-Van Community Coordinator (HSC 3) position will focus primarily on supporting the Department of Health’s Response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This position will be part of the Community Engagement Task Force (CETF), which is a specific response function that is led by the Office of Public Affairs & Equity (OPAE) Community Relations & Equity (CRE) Team.
Reporting to the Mobile Health Program Manager, the Care-a-Van Community Coordinator ensures that communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and other health issues have access to the same critical health and safety information and services as the rest of the general public through our Care-a-Van Mobile Health Program. Based on available clinical data from this rapidly evolving pandemic and existing socio-demographic context, it is expected that COVID-19 will disproportionately affect individuals at higher risk because of:
The virus’ health impact —older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant people.
Current and persistent systemic inequities—communities who have historically and currently experienced barriers to accessing critical health information and services due to race/ethnicity, language, culture, nationality, immigration status, or disability status.
Increased risk of exposure, negative economic impact, or other unintended consequences of the response due to employment situation, which can include certain types of work where social distancing is not feasible, there is a limited availability of personal protective equipment, exposure risk is high, and employer policies do not support time off.
Increased risk of exposure or unintended consequences of the response due to housing and family situation, which can include individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals living in shared or transitional housing, and domestic violence survivors.
Increased risk of unintended health consequences of the response’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, due to stress on the healthcare system, closures, travel bans, social distancing, isolation, and quarantine. People who may experience unintended health consequences include, but are not limited to, pregnant people and new moms—especially Native American and Black women; people with unrelated acute, severe, or chronic health conditions; and individuals with disabilities.
The Care-a-Van Community Coordinator will support the Mobile Health Program team’s goals and objectives and will work alongside the COVID-19 Vaccine Program. Key responsibilities and competencies will include supporting comprehensive program development, implementation, and evaluation; project coordination; local health coordination and partnership; and community partner support. This position will be responsible for supporting the coordination of incoming Care-a-Van requests with Local Health Jurisdiction partners and other mobile health resources, develop reports and outreach plans. The Care-a-Van Community Coordinator will partner closely with the other members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, Community Relations & Equity team, other teams within the Office of Public Affairs and Equity (OPAE), Office of Immunization, Office of Resiliency and Health Security, and other Department of Health (DOH) programs.
Please note, while this position is primarily homebased, some travel is required, typically local or regional to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend/provide training.
Currently, this position may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected. When approved to return, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and reporting to the Tumwater duty station for work activities.
About the Office of Public Affairs & Equity
The Office of Public Affairs & Equity (OPAE) uses an innovative approach to foundational policy, communications, equity, diversity & inclusion, and partnership work. OPAE accomplishes our work through strategic communications, health promotion and education, and community relations and equity.
Option 1: Four (4) or more years of experience leading, developing, or coordinating projects or programs that focus on equity, addressing health inequities, language access, cultural appropriateness, health communications, health literacy, community engagement, and/or working with historically marginalized groups.
Option 2: A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in public health, community health, social work, health communications, public administration, business administration, or a related field; AND two (2) or more years of experience leading, developing, or coordinating projects or programs that focus on equity, addressing health inequities, language access, cultural appropriateness, health communications, health literacy, community engagement, and/or working with historically marginalized groups.
Demonstrated experience and skills to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate comprehensive, cross-sector, community-informed, collaborative outreach plans, and efforts.
Demonstrated experience in leading and managing large-scale and complex projects.
Excellent organizational and communication (verbal, written and interpersonal) skills.
Experience building new systems and processes to improve collaboration, coordination, quality improvement, and/or equity.
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.
We help ensure a safer and healthier Washington by:
Working to improve health through disease and injury prevention, immunization, and newborn screening
Providing health and safety information, education and training so people can make healthy choices
Promoting a health and wellness system where we live, learn, work, play and worship
Addressing environmental health hazards associated with drinking water, food, air quality and pesticide exposure
Protecting you and your family by licensing healthcare professionals, investigating disease outbreaks and preparing for emergencies