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State of Massachusetts Rural Health Outreach and Communications Coordinator in Westfield, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health(DPH)seeks an experiencedcommunity engagementprofessional to join the State Office of Rural Health(SORH) in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) as theRural Health Outreach and Communications Coordinator. This role will support the SORH in building partnerships to increase access to health services, develop better systems of care, and improve the health status of rural communities. The Coordinatorwillorganize and support community outreach activities,advisory council operations, communications initiatives, and educational programs. They willsupport the office’s technicalassistanceprogram, community needs assessments, and program monitoring.The Coordinatorwillparticipatein collaborative multi-sector local, state, regional, and national initiatives, andfacilitateinternal and external relationships with community and organizational partners.This position requires a candidateskilled at adjusting their focusto matchevolvingcommunity needs, leading tomeaningfulopportunities for continual growth and learning. Qualified candidates willpossesslived experience with rural communities, knowledge of rural models of health care, community coalition and network development, root causes of health inequities frameworks and navigation of state and federal program resources. BCHAP acknowledges the history of structural racism and its impact on health. We are committed to improving the quality of life for all Commonwealth residents whileeliminatingthe inequities that threaten the lives of communities of color who are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and their risk factors. The Outreach and Communications Coordinatorwill actively apply this framework to all aspects of their work and will work with other Division and BCHAP staff to build understanding andcapacityto incorporate this framing into programs across the Department. _Duties and Responsibilities(these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive)_: * Collect andcirculatecommunications from state, regional, and national organizationstorural communities, organizations, and partners through the SORH and DPH communications platforms. * Draft announcements, informational materials, presentations, articles, and reports. * Make outreach visits and presentations about rural health in Massachusetts and activities of the SORH to build relationships with key partners, rural communities, and rural health organizations. * Maintain strong working relationships with internal and external partners, to appropriately inform and advance health innovations for the Commonwealth and rural Massachusetts communities. * Organize SORH educational and networking events andparticipateon conference committees of external partner organizations. * Promote state, federal, and private funding opportunities to rural communities and organizations. * Work collaboratively with other staff and initiatives to actively seek opportunities to build ruralcapacity. * Report on activities in SORH reporting databases to support SORH program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting requirements. * Coordinate SORH contract processing, monitoring, and payment processeswith finance divisions, as needed. __ _Required Qualifications:_ * Ability to write concisely to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence. * Able to follow written and oral instructions. * Knowledge of or experience with strategic planning or other priority setting processes. * Capacity to communicate effectively in oral expression. * Ability to adjust to varying or changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements _PreferredQualifications:_ * Three years of experience in work relevant to public health, program coordination or management, or program planning or analysis. * Strong writing experience withdrafting announcements, informational materials, presentations, articles, and reports. * Lived in experience with working with rural communities preferred. * Ability to communicate with both internal and externalpartners, and knowledgeable about community engagement activities and community-based organizations. * Ability to analyze anddeterminethe applicability of data,drawconclusionsand makeappropriate recommendationsandmaintainaccuraterecords. * Commitment to travel torural communities to present andparticipateineducational activitiesof external partner organizations. * Demonstratean understanding of social determinants of health and a commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity, and racial justice. *About the Department of Public Health:* The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health _ Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Request Form. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #4 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the-required experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.* III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. *Job: Administrative Services *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Rural Health Outreach and Communications Coordinator Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-91 East Mountain Rd Requisition ID: 240005LJ