Position Description

Community Action Network Coordinator
Location Jamaica
Project Name Healthy Start
Employment Status part-time
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Company Overview:

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory, and support vulnerable New York City families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential.

As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to vulnerable low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. To learn more about our work, please visit healthsolutions.org.

Program Description:

The Queens Healthy Start Partnership is a formal collaboration between Sheltering Arms (Healthy Families Jamaica program), Community Healthcare Network, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and the NYC DOHMH Nurse Family Partnership Program. The goal is to improve perinatal outcomes in the community through: a shared outreach and education plan and centralized screening/eligibility system, cross-agency program development, data collection, quality improvement, case-conferencing, staff training, evaluation, and ongoing communication among partners as well as other community organizations and stakeholders through the CAN, which is specific to the Healthy Start model. The CAN represents consumers and appropriate agencies that unite to collectively apply their resources to the implementation of one or more commons strategies to achieve a common goal within their service area.

Position Summary:

PHS is seeking a Community Action Network (CAN) Coordinator for a HRSA-funded Healthy Start Program in Southeast Queens and surrounding neighborhoods. 

The CAN Coordinator, under the supervision of the Healthy Start Program Director, is responsible for convening key community stakeholders, including but not limited to: consumers, partnering agencies, community-based organizations, and community members to work together to achieve common goals for community betterment. The CAN Coordinator will lead the group in developing yearly strategic plans by gathering and analyzing data to help identify community health needs and assuring we maintain collective impact by encouraging others to integrate and address social determinants of health.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead/facilitate bi-monthly CAN meetings virtually or in person  
  • Conduct continuous targeted outreach to community partners and local community groups, agencies, and organizations to identify partners and build a cross-sector network of CAN members
  • Work with project partners to identify, recruit, and retain program participants to serve on the CAN
  • Organize and maintain networks of individuals who support the goals of the Queens Healthy Start Project
  • Coordinate trainings for CAN members in skills such as community-based participatory research, data analysis, and asset mapping and on topics such as toxic stress, trauma-informed care, and health insurance enrollment and others the CAN has selected
  • Provide guidance and lead the CAN in selecting a common agenda, shared measures, and mutually reinforcing activities
  • Plan and organize CAN events such as focus groups, town halls, health and educational sessions
  • Work with the Healthy Start local evaluation subcontractor to design and implement evaluation activities for the CAN
  • Ensure that data tracking guidelines are met and that program outcomes can be effectively measured
  • Draft reports regarding grant activities and program evaluation and outcomes

Qualification Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience in community organizing, strategic planning, and facilitating cross-sector partnerships
  • Experience in public health, community development and health issues in urban, underserved neighborhoods
  • Ability to be non-judgmental and establish trusting relationships, good problem solving, listening and practical skills; shows respect and sensitivity with individuals of differing cultural, racial, sexual or ethnic identities; some knowledge of community resources. 
  • Open to working evening hours and weekends when necessary
  • Bi-lingual preferred (Spanish)

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans

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