Associate Policy & Practice

Posting ID : A1068466588
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Nonprofit

About Health Resources in Action:
Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients/funders include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state and local public health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.

Since it's founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. Major organizational initiatives include:

-New England Asthma Innovation Collaboration: A multi-million dollar New England-wide initiative funded through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will improve asthma outcomes, quality of care, and health care costs of Medicaid- and CHIP-enrolled children by advancing innovative service delivery and sustainable payment systems
-Community Health Training Institute: An online resource funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that provides skill building trainings/webinars, tools, and resources to public health practitioners and advocates to improve community health
-Community Health Improvement: A national effort to engage hospitals, health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), United Ways, and foundations to conduct comprehensive community health assessments and health improvement plans to prioritize health issues, align collaborative implementation efforts, inform resource allocations, and meet regulatory requirements

For more information about the organization, visit

We are searching for a full time Associate to join HRiA's Policy & Practice team. This is an exciting opportunity to lead efforts around a Tobacco Free Community Capacity Building program, as well as support other public health prevention and health communication initiatives.

Position Description:
On behalf of HRiA, and working with the MA Department of Public Health, the Associate leads the day to day work of the Metro Boston Tobacco Free Community Partnership program. The Community Partnership is a population-based initiative focused on community level policy and system changes to reduce tobacco use. The Associate will lead communication efforts for the Community Partnership, as well as provide education, training, and resources; promote social norms around tobacco; and support tobacco-related policy efforts. A portion of the Associate's time will also support HRiA's health communications initiatives. This is a full time, exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate Community Partnership program efforts and outreach related to tobacco issues in Boston and 16 surrounding towns.
- Engage individuals, community groups, and organizations to promote local tobacco control policies and regulations.
- Partner with individuals, community organizations, and youth groups on initiatives to raise public awareness about health issuers related to tobacco use.
- Act as a resource to the media; monitor and generate media stories on local tobacco issues.
- Conduct presentations and trainings for community members including health services professionals, parents, and local coalitions.
- Coordinate and develop program reports and workplans; monitor progress of goals and objectives as defined by the program.
- Serve as a liaison with funders; manage clients, vendors, and consultants (graphic designers, printers, researchers, translators) as appropriate.
- Write and edit materials including print and web copy for communication products and campaigns.
- Engage in formative research, including conducting environmental scans and literature reviews, supporting research plan and tool development, providing interview and focus group support, and contributing to data analysis and report writing.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:
- Master's in Public Health or Health Communication with 1-3 years of work experience OR Bachelor of Arts/Science with 2-5 years of experience.
- Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once.
- Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to draft, proof, and construct professional documents and correspondence using contemporary business standards.
- Keen understanding of public health issues and ability to remain current on issues and health communication practice.
- Experience with Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook.
- Must be able to travel occasionally to offsite meetings.
- Ability to work independently and also as a team.

- Successful track record in community organizing.
- Experience working with diverse coalitions and/or local governments.
- Experience with Adobe In-Design and social media platforms.
- Ability to work with a wide-variety of personalities.
- Has thorough knowledge of social marketing.
- Demonstrated commitment to improving public health.

Procedure for Candidacy:
Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements online at .

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