Health & Equity Strategist
The mission of the nationally-accredited New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) is to protect, promote, and preserve the health of all where we live, learn, work, and play. The NOHD defines health broadly and holistically to include freedom from bodily or mental disease, having a sense of safety and having access to health services when needed. Fulfilling this mission calls for a renewed commitment to integrating equity strategies focusing on fair and just inclusion throughout NOHD’s work.
Health equity means all people and communities have the opportunity to attain their full potential and highest level of health. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally while focusing on eliminating inequities experienced by groups that have encountered obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, income, gender, neighborhood, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. It also requires addressing the social, economic and environmental conditions (such as housing, employment, public safety, and education) that create unjust differences in health status and opportunities for health in communities.
In pursuit of health equity, NOHD will deepen its engagement with affected communities; advance innovative strategies that embrace partnerships, utilize best practices, and incorporate community leadership to solve the city’s most intractable health problems. Cross-sectoral approaches will be needed to change the conditions that deny communities opportunities for health.
Developing innovative health strategies means addressing the City’s most intractable health problems through innovative approaches that embrace partnerships, utilizes best practices and incorporates community engagement and leadership. Achieving health and wellness for all requires cross sectoral engagement (eg. housing, transportation, employment, public safety and education) to address the social, economic and environmental conditions that create unjust differences in health status and denies communities opportunities for health.
More information is available at nola.gov/health equity.
The Health and Equity Strategist leads the Health Department’s efforts to eliminate health disparities and ensure health for all in New Orleans. This endeavor requires visionary leadership and an ability to work within the NOHD, with other City Departments and with community partners to broaden the understanding of what creates health in New Orleans. The Health and Equity Strategist will utilize the NOHD’s Equity Framework as a starting point to conduct structural analysis of policies and practices and to develop a “health in all polices” work plan that focuses on the social determinants of health. In addition, this position will direct the NOHD violence prevention programs and staff which include community violence prevention, youth violence prevention, school-based and trauma-informed initiatives including restorative justice and positive behavioral support programs (PBIS) and NOHD’s community response to domestic violence.
Champion racial equity and social justice, developing strategies to explicitly address the health impacts of racism, poverty and gender discrimination.
Build capacity and infrastructure to promote equity within the NOHD divisions and programs.
- Facilitate the department’s Health Equity Action Team (HEAT), a cadre of staff leading equity-focused organizational improvement initiatives.
- Develop health equity trainings and professional development opportunities for NOHD staff and community partners.
- Support NOHD staff in re-focusing existing programs through an equity lens and developing new programs to reduce health disparities.
- Develop communications strategies to build awareness and understanding of the NOHD’s equity framework across City Departments.
- Engage community partners across the city in strategies to promote equity.
- Promote systems, structural and policy changes that enable health for all.
- Build cross-sector partnerships to address the social determinants of health.
- Leverage data to make the case for health equity and to measure improvements in health outcomes.
- Engage City and community agencies and leaders in conversations and action to increase community voice in the development of violence prevention strategies.
- Supervise and guide the NOHD’s violence prevention programs, supporting program staff and fostering collaboration to develop joint prevention strategies to address multiple forms of violence
- Pursue funding opportunities in support of Health Department priorities
- 5 years of work experience in program or departmental administration/management of governmental or nonprofit programs/services in public health, violence prevention, or public policy. Experience must including grant writing.
- Experience administering federal and/or private grant programs in a governmental setting and public health administrative experience in a medical or clinical setting is preferred.
- A master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in public health, the social sciences, or public policy/administration. A master’s degree may substitute for (1) year of the required professional experience.
- 2-3 years of supervisory experience.
- Proficiency in PC operations (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc.) and use of online data resources, databases, and reporting tools.
- Ability to record, organize, analyze and present data with accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail.
- Ability to analyze complex information and develop strategies, plans, and procedures to address the operations and policies of the NOHD.
- Ability to work with and supervise individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Facilitative leadership that inspires and builds collective capacity to achieve shared aims.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills and an ability to interact with all levels of government agencies, partners, city personnel, and community members.
- Ability to work collaboratively.
- Ability to provide logistical support and facilitation for meetings and events.
- Ability to lead organizational improvement initiatives.
- Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities and concurrently manage multiple projects.
- Willingness to work in public health emergencies as part of the City of New Orleans’ emergency response.
Salary will be contingent upon an assessment of the candidate’s verified experience, knowledge, and possession of related licenses and/or certifications.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter to Human Resources firstname.lastname@example.org.