Health Equity Coordinator - #337871
Metropolitan Family Services
Date: 07/22/2021 19:00 PM
City: Robbins, Illinois
Contract type: Full Time
Work schedule: Full Day
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 96,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment:
The Healthy Chicago Equity Zone Rapid Response Coordinator has the responsibilities of coordinating and conducting program activities connected to Metropolitan Family Services’ targeted neighborhoods, ensuring that the vision of the Health Equity Zone work is informed by community resident input. The Coordinator will assist in identifying opportunities to decrease health inequity and to maximize program outreach to the affected community. The Coordinator will work with the Program Monitor and other Project Partner Organizations to execute the objectives of the Chicago Department of Public Health which include increasing COVID vaccine equity/ access to the vaccine/ overall increased rates of vaccination as well as creating, realizing additional health equity goals, and increasing community’s connection to resources. The Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the success of health equity action plans, and for coordinating volunteers and community outreach workers.
North Healthy Chicago Equity Zone Focus area: Portage Park, Norwood Park, Montclare, Hermosa, Dunning, and Belmont Cragin.
South Healthy Chicago Equity Zone Focus area: Elsdon and West Lawn
We are now hiring for a full-time Health Equity Coordinator to join our North Center Team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Participate in the Regional Healthy Chicago Equity Zone collaboration and support the collaboration through community organizing activities.
- Responsible for implementing the Health Equity vision of building active community participation, engaging community residents to focus on health equity that ultimately leads to systems change.
- Build, expand, or maintain a neighborhood network that represents a broad range of stakeholders that will identify local public health challenges and opportunities.
- Recruit, train, and deploy community members and trusted messengers to disseminate public health materials, improve health literacy and health awareness, engage community members with local health organizations, and improve health care access for community members.
- Coordinate all activities, communication, outreach, and education campaigns for subject Healthy Chicago Equity Zone’s community residents, including the creation of a Residents Advisory committee.
- Plan and lead vaccination events, conduct door-to-door outreach, and assist with appointment scheduling and education to increase vaccine confidence, and link people to social services or other needed assistance.
- Coordinate the subject Healthy Chicago Equity Zone's activities, including those where MFS is a partner to community activities connecting our community to resources and educating our community on health resources.
- Build relationships with local partners in the community to maintain and build stronger ties with residents and community partners.
- Support the Health Equity effort with data collection and assist with reporting to inform local strategies.
- Coordinate and participate in meetings, and support the work of community committees, volunteers, and partners to address emerging needs of the community.
- Plan and work events to help educate and connect the community to resources.
- Identify and link resources, lead coordination of resources with external partners to improve health literacy and health awareness, and improve health care access for community members.
- Be flexible with work hours and working on weekends, which includes going person to person, door-to-door, and collaboration with other partners.
- Other duties as assigned
- High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
- 3-5 years of experience working with parent or family groups in a non-profit setting, required.
- Applicants must reside, or have extensive (3 years) work/lived experience, in the Healthy Chicago Equity Zone identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health, required.
- Vehicle, valid driver’s license, and insurance required.
- Bilingual in Spanish or Polish, preferred
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating volunteers, preferred.
- Familiarity and an understanding of Healthy Chicago Equity Zone, and planning and executing community outreach activities.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including written, social media, giving community presentations and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google tools.
- Punctual, reliable and dependable with the ability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends).
- Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
- Demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced environment.
- Self-starter that is detail-oriented and thinks creatively and strategically.
- Ability to produce high-quality work independently.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community empowerment, and advocacy.
- While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stretch, stoop, kneel and crouch.
- The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing and viewing a computer terminal.
- The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
- Dental and Vision Insurance Options
- 11 paid Holidays
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- 401K Plan
- Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
- Wellness Initiative Program
- Employee Assistance Network
Verbal and Written Communication
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)