The Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Cumberland County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) have received funding to implement an initiative which focuses on primary prevention by utilizing a whole person/family approach and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH). The initiative includes multi-disciplinary Case Management and Care Coordination teams responsive to community referrals to provide care coordination and case management services to address social determinants of health, address social needs, improve health behaviors and health outcomes, improve health equity, and reduce health disparities, reduce preventable hospital stays, and prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect.
The Public Health Educator I is an in-home and community-based position. This position will provide evidence-based education to Cumberland County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) patients and Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) clients and follow up with patients after health care visits to assure understanding. This position will cover health and wellness topics such as physical activity and nutrition education, sexual health, chronic disease prevention, tobacco use, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), safe sleep, and fall prevention education. The position will work with individuals and families to address health disparities and advance health equity among historically marginalized and other priority populations.
Examples of Duties
Duties for this position include, but are not limited to:
Serve on a multi-disciplinary Case Management and Care Coordination Team with Nutritionist, Social Workers, Public Health Nurse, and an Income Maintenance Case Worker to provide case management and care coordination services in-person (in home and office), by telephone or virtually.
Plan and/or prepare presentations with fidelity to curriculum or model or health education program topics.
Work with individuals and families to identify educational needs, initiate community problem-solving, design, recommend and implement health education and prevention strategies.
Recruit and retain participants for prevention and health promotion programs using both CCDPH and DSS programs and other community partners for resources to recruit and retain participants.
Conduct health education programs for community partners.
Organize and coordinate training materials as appropriate.
Support other health education programs by promoting health education as an agency priority, integrating it with other programs and promoting and cooperation and feedback.
Establish relationships, communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing and strengthen existing relationships between the health department and the general public, and other health serving community organizations throughout Cumberland County.
Employee is subject to be called upon anytime to help the agency respond to a public health emergency which may include, but is not limited to, outbreak investigations, staffing mass dispensing or immunization clinics, providing disaster relief, or other incidents (man-made or natural and intentional or non-intentional) as they arise, or any public health response requested by the Health Director.
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in health education; or graduation from a four-year college or university and completion of one year of on-the-job training as a public health educator.
Master's degree in Public Health, Education, or Health and Human Services.
About Cumberland County Department of Public Health
The Department of Public Health provides an array of services to the citizens of the County.
Federal, State and County tax money fund the Health Department. Grants and fees for services generate additional funds. The Health Department is governed by the Cumberland County Board of Health, which is composed of up to eleven members appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
The Health Department was founded in 1911 as the Cumberland County/Fayetteville City Board of Sanitation and Health, but it had no paid employees. In 1923, a part-time physician and two nurses were hired as the first paid employees.
The Public Health Center is located at 1235 Ramsey Street and operates three satellite offices throughout the County.