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Health Education Associate

Salary: $17.28-$21.09 hourly / $3,005-$3,669 monthly / Range: 5046

DEFINITION: Under direction, assists professional staff with planning, conducting, and coordinating public health education programs for the Public Health Department; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents will learn to conduct public health education classes, and will assist with other program activities in a specialized area, such as dental disease prevention, obstetrics, tobacco prevention, car passenger safety, animal regulation, and AIDS services.

Health Education Associate is distinguished from Health Education Associate, Senior by the Senior's additional responsibility for assisting a health professional with program administrative functions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans and conducts health orientation and education classes and demonstrations; develops educational materials, including posters, exhibits, pamphlets, news releases, radio and TV scripts; administers tests and reviews results to determine effectiveness of educational programs and materials presented; consults with staff and contacts members of community organizations, public and private agencies, and professional groups to elicit cooperation and participation in the development and implementation of community health programs; assists with conducting community and staff surveys and researches significant data to determine health-related needs and appropriate direction to channel health education efforts; assists with developing health programs; assists in reviewing State, Federal, and local legislation potentially affecting the agency.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Equivalent to two years of college including coursework in health education, sociology, home economics, biology, psychology, or education; and,

1. one year of experience in community health or a related service; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: community organizations and resources; group dynamics and human behavior; community outreach techniques; community health needs; the control of diseases; the methods of presenting educational materials; proper English usage and grammar.

Ability to: effectively communicate program information to a wide range of people; gain support and cooperation from other agencies and the community; identify health education needs and projects; conduct and facilitate group presentations; establish and maintain working relationships with individuals from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents will be required to travel within the County.

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