Fields: healthcare, policy, rural, disabilities, poverty
Location: Remote, Pennsylvania
About the Organization: The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is a leading statewide advocacy coalition working to improve the quality and accessibility of health coverage options. Strengthening consumer voices in health equity discussions since 2007, PHAN focuses on rural and underserved communities. PHAN educates consumers, advocates, and organizations on policy issues that enhance the value, affordability, and outcomes of healthcare delivery. The Pennsylvania Health Access Network believes we can make a better system by empowering community members to take an active role in evaluating their healthcare options, sharing their experiences, and leading community conversations that support the changes we must make to ensure everyone has a fair chance.
About the Position: The CHO is part of a team that is passionate about ensuring every Pennsylvanian has high quality, equitable, and affordable healthcare. Based primarily in North Central counties – Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Columbia, and Schuylkill – the community health organizer (CHO) must build strong relationships and actively engage people living with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities and healthcare providers to evaluate local healthcare options and ensure those options are welcoming, open to everyone, and free of barriers.
The CHO leads consumer engagement and community outreach efforts in the targeted area. The CHO engages individuals in complicated discussions around health and healthcare and identifies individuals who want to participate in a grassroots campaign. The CHO develops and implements an organizing and communications plan that targets community members, community partners, and the broader community. Much of the work of the CHO involves leading community meetings.
Must be able to work remotely from home (based in North Central Pennsylvania) on a regular schedule with flexibility to accommodate meetings, consumers, and special events. Must be able to regularly travel throughout the targeted area, which requires reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and insurance. Travel to different parts of Pennsylvania is occasionally required. All travel is reimbursed using the Federal mileage reimbursement rate.
- Any undergraduate degree that is helpful to this work
- Experience in public health, grassroots organizing, or human services
- Knowledge of community outreach and engagement; organizing experience preferred
- Strong knowledge of digital media and online communications (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube); Ability to quickly adapt to new communications technology for professional online content; Willingness to learn new technology and software to achieve outcomes
- Ability to build and maintain trust and good rapport with individuals
- Ability to work collaboratively with individuals living with disabilities
- Passion for social justice and community change within underrepresented communities; Willingness to build knowledge and action in underrepresented populations through community engagement and grassroots organizing tactics
- Flexible, adaptable and able to maintain composure in a fast-paced environment; Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a high-level attention to detail; Prove ability to organize, prioritize, execute, and evaluate work plans
- Core design abilities, graphics design, basic HTML and/or video editing skills is a plus
- Experience with e-advocacy platform (Salsa), consumer relationship management platform (Salesforce), and/or website maintenance (WordPress) is a plus
We strongly encourage applicants from communities, constituencies, and identities that are underrepresented in health care advocacy, including but not limited to: people of color, people with disabilities, low-income people, and LGBT people.
Estimated Salary: $30,000 – $33,000 per year, full-time. Generous PTO package, including paid holidays, sick time, and vacation time. PPO health, dental, and vision insurance with no monthly contribution. Short-term and long-term disability, and life insurances. A flexible work environment
Deadline: Until filled
Pennsylvania Health Access Network