Community Health Educator II
Cambridge Health Alliance
The mission of the Division on Addiction is to alleviate addiction-related social, medical, and economic burdens through research, education, training, and outreach.
The Division provides a message of compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and hope, which is reflected in every aspect of our activities. The Division s research reflects a commitment to challenging stigma and misinformation about addiction. Division research stimulates and guides innovative teaching and training programs for a diverse set of learners. The Division provides a critical link between Harvard Medical School students, the clinical and research scientists at Harvard, other medical education communities, and the lay public. The Division offers encouragement, education, and training to a diverse group of learners, including health care providers and scientists studying addiction at Harvard and beyond.
Through its educational activities and outreach and resources, including continuing medical education, faculty development courses, research collaborations and fellowship training program, the Division provides a meaningful voice within the public health and medical communities. The Division also reaches a variety of communities through its public forums, public education activities, middle school science curriculum development, and student internship program.
The Division s work includes groundbreaking psychiatric epidemiological research focusing on addictive behavior. Division faculty members have published a large portfolio of scholarly publications that are advancing how the world understands, discusses, and treats addiction. Most notably, Division researchers proposed the Syndrome Model of Addiction to help explain the trajectory of addictive behavior. This system of classification includes both (1) the risk factors and consequences common to all expressions of addiction, and (2) simultaneously accounts for the elements that distinguish various forms of addiction from one another.
- Conduct in-person and multi-media trainings for health providers and community groups in New England (primarily Massachusetts and New Hampshire). Trainings will primarily occur during work hours (M-F 9am-5pm) but will occasionally occur during evening hours.
- Work with colleagues to maintain and build on the Division on Addiction s social media presence, including weekly social media posting/engagement.
- Build online training courses and companion materials.
- Contribute to the development of grant proposals for capacity building and outreach activities.
- Work with capacity building specialists at the Division to create and execute a long term plan to expand the Division s capacity building activities for special projects, including but not limited to: The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS), Gambling Disorder Screening Day, Expressions of Addiction, Toward Evidence-based Action and Community Health (TEACH), and CHARGE (Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion).
- Create and implement new outreach and professional development initiatives.
- Work with capacity building specialists at the Division to create and execute long-term plans to increase awareness of addiction-related public health issues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- Work with capacity building specialists at the Division to develop a state-wide coalition of organizations representing a continuum of addiction-related services in New England.
- Event planning, design, and production
- Host webinars and trainings (digital and face-to-face)
Project administration in collaboration with Division administrative staff
- Write research summaries for The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (The BASIS) research blog
This job requires up to 50% travel (New England). A driver's license and access to a vehicle on a consistent basis is required as some work sites are not accessible via public transportation.
- One to two (1-2) years experience in community public health outreach/training
- Strong background in public health
- Must have experience and interest in health equity and discrimination
- Grant writing experience a plus
- Social media and website management a plus