PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
The Public Health Professional promotes individual and population health by developing and implementing health promotion and education initiatives and health behavior-change programs in a variety of settings for the diverse populations represented in Sheboygan County. These have a focus on strengthening community-based partnerships involving multiple public and private organizations and agencies to address the identified community health priorities in Sheboygan County. The Public Health Professional provides public health services to individuals, families, and population groups. Actions are directed toward the goals of prevention, assessment, risk reduction, and health status improvement for individuals, families and communities. Activities include, but are not limited to, systematic analysis of health data, care plan development, health education and advocacy, coalition building, and collaborating with community partners to promote the health of a population. Public Health Professionals often collaborate and consult within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams in order to achieve desirable outcomes.
Under general supervision and/or as part of various workgroups and teams, the Public Health Professional performs the following essential functions within the framework of the core functions and essential services of public health:
- Performs comprehensive individual and family assessments which include health history, physical assessment, growth monitoring, developmental assessment, psycho-social assessment, assessment of family functioning, assessment for substance abuse or domestic violence issues, and assessment of basic needs including food, housing, income, resources and supports, and access to health care.
- Assists with the development and implementation of multiple strategies, initiatives and activities that promote health and prevent disease, in settings including, but not limited to all designated homes, community organizations and businesses, schools, and the community in general.
- Provides care coordination, referral and follow-up to individuals and families who are members of a vulnerable population and/or high-risk groups. Evaluates outcomes, effectiveness of plans, and makes changes as necessary.
- Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies that address established community health improvement priorities in partnership with public and private organizations.
- Participates in response teams to prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases; food, water, and vector-borne outbreaks; chronic diseases, environmental hazards, injuries, and health disparities.
- Researches and retrieves information regarding evidence-based health promotion and health education initiatives, programs and activities from a variety of text and electronic resources.
- Design and conduct health educational programs for the Division, community organizations, members of the general public and other professionals, that is culturally appropriate and educationally sound.
Community Dimensions of Practice
- Collaborates in Sheboygan County Division of Public Health's community health assessment and health improvement planning and intervention activities, acting as a liaison with other community agencies and professionals in efforts to address community health priorities.
- Assists in the development and coordination of community and agency partnerships, initiatives, programs and events to address identified community health priorities and improve population health; develop and implement processes to ensure public involvement and input.
- Participates in the analysis of data to identify trends, health problems, environmental health hazards, and social and economic conditions that adversely affect the public’s health.
- Participates in Sheboygan County Division of Public Health’s community health assessment and health improvement planning and intervention activities.
- Demonstrates knowledge regarding and compliant with applicable professional practice guidelines and any other Federal and State laws and regulations applicable to practice as a public health professional.
- Responsible for using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of the respective public health program. This includes, but is not limited to: creating. Implementing, and evaluating performance standards and identifying, implementing, and assessing program quality improvement processes.
- Collaborates in the development of evidence-based public health nursing practices and programs with universities, other nursing agencies, businesses, trade associations, other staff and the public.
- Assist in developing and implementing a community involvement process that assures the informational exchange necessary to provide Public Health’s input into appropriate plans and policies; identify potential barriers to new policy development and implementation.
- Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand health promotion and disease prevention information, local environmental public health policies, regulations and code, utilizing appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
- Contributes to the development and preparation of proposals for funding from external resources for health promotion and disease prevention initiatives and programs.
- Participates in developing resources for health promotion and disease prevention initiatives and activities through assessment and analysis including cost-benefit, cost effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses.
- Performs public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with training provided, in response to threats to the public’s health consistent with job classification.
- Performs other duties as assigned consistent with job classification.
Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, public administration, health promotion/education, social work or other closely related degree. Master’s degree preferred. Three (3) years of public health/community development experience. National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200 certification within six (6) months of employment. National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 300 and 400 certification within six (6) months of employment. Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, current certificate of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable transportation to all assigned work locations. Due to the need for all Division of Public Health personnel to respond to public health emergencies, the employee must be assessed for his/her ability to meet the physical demands of performing the following activities: Must be able to be fitted and wear appropriate respiratory protection. Engage in the following movements: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling and writing and repetitive motions. Exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone. Visual ability must be sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen and drive a car. If unable to demonstrate these abilities based upon a standardized, objective assessment performed by external occupational health professionals, all reasonable accommodations will be made, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and any other applicable Federal and Wisconsin law.
Reports to Health & Human Services Manager. Works with Public Health Professionals (Nutritionists, Sanitarians, Public Health Educator, Public Health Nurses), Human Services Assistants (Public Health Aide, Public Health Technician, WIC Assistant). Frequent contact with co-workers, consumers, members of the public, and representatives of other agencies.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
General office setting in Division of Public Health facilities, as well as community sites including clients’ homes and workplaces. Work performed in the community is sometimes subject to conditions that range from inclement weather to dangerous conditions such as snow/ice, cold, heat, noise, wetness/humidity, vibration, sudden temperature changes, and poor illumination at the job site or due to travel on the job. Travel to and from field locations may subject worker to increased risk of driving hazards. Community locations may subject worker to communicable diseases, insects and other disease vectors, toxins, hazardous materials, chemicals and animals. In all settings, employees in this classification may occasionally need to relate to members of the public who exhibit challenging, atypical or hostile behaviors and/or communication. Risk of blood-borne pathogen exposure is considered medium.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Saturday, December 15th, 2018.