Under general supervision, to assist and participate in all phases of community and/or patient health and nutrition education programs including planning and evaluation and to do other work as required.
Incumbents of positions in this class assist in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health education programs, within a major functional area of the Department of Health. This class differs from the Health Education Assistant I in that the latter is an entry-level class in which incumbents receive training in the principles, methods and techniques of community health and nutrition education including program planning and evaluation.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
• Determines community health and/or patient education needs and participates in the planning, development, and evaluation of required programs.
• Assist in developing and maintaining coalitions, advisory councils and other partnerships by identifying and contacting community resources and leaders to gain their cooperation and encourage participation in assessing community health needs, implementing community educational efforts, and promoting positive health practices.
• Assists in the planning of and participates in workshops, seminars, and discussion groups to promote health and health education programs; assists in the orientation of departmental and other County department staff participating in health education programs in the areas of program objectives and methods.
• Organizes and conducts educational sessions on various health and nutrition topics and on the objectives and services of the Department of Health or Hospital for schools, community groups and agencies.
• Prepares bulletins, periodic reports and educational materials; prepares new releases and special features on assigned health topics; maintains and utilizes a list of media contacts.
• Prepares exhibits, posters, and displays of presentation at meeting, conferences, clinics and public gatherings; assists community groups in the organization and development of various community health education projects.
• Assist in preparation and modification of appointment schedules and patient/participant flow.
• Provide health and nutrition education to individuals based on assessed needs.
Education: Graduation from a recognized college with a Bachelor's Degree and a major in Community Health Education; A major is considered to include completion of at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of upper division coursework in a community health education curriculum. You must have either an Associate's degree or the required Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition
Experience: One year of experience as a Health Education Assistant I with the County of Riverside.
Knowledge of: Health education principles, methods, and techniques including the preparation of educational materials and the means of disseminating educational information to the public through mass media; community resources and their functions; techniques of collecting and compiling data pertinent to health education program planning and evaluation; common health problems of target groups in the community, their causes and prevention; group dynamics and human behavior.
Ability to: Prepare public educational materials such as pamphlets, posters, display, and exhibits; present ideas accurately, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver effective oral presentations before public and professional groups; organize and conduct meetings, training forums, and seminars; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of community agencies, organizations, and individuals.