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STATUS:Temporary, Part Time
TITLE:Temporary Public Health Assistant
LOCATION:555 Towner
UNION AFFILIATION:Temporary Employee
Washtenaw County Health Department envisions a healthy community where every resident has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Washtenaw County Health Department is committed to working with community members and partners to address the factors that influence health, including employment, education, housing, neighborhood, public safety, food access, air and drinking water quality, and health care. Our work toward health equity and social justice will be guided by the following principles:
  • We value all people equally.
  • We promote the improvement of living conditions in which community members are born, grow, reside, work, play, learn, and age.
  • We strengthen partnerships with community members that aid in community empowerment through community capacity building, organizing, and mobilizing.
  • We name racism and other -isms as a barrier to health equity and social justice.
The Washtenaw County Health Department is seeking applications for a Public Health Assistant within our Community Health Promotion Division. This paid position will support community health promotion initiatives, often grant-funded or focused on specific public health issues, and requires basic understanding of public health practice and an ability to work with community members and partners. Health promotion initiatives aim to support health broadly through increased access to resources, policy or environmental change, as well as health education.
o This paid position will support education and outreach related to marijuana and is funded through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Cannabis Regulatory Agency. The selected assistant will actively support all aspects of the grant-funded work, including building community partnerships, gathering and analyzing community feedback, and developing and disseminating educational messages. The assistant will also help plan, facilitate, and attend virtual community webinars and in-person events for local health care providers and community members. Visit for additional information. o This position will be in-person and remote. Occasionally working non-traditional hours (Saturdays; early mornings and evenings) may be needed. Total number of hours for this position: up to 600. Desired start date: May. Desired end date: August.
  • Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • Contributes to implementation of organizational strategic plan
  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images)
  • Describes the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals and populations (e.g., language, culture, values, socioeconomic status, geography, education, race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, profession, religious affiliation, mental and physical abilities, historical experiences)
  • Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)
  • Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services
  • Adheres to organizational policies and procedures
  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice (e.g., Public Health Code of Ethics) into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities
The above statements are intended to provide general guiding competencies and are not an exhaustive list.
Essential Duties:

  • Interacting directly with program participants, community members and partners as well as Health Department staff (e.g. health care partners, community organizations, vendors, program staff, community health workers).
  • Planning and implementing educational initiatives and activities (including developing materials and resources) for a variety of settings and with diverse populations/audiences. This may include leading or organizing small group education or events and requires public speaking on relevant topics, such as nutrition, goal setting, substance abuse prevention, safe use of medications, or preventing disease or injury.
  • Identifying and implementing ways to engage participants and convey accurate, understandable health information in remote or in-person settings.
  • Working with stakeholders to develop and review accurate, appropriate, and responsive health materials and resources in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  • Reaching out to current and potential partners to continue or expand program activities.
  • Reviewing and summarizing current literature, research, policy, or legislation relevant to the program, such as evidence-based interventions that support health improvements among specific populations or state medical marijuana legislation.
  • Managing incoming phone calls, emails, or requests.
  • Supporting conference and event planning, including working with vendors and making purchases in accordance with County guidelines and procedures.
  • Helping create and maintain relevant health communication materials, including website information, health education materials, social media content and graphics, videos, and campaign content. This may include working effectively with available software and hardware to create or edit multimedia content for a variety of platforms.
  • Completing program objectives and activities based on grant requirements and/or the applicant's skills and interests, in consultation with department staff.
  • Utilizing current Countywide and/or department specific software to complete assignments. This may also include specific program reporting or evaluation, such as SPSS data entry and analysis or monitoring activities and outcomes according to grant requirements.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong interpersonal/communication (written/verbal) skills.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional, positive attitude and work ethic.
  • Communicate effectively with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills - including ease with public speaking.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English. Second or multiple languages a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at any time.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects, and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise, and effective written materials.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Strong technical skills including word processing, spreadsheet development and management, with an emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of Canva or similar platforms helpful.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, previous website editing, video editing, and/or communications/health education experience helpful.
  • Experience with behavior change theory or techniques, such as Motivational Interviewing (preferred).
Possession of valid Michigan Vehicle Operator's license or State issued identification card.
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a video display terminal (computer) screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
The employee must be mobile both in an office setting and in the field with the ability to stand, sit, stoop and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 30lbs without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works remotely, in the office, and at other work sites and regularly travels between work sites using a motor vehicle. Though applicable safety procedures are documented and utilized, the incumbent may be exposed to unsanitary or unhygienic materials, individuals and situations while performing required duties. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to moderate.
Active enrollment in a Bachelors or Masters Degree program or equivalent to the completion of two years of college with an emphasis on Public Health, Nutrition, Health Communications or a related field is strongly preferred.
Ten (10) months to one (1) year of customer service experience
Access to a vehicle may be required for some positions. This temporary position is full-time 37.5 hours per week for a term beginning spring through fall. Typical work hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Working non-traditional hours (Saturdays; early mornings or evenings) may be required.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


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