We’re Hiring: Health Policy Advocate
JOB TITLE: Health Policy Advocate
REPORTS TO: Associate Director
ANNUAL SALARY: $$20/hour – Full-time
Application: Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: August 31st, 2016.
Founded in 2001, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) aids, organizes and empowers Ventura County’s indigenous immigrant communities through improved access to health and community resources, community organizing and advocacy, education, direct assistance, cultural promotion, and Radio Indígena.
The Health Policy Advocate will be mainly responsible to work with Ventura County health care agencies, organization representatives, and with the indigenous community to a) improve health policies and health programs such as the self-pay discount and Global Payment Plan (GPP) that will increase the quality of health care access to the uninsured population in Ventura County b) increase awareness among indigenous immigrant families of the importance of enrolling uninsured children and adults in Medi-Cal and/or maintaining health coverage.
- Create and lead the Ventura County Health Advocacy Coalition to advocate for a well-structured health care system and better health care policies that respond to the health needs of the uninsured population in Ventura County.
- Work and maintain strong communication with VC health care stakeholders, other community based organizations, and members of the indigenous communities to set up the coalition’s goals.
- Maintain regular coalition meetings.
- Expand conversations with the power players of the main health care centers.
- Learn and understand the health care system in Ventura County (e.g Ventura County hospitals’ and clinics’ discount programs, as well as the charity care program). Understanding the Federal Qualified Health Centers, Department of Health Care Services, HCS, Federal Poverty Level.
- Work and communicate at the county level with VCHCA for improved safety net services for uninsured adults.
- Works closely with other non-profit leadership organizations to ensure a wide net of children are reached through outreach activities, and educate all partners to understand the language and culture of indigenous immigrants.
- Provide input into the development of health coverage outreach and enrollment materials and tools for education and community leaders.
- Disseminate health coverage materials and other communications through MICOP’s network (i.e. on social media platforms, MICOP’s website, paper and/or electronic newsletters).
- Event outreach at health fairs, the weekly Oxnard Farmer’s Market, area school events, monthly meeting, Radio Indigena, agriculture fields, community events, etc.
- Provide case management for individuals who wish to learn about their options for affordable health care.
- Oversee the team of promotores/as that will educate community about the county’s safety net and Medi-Cal enrollment through workshops.
- Plan and coordinate a Ventura County Indigenous Immigrant Health Care Roundtable twice a year.
- Participate and represent MICOP in statewide advocacy for immigrant health coverage as a voice for VC indigenous immigrants.
- Update Health Access guide regularly as policies change. Check in with different health care agencies to ensure information is up to date.
- Train a minimum of 15 promotores/as (ongoing trainings) to outreach to and inform the community about the Health Access guide.
- Coordinate outreach efforts for promotores/as to reach 1000 individuals annually.
- Communication activities will include: Radio (Spanish, Mixteco, Zapoteco), outreach flyers, news media.
- Advocacy and referral to safety net and discount programs for uninsured or underinsured adults.
- Coordinate and update questionnaires to be delivered to the community.
- Accurately track activities, success stories, outreach and event data.
- Generate monthly reports.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor degree or equivalent experience required.
- Commitment to MICOP’s mission.
- Must be able to inspire others to believe in a cause and to volunteer their time and effort to work towards it.
- Group facilitation skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
- Strong analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
- Must understand the government structures.
- Knowledge on how the political system works.
- Understands the Health Policy process.
- Must be able to work weekends and evenings and have reliable transportation.
- Strong computer skills needed.
- Bilingual Spanish-English skills required. Mixteco a plus.
LOCATION: MICOP central office