Policy Analyst - Environmental Health - Air Quality

Organization Summary

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education, advocacy and policy organization established in 1992 in response to the growing health and healthcare crisis. CHC is dedicated to social justice and equity in community and environmental resources for underserved communities. CHC has been on the cutting edge of public policy and program development, working to strengthen community participation and inform state and local policies that: (1) improve community health and education to achieve optimal health and healthy lifestyles; (2) ensure equitable access to quality healthcare services; (3) provide universal access to quality healthcare coverage and (4) eliminate health disparities. Our four policy and programmatic areas include Expansion & Quality of Healthcare Coverage, Access & Quality of Healthcare, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Environmental Health. Each area represents a unique opportunity to engage members of impacted communities in program and policy development through a wide variety of community interventions and strategies as well as representation and leadership through the coalitions and collaborations convened. The organization has evolved to have a state and national, policy focus to improve the health of under-served and marginalized communities.

Project Summary

The Environmental Health policy area at CHC works through local coalitions to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity in Los Angeles and California. Our specific objectives include, but are not limited to, the following policy priorities as they relate to low-income and disadvantaged communities: improved regulation and mitigation of local pollution sources; prioritization of vacant and underutilized land for the development of new green space, including parks and community gardens, through innovative partnerships and policies; streetscape improvements that encourage walking, biking, and active transportation; health-promoting land-use standards in community long-range planning documents; "healthy kids zones" around targeted schools; and multi-unit housing anti-smoking ordinances that don't result in unnecessarily harmful collateral consequences. This position will focus principally on air quality issues, including tobacco control.

Policy Analyst – Air Quality

The Policy Analyst for Air Quality in the Environmental Health policy area provides support in linking policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote disease prevention and the elimination of health disparities. The objectives of Environmental Health policy area include improved regulation and mitigation of local pollution sources; prioritization of vacant and underutilized land for the development of new green space, including parks and community gardens, through innovative partnerships and policies; streetscape improvements that encourage walking, biking, and active transportation; health-promoting land-use standards in community long-range planning documents; "healthy kids zones" around targeted schools; and multi-unit housing anti-smoking ordinances that don't result in unnecessarily harmful collateral consequences.

This position will focus principally on air quality issues, including tobacco control. Responsibilities include monitoring and providing updates and analysis of key policy issues at national, state, county and local levels; developing policy agenda and priorities as defined by community and coalition partners; writing policy reports, issue briefs, and comment letters; developing and implementing advocacy strategies inclusive of community stakeholders; regular communication and dissemination of policy topics; participating in the publication of CHC's monthly newsletter; and more.

Description of job duties and responsibilities

Policy development and advocacy

1.Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers

2.Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to environmental health issues including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models

  1. Develop and publish policy briefs
  2. Develop and publish white papers/issue briefs
  3. Convene policy work groups per coalition

Training and Education

1.Work with other staff and Policy Directors to provide planning and analysis for case study and other evaluation tools that documents process, successes/challenges, and lessons to share with other communities as well as project reporting

2.Conduct educational activities to build coalition advocacy capacity (some activities will be to assist the team)

3.Develop written community assessment reports

Policy Monitoring

1.Research, data collection, and analysis of relevant policies

  1. Monitoring and providing updates and analysis of relevant policy issues at national, state, county, and city levels

Government and public relations

1.Work with staff, coalition members and key stakeholders to research and analyze environmental health policies;

2.Work with other staff and Policy director to develop testimony and other input to local and state policy makers and stakeholders

3.Attend relevant meetings on environmental health and provide updates/input to help inform CHC advocacy strategy

4.Support other staff in co-facilitating meetings, preparing materials for community meetings and other responsibilities

Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse communities, stakeholders, researchers, and government
  • Experience working in underserved and minority communities, particularly the South LA region
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel throughout the local area and statewide
  • Comfortable acting as an individual contributor and are self-motivated to work independently
  • Highly organized

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in urban planning, public health, public policy, or other health-related field
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of community-based experience including familiarity with coalition or meeting facilitation and environmental health issues and/or community-based organizations
  • Knowledge of public health, policy development, and legislative processes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; familiarity with GIS and STATA a plus

How to apply

To be considered for employment with CHC, all applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and complete salary history (do not submit salary requirements) to HumanResources@chc-inc.org. When applying, please submit each item as a separate attachment using the following file name format: Last Name-First Name-Position Title-Document Title (e.g. Smith-John-Policy Analyst Environmental Health-Resume). Additionally, for best results with our automated application system, please use the following subject line format: "First Name Last Name – Position Title – Idealist Application."

Los Angeles, California
2013-11-30
Community Health Councils (CHC)
n/a
HumanResources@chc-inc.org

3731 Stocker Street, Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA, 90008, US
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