Policy Analyst, Environmental Health – Los Angeles, CA
Organization: Community Health Councils, Inc.
Position Title: Policy Analyst, Environmental Health
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Salary is dependent on experience.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2013.
Posted On: March 26, 2013.
Community Health Councils, Inc. (CHC, Inc.), is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to and the quality of health care for uninsured, underinsured, and under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and California. Our work is founded upon coalition-building, community partnership, and collaboration across multiple sectors.
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 related 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 environmental and public health policy.
The policy analyst provides support in linking policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote disease prevention and the elimination of health disparities. Responsibilities include monitoring and providing updates and analysis of key policy issues at national, state, county and local levels; developing the project’s annual policy agenda and priorities as defined by community and coalition partners; writing policy briefs, issue papers, and policy 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.
- Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers;
- Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to environmental health issues including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models;
- Work with staff, coalition members and key stakeholders to research and analyze environmental health policies;
- Develop written community assessment reports;
- Work with other staff and Policy Director 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;
- Support other staff in co-facilitating meetings, preparing materials for community meetings and other responsibilities;
- Attend relevant meetings on environmental health and provide updates/input to help inform CHC Environmental Health advocacy strategy;
- Work with other staff and Project director to develop testimony and other input to local and state policy makers and stakeholders.
- Master’s degree in urban planning, public health, public policy, or other environmental 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;
- 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;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Highly organized;
- 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”.
Community Health Councils, Inc, http://www.chc-inc.org
3731 Stocker Street, #201, Los Angeles, CA 90008