Tobacco Prevention Advocate

­­*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to decrease rates of tobacco use. *** 

Despite the success of tobacco policy nationally and locally, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County experiences a disproportionately high adult smoking rate, 25%, compared to Kansas at 18%. This high smoking rate, in part due to predatory targeting of poor and minority communities by the tobacco industry, is a leading contributor to the county’s low health rankings. This position will work on tobacco prevention advocacy as outlined below, in conjunction with the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team and a newly created youth tobacco advocacy coalition. It is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 
- Research youth tobacco coalition structures and programming

- Assist in writing grant application to support youth tobacco coalition activities

- Establish and facilitate youth tobacco prevention advocacy coalition, including recruitment and supporting youth in tobacco policy advocacy. Possible advocacy issues include tobacco-free parks, Tobacco 21 implementation, and more.

- Work with housing stakeholders to increase smoke-free apartment policies to protect families from secondhand smoke.


QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor's degree
Experience working with groups of middle school or high school aged youth
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal skills
Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County

HOURS
Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

PAY & BENEFITS
VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500.

Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student-loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte, ATTN: Rebecca Garza, 619 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail to rgarza@wycokck.org 

 

Health Equity Mobilizer 

*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to decrease fetal and infant mortality rates. *** 

Wyandotte County, Kansas, part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, is a high poverty community that holds 5% of the population of the State of Kansas but 10% of its uninsured. Endemic poverty and lack of insurance/access to care have contributed to the county’s high infant mortality rate. This health burden disproportionately affects communities of color who make up the majority of the county’s population. The Wyandotte County Health Department, as a part of a county-wide initiative called Healthy Communities Wyandotte, has recently formed a Community Action Team with the purpose of reducing infant mortality. It is part of a larger effort championed by Mayor Mark Holland to reduce health disparities and improve our County Health Rankings. The Community Action Team began in mid-2015, and is engaged in a continual planning and community engagement period. In the near future the Team will be engaged in network-building, data gathering, community advocacy, and implementing specific interventions to reduce infant mortality. Another staff is needed to serve in the Wyandotte County Health Department to assist with the “nuts and bolts” coalition-building work that makes collective action successful. The team is moving quickly and has already engaged the State of Kansas to ensure that low-income pregnant mothers have timely access to Medicaid. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with interests in the areas of public health, community health, maternal and child health, or health disparities.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES 
- Recruit culturally diverse members to the coalition

- Map community assets

- Help create action plans

- Generate resources

- Work with partners to enact evidence-based strategies to reduce infant mortality (i.e. safe sleep campaigns, etc.)


QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor's degree
Experience working with groups of middle school or high school aged youth
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal skills
Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County

HOURS
Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

PAY & BENEFITS
VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500.

Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student-loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte, ATTN: Alyssa Carodine, 619 Ann Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail to acarodine@wycokck.org