Policy and Equity Coordinator – Health Department

Application Deadline: 2022-08-15
Job Type: County
Job Description:


Lead and coordinate department efforts in review and analysis of existing public policies and development of new policies and plans to support individual and community health efforts. Engage community leaders and policy makers to educate and promote the concept of health in all policies. Lead and coordinate department efforts in the inclusion of a health equity focus internally, within county government, and externally to help assure that health outcomes in Winnebago County are not determined by race, class, gender, income or other group status. The Public Health Policy and Equity Coordinator is a member of the Department Leadership Team that helps ensure the efficient use of resources to address the priority health needs of our community.


1. Develops, recommends, reviews, updates, promotes and analyzes public policies, procedures and plans to support health in all policies and places to advance equity in individual and community health. Translates complex policy and analysis into actionable objectives for staff and partner agencies.
2. Develops and sustains organizational partnerships and community-wide engagement toward collaborative efforts to improve health and the upstream determinants of health by advancing equity and health in all policies.
3. Leads internal policy and equity teams, assures staff and community partner development related to public health policy and equity issues, and communicates policy and equity needs to a diverse audience.


1. Plans, coordinates, and facilitates internal departmental policy and equity teams.
2. Assists in integrating policy and equity into divisional and departmental planning to assure active involvement of staff and coordination of community stakeholder engagement.
3. Develops staff competencies in public policy and health equity knowledge, skills, and application.
4. Researches and identifies impacts of potential plans and policies related to social and institutional inequities; physical, social, service, economic and work environments; and other issues affecting the community including but not limited to land use, built environment, transportation, poverty, education, health disparities, and healthcare access.
5. Analyzes, interprets, and explains the health impacts of policies, proposals, and plans.
6. Contributes to the development and preparation of applications for funding from external sources for policy and equity initiatives and programs.
7. Consults with other staff and community partners to develop their skills in equity inclusion which may include applications for funding and other collaborative opportunities.
8. Collaborates with community stakeholders, including other public health professionals, in the development of local, regional and statewide strategies to advance health equity and policies that promote health.
9. Builds and maintains relationships with other municipal staff, leaders, key community
10. stakeholders, and decision-makers to advance shared equity and health in all policies objectives.
11. Collects, analyzes, summarizes, and develops written reports and visual presentations of equity and policy data and trends.
12. Participates in the development and update of community health report cards, community health assessments, and community health improvement plans.
13. Presents public health information to local, state, and national public health officials and groups.
14. Build and maintain good working relationships with diverse populations and community agencies and municipalities and provide services in a culturally sensitive manner.
15. Participate in improving agency performance, processes, programs, and interventions through continuous quality improvement.
16. Report to work as called upon in 24/7 in a public health crisis or emergency and perform public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with training provided.
17. Adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, such as those concerning exposure to blood borne pathogens, toxic substances, airborne pathogens or exposure to other hazards during routine assignments or assignments during public health crisis or emergency.
18. Participate in public health emergency response training and drills.
19. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


1. Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Health Education, Public Health Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field plus three years professional work experience within a public health setting OR equivalent combination of closely related education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skill, and abilities that include significant experience in public policy and equity work.
2. Familiarity of the local community preferred.


Deadline Note: Recruitment will be ongoing

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