Public Health Educator I

Deschutes County
May 12, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type


Deschutes County Health Services comprises 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community based settings.

This position is part of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Covid-19 Recovery Team. This dynamic team works with individuals, volunteers, other departments and community partners to strengthen resilience for public health emergencies and respond to continuing impacts of Covid-19 in our community.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.

This position is part of the Health Equity Engagement Team within the Covid-19 Recovery Team. T he Public Health Educator I will be responsible for equitably disseminating culturally appropriate information to community stakeholders and increasing access to health services by addressing social determinates of health. The Public Health Educator I will be someone who can share real-world experience and empathy,a nd who can cross cultural barriers to form partnerships. In the case of a public health emergency, these positions are expected to participate as members of the emergency response, as needed.

This position is located in Deschutes County and may be eligible for hybrid of in-office/remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support prevention of and recovery from COVID-19 by engaging community members, community organizations, and agencies, particularly serving vulnerable populations.
  • Serve as a bridge between communities, healthcare systems and public health to improve health equity.
  • Assist in developing equitable programs to implement emergency preparedness and response strategies.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Direct work with diverse populations.
  • Basic knowledge of health and social services available from local providers.
  • Basic process facilitation.
  • Tracking data.

Skill in:

  • Health communication and education.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the public, other employees, and community partners.
  • Making appropriate referrals consistent with identified needs.
  • Educating on public health principles and recommendations in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Motivational Interviewing and group facilitation.

*This job posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and functions.

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Review the full job description by clicking HERE.

$4,673.80 to $6,263.31 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.
Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This is a limited-duration employment position as defined by Deschutes County Code Chapter 3.08.010. The position has identified funding through June 30, 2024. Extending the position beyond June 30, 2024 will depend on a continued business need for the position and approval of additional funding. Should this occur, the County may at a later date extend the position end date or offer regular employment status to the incumbent in this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A ssociate's degree in a public health related field;
  • AND one (1) year of related experience;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Community Health Worker certification.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, or other language.
  • Lived experience within a vulnerable population in Central Oregon.

Necessary Special Requirements
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended..

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule when necessary, to meet client and department needs.

Driving is a requirement for this position. Must have dependable transportation and be able and willing to drive throughout Deschutes County in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Deschutes County will comply with the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Oregon Administrative Rule ( OAR 333-019-101 ) requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees working in a healthcare setting. It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent provide proof of vaccination status or request and be approved for an exemption based on legitimate medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs ( for detailed information on exceptions, please review section (4), (A) and (B) ) by October 18, 2021 or their date of hire, whichever is later. Deschutes County provides reasonable accommodation as required by applicable law, and those finalists seeking a reasonable accommodation from the vaccination requirement may submit a copy of the medical or religious exemption form as prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority in order to certify the reasons for requesting an exemption. There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates that progress to the final stage of the process.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: 5/24/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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