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Extension Associate (Healthy Homes Program Assistant)
LSU AgCenter


Date Posted Jul. 10, 2018
Title Extension Associate (Healthy Homes Program Assistant)
University LSU AgCenter
Department LaHouse
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
  • Baton Rouge, LA
    United States
 
  • Professional Staff
  • Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General
 
 
Extension Associate
(Healthy Homes Program Assistant)

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: LaHouse Resource Center, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Lead-safe, Healthy Home Education project is an educational outreach program of the LSU AgCenter Extension Service, through its LaHouse Resource Center in partnership with the Louisiana Dept. of Health (LDH), Office of Public Health (OPH), Louisiana Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program (LHHCLPPP). The ultimate goal for this collaborative program is to protect the health of Louisiana families and reduce childhood lead poisoning through lead-safe and healthy homes education. The objectives are to increase the number of young children screened for elevated lead in Louisiana; increase awareness and adoption of lead-safe and healthy home practices; and to strengthen collaborations and actions to reduce lead exposure, lead poisoning, asthma and other home-based health hazards among Louisiana children. The primary target audience is parents of young children, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations including families in poverty, Native American tribes and refugees. Secondary target audiences are pediatric health professionals (particularly WIC, Immunization Program, Maternal and Child Health and Medicaid providers), community health workers, childcare providers and other stakeholders and organizations that serve these audiences and share this project goal.

The Extension Healthy Home Program Assistant will work with the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center faculty, LHHCLPPP staff, regional Healthy Home Educators, the La. Healthy Homes Coalition and target organizations and professionals to facilitate collaborations, engagement and educational programs in order to: (a) expand lead screening and prevention actions to help reduce lead poisoning rates, and (b) foster healthy home environments. Specific Responsibilities:

Communication and collaboration: Work closely with Extension program specialists and LDH LHHCLPPP leadership on an ongoing basis to support program objectives. Facilitate program development, communications and collaborations through networking, logistical arrangements and participation in Louisiana Healthy Homes Coalition meetings. Work with program educators to foster relationships with Office of Public Health staff from programs such as WIC, Immunization, Maternal & Child Health, and Medicaid program. Work with LHHCLPPP to organize community mobilization “Chat and Chew” workshops on lead poisoning prevention in the assigned region.

Facilitate engagement of professionals and volunteers: Work with project team to promote engagement of healthcare providers, childcare providers and other project partners - to expand awareness and encourage them to educate their clients about lead hazards, lead-safe practices and other healthy home topics. Facilitate statewide distribution of relevant information resources, including the LDH Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Healthcare Provider and Parent Toolkit, lead awareness flyers, order forms and other materials provided by program leaders to healthcare and childcare providers. Make logistical arrangements and assist LaHouse faculty in promotions, preparations and implementation of training sessions, including Lead-safe Certified Renovator classes for contractors and lead/healthy home seminars for health care and child care professionals.

Educational outreach: Work with Healthy Home educators and collaborators in implementing educational outreach activities. Ensure that event details including communications, venue confirmation, materials distribution, exhibits and technology are arranged and set-up in an appropriate and timely manner. Supply Extension and LDH consumer education materials to Extension offices, health and childcare providers, and other consumer points of contact statewide and maintain dissemination records. Facilitate LaHouse Resource Center, LaHouse Mobile, website, social media and mass media educational outreach to expand lead and healthy home awareness.
Help promote and facilitate the Louisiana Lead Poisoning Prevention campaign and LDH LHHCLPP educational outreach events, including National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week awareness activities.

Reporting, Evaluation and Performance Measures: Compile information on program activities and prepare quarterly reports, including: meetings, canvassing activities, educational events, registration lists, audience types and numbers. Compile and report program audience evaluations. Summarize and report Chat and Chew community meeting and Coalition meeting outcomes. Implement the electronic Healthy Home Impact Survey in year 3 to program audiences and develop the summary report of results.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor degree. Degree or coursework in education, health/nursing, human science, communications, marketing or related field is preferred. Successful experience in communications, customer service, event planning and logistics, data management and report development is desirable. Expertise, education or keen interest in educational outreach and health. Good written and oral communication skills. Customer service skills. Strong organizational abilities and attention to detail.
Strong computer and Microsoft Office Suite competencies. Proactive problem-solving ability, initiative, ability to work independently and as part of team. Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism. A personal vehicle, valid Louisiana driver’s license and auto insurance are required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 23, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references. For more information contact:

Claudette Reichel
LaHouse
2858 Gourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge, La. 70820
Email: CReichel@agcenter.lsu.edu
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

 
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