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Cancer and Diabetes Prevention Specialist

Category:

Community Outreach

Department:

Community Outreach

Description:

Minimum Entry Level Qualifications

Experience and/or level of competency:

AmeriCorps VISTA Requirements:

  1. Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
  2. Pass a national service criminal history check
  3. Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.

VVRMC Requirements:

  1. Personal vehicle required
  2. Experience with teaching, recruitment, fundraising/grant writing, communications, community organizing, and/or public speaking preferred.
  3. Familiarity with diabetes and cancer-related prevention information and methods preferred.

Academic Preparation:

  1. College Graduate
  2. English/Spanish bilingual preferred

Job Summary:

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. Spend one year serving full-time and make a difference. Whether in your hometown or across the country, this is a unique opportunity to improve your life and the lives of fellow Americans by building capacity, strengthening communities, and developing your career.

To ensure the residents of Val Verde County receive the educational, social and emotional support they need to break the cycle of poverty, the AmeriCorps VISTA project will build the capacity of VVRMC by developing or strengthening community partnerships focused on cancer and diabetes prevention, assessing the current health landscape of Val Verde County with respect to each health issue, and developing educational programs to be delivered to each target audience. It will also increase the capacity of the VVRMC HOPE Cancer Resource Room (HCRR) to create a sustainable pool of donors and volunteers, and provide increased support to the community via ongoing cancer support groups.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a coalition focused on diabetes/nutrition outreach and education
    • Contact local organizations with similar focus to explore opportunities for strengthening current partnerships or developing new partnerships.
    • Research history of any current partnerships and redevelop structure and goals for future collaboration.
    • Develop policies and procedures to guide the development and sustainability of the coalition.
  2. Conduct community health needs assessment to understand current landscape of cancer and diabetes in Val Verde County, gaps in services/resources, and opportunities for development.
    • Consult coalition members, health experts, and community members to develop a community health needs assessment including questions, sampling methodology, recruitment strategy & analysis plan.
    • Administer needs assessment questionnaire throughout community at pre-determined events and with relevant stakeholder audiences.
    • Create database to compile and analyze data.
    • Summarize findings and recommendations to be utilized for program and curriculum development.
  3. Develop outreach education programs for cancer and diabetes prevention
    • Establish distinct curricula for each topic in collaboration with respective coalitions/experts/target populations.
    • Develop, pilot and assess different recruitment techniques to determine the optimal strategy for recruiting target population participants.
    • Create evaluation tools to assess increases in knowledge, changes in behavior, and opportunities for improvement.
  4. Review current volunteer program in the HOPE Cancer Resource Room (HCRR) and develop volunteer outreach plan.
  5. Research history of fundraising/donation program in the HCRR and develop donor recruitment and fundraising plan
  6. Research history of support groups offered by the HCRR and successful models used in similar settings, and develop plan to offer support groups.

For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, program requirements, and FAQs, please visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista

For more information about the Cancer and Diabetes Prevention Specialist position and to apply, please visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=92413&fromSearch=true

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