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Health Promotions Specialist, South San Francisco, CA

Health Plan of San Mateo


South San Francisco, CA

April 1, 2019


The Health Plan of San Mateo (HPSM), a managed care health plan, seeks a full time Health Promotions Specialist to Develop, recommend and implement health promotion and multicultural health care activities to improve the health of HPSM members; lead projects aimed at improving health outcomes of HPSM members; develop and support both internal and external assessment, develop training and materials to address the cultural and linguistic needs of HPSM members; and support quality improvement activities. Works on the organization’s business objectives and regulatory requirements for National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation, State, and Federal agencies related to health education, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and Wellness & Prevention programs.

The essential duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate health education and CLAS programs.
  • Assess member and provider health education and cultural and linguistic needs to establish priorities and appropriate levels of intervention for specific health issues and target populations.
  • Perform periodic assessments to identify member needs including disparities analyses
  • Identify and evaluate health promotion resources and materials aimed at improving health status or outcomes available to HPSM members. Including hospital-based health promotion classes/programs and member health promotion materials.
  • Develop health promotion materials for members, including the development and editing articles for the member newsletter. Ensure that materials developed are at the appropriate literacy level and that they are available in any required or needed languages.
  • Maintain health education/community resource class schedule and disseminate to internal HPSM departments and provider network.
  • Analyzes and interprets data including conducting health disparities analyses and recommends solutions to improve access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and education.
  • Monitors and updates health education and CLAS policies and program descriptions annually as well as prepare health education and cultural and linguistic work plan annually.
  • Ensure HPSM successfully accomplishes activities outlined in the CLAS Program Description and annual CLAS work plan.
  • Complete annual required reporting on HPSM’s cultural and linguistic program and Group Needs Assessments.
  • Lead interdepartmental CLAS Committee that provides oversight and guidance to the CLAS program and ongoing activities.
  • Work closely with Quality Improvement staff and other business owners to ensure cultural and linguistic considerations are embedded in all member facing health promotion activities and initiatives.
  • Act as liaison with the community and other community-based organizations and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts with other health education staff and cultural and linguistic services staff in related agencies (e.g., COHS, Local Initiatives, County health departments, etc.);
  • Work with public and private providers in developing and implementing integrated health education and treatment plan compliance programs;
  • Identify priority health problems HPSM’s member population and coordinates with existing community resources and programs, or assists in development of new programs; and
  • Participate in internal and external meetings, collaboratives and coalitions related to quality improvement projects and other health education and/or cultural and linguistic related projects
  • Assist members in accessing appropriate health education activities in the community.
  • Coordinate planning of cultural awareness and linguistic services trainings for HPSM staff and provider network.
  • Ensure the delivery of health promotion programs. Conduct targeted outreach to promote participation by members, including use of activities such as focus groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a specialization in health education or health promotion, from a program of study accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, sanctioned by the American Public Health Association.
  • MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist) awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Three (3) years’ experience working with culturally diverse populations

Knowledge of:

Personal computers and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Principles and methods of health education, health promotion and health behavior theories.
Health literacy principles and its potential impact on health outcomes. Effective teaching methods and curriculum materials. Program/intervention planning methodology. Health education program evaluation methodologies.

Ability to:

Work cooperatively with others. Work as part of a team and support team decisions. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Adapt to changes in requirements/priorities for daily and specialized task. Develop low-literacy health education materials and health care provider materials. Adapt the presentation of material to the group addressed and the media used. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with others.
Function effectively as a team player. Make group presentations. Facilitate workgroup meetings.
Utilize project management skills to manage multiple projects.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting Compensation Range: - Depending on Experience

Other: Bilingual proficiency highly preferred.
Must have own car or reliable transportation, unrestricted California driver’s license and automobile liability insurance in conformity with California state law minimums and acceptable to HPSM. Must be willing to travel in/to San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties (primarily)

Benefits Information: Excellent benefits package offered, including HPSM paid premiums for employee’s Medical, Dental and Vision coverage. Employee pays a small portion of the dependent premiums (5%) for medical and dental benefits. Additional HPSM benefits include fully paid life, AD&D, and LTD insurance; retirement plan (HPSM contributes equivalent of 10% of annual compensation); holiday and vacation pay; tuition reimbursement plan; onsite fitness center and more.

How to Apply

Application Process: To apply, submit a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to: Health Plan of San Mateo, Human Resources Department, 801 Gateway Blvd., Suite 100, South San Francisco, CA 94080 or via email: or via fax: (650) 616-8039. File by: Continuous until filled. The Health Plan of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages minority candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Submissions without a Cover Letter and Salary Expectations may not be considered.

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