ORAL HEALTH ORGANIZER
Founded in 1985, Health Care For All (HCFA) is one of the most important state-based consumer health advocacy organizations in the country. Our mission is to promote health justice in Massachusetts by working to reduce disparities and ensure coverage and access for all.
HCFA works to expand health care access and control costs in Massachusetts through its sponsorship of numerous policy advocacy coalitions. These coalitions bring together a wide variety of organizations to work in concert to make health care changes. By uniting diverse constituencies, HCFA is able to magnify its policy reach on many fronts. HCFA also helps thousands of individuals and families enroll in and renew their health coverage each year through our consumer assistance HelpLine. We use the health care access barriers that HelpLine callers report to inform our state-level health advocacy agenda.
The organization’s achievements include leading four waves of broad Massachusetts health reform, including legislation in 2006 that was the precursor for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The latest legislation in 2012 resulted in the nation’s first comprehensive law aimed at controlling health care cost growth through adoption of alternative payment methodologies, care coordination, and investments in technology, wellness and prevention. Today, access to health care for the people of Massachusetts is under attack as the Federal Administration leads attempts to decimate the ACA, Medicaid and other health benefits. Health Care For All is, once again, leading the campaigns necessary to defend the progress we have made in health care access, quality and affordability.
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HCFA’s office is centrally located in downtown Boston. This position will include daily and/or weekly travel outside of the office to surrounding communities and towns depending on the relevant work.
For many years, HCFA has worked on issues related to oral health through its coalition called the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce (OHAT). Some of the priority areas for OHAT have included community water fluoridation, public awareness about the importance of oral health, and access to comprehensive dental care for everyone. HCFA is now seeking an Oral Health Organizer to support its overall oral health policy portfolio by organizing and engaging a statewide coalition of consumer advocates, health care professionals, academics and insurers to promote oral health through policy advocacy and grassroots organizing. This position is part of OHAT’s Oral Health Integration Project which promotes the health of all Massachusetts residents by building a broad-based coalition advocating for the which aims to integrate dental and medical care. The Oral Health Organizer is also critical to HCFA’s campaign to authorize dental therapists in Massachusetts; new providers that would deliver basic but important dental services to underserved populations throughout the state that are currently suffering from a lack of access to proper dental care.
The Oral Health Organizer reports to the Oral Health Program Director.
§ Activate, convene and expand an existing statewide coalition of consumer advocates, health care professionals, academics, and insurers to promote oral health through policy advocacy and grassroots organizing
§ Onboard new organizations and/or members to OHAT
§ Educate diverse communities about oral health and provide them with advocacy knowledge, resources and other tools
§ Identify and organize opportunities/events for community engagement on HCFA oral health priorities
§ Prepare and deliver presentations for community groups with a focus on social justice and health equity
§ Manage coalition member lists to maintain ongoing communication and engagement
§ Provide logistical support for OHAT activities including steering committee meetings, calls, full coalition and legislative meetings
§ Monitor stakeholder activity and propose strategies for ongoing engagement
§ Participate in coalition meetings and be prepared to share community-based perspectives
§ Partner with the Oral Health Project Director to participate in local and national conferences
§ Support HCFA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy plan and public communications strategies for oral health integration efforts
§ Collect and record consumer stories about oral health that can be helpful to campaigns and to the media.
§ Provide grant and report writing support to meet project goals and timelines
§ Collaborate with HCFA Communications Director to manage OHAT social media presence
§ Other duties, as assigned
§ Commitment to social justice and experience in social change activism such as outreach work, community organizing, campaigns, working with coalitions, and/or policy/political advocacy;
§ Well organized and strategic with the ability to manage multiple priorities with poise and professionalism;
§ Ability to write and converse proficiently in English; knowledge of and/or ability to speak or understand Spanish and/or other languages is highly preferred;
§ Familiarity with public health insurance programs, policy and the health care environment in Massachusetts is a plus, but not required;
§ 2+ years of health care or community outreach and/or organizing experience required;
§ Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a clear, culturally competent and understandable manner;
§ Strong public speaking skills, both in front of large groups and on an individual basis;
§ Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
§ Ability to work well with diverse groups, particularly direct experience with low-income and immigrant population;
§ Ability to register with the Lobbyist Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
§ Generous paid time off policy
§ Robust benefits package
§ Convenient downtown Boston location
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Oral Health Organizer” in the subject line.
Health Care For All is an equal opportunity employer with a demonstrated commitment to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. Persons of color, persons with multilingual abilities, women, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. www.hcfama.org