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Coordinator - Oral Health Advocacy for Children and Pregnancy

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Maternal and Child Health Access


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April 1, 2021

Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) seeks individual for a project to conduct oral health policy analysis and advocacy for low income communities. The work includes direct service assistance, policy development and advocacy to improve oral health access and access to quality reproductive and prenatal care and delivery in LA County and statewide.

The Oral Health Advocate provides policy research, development of support materials, and other activities as needed to advance MCHA's oral health and community public policy agenda.

Participates in coalition efforts and other collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance MCHA's public policy priorities.

The Coordinator will establish and address the availability of quality dental and prenatal care, and seek policy remedies to expand both the utilization of this care and the target population's knowledge of their rights to this care. This project takes a particular focus on access issues for pregnant people and children, with the aim of increasing all low-income people's success in utilization of preventive and therapeutic dental health services. In addition, the position assists directly with pregnant clients and others seeking dental care and accepts calls for technical assistance from service agencies attempting to assist their clients. The long-term outcome is to help reduce the disease burden of dental disease in pregnancy, help reduce premature births and poor birth outcomes, and improve the dental health of young children.

Research shows a link between gum disease during pregnancy, premature deliveries and low birth-weight newborns and indicates that routine dental cleanings and treatment to halt gum disease may help avoid these outcomes. MCHA wants to ensure that dentists, clinics, OBs and social service agencies that work in maternal and child health are aware of the benefits of and rights to dental care for that population. The project is grant funded, but has been a part of MCHA’s work since 2001.

This work will be conducted at home on a temporary basis. MCHA anticipates return to worksite sometime late spring/early summer in a graduated fashion that may mix work-at-home with in-office.

Maternal and Child Health Access

Since 1996, Maternal and Child Health Access, a community-based organization with a strong history of health education and advocacy in Los Angeles, has provided education and training on issues of access to care, particularly for low-income pregnant people and families, to community agencies and directly to

Medi-Cal and other program recipients. MCHA maintains two programs for pregnancy and parenting in downtown Los Angeles and an outreach and enrollment program for individuals and families needing health coverage or services, produces materials for use by clinics and agencies, offers technical assistance, advocates for individuals and develops policy analysis on issues that affect the health and well-being of women and other pregnant people and families.

The position

The Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director, MCHA’s policy consultant, direct service and policy staff at MCHA and with our oral health partners at policy and Los Angeles County service organizations county and statewide.

Proposed activities include, but are not limited to:

 Analysis of the resources and needs for dental care during pregnancy and for young children, including provider acceptance and availability, and utilization of dental services in Medi-Cal and other coverage programs and service providers; identification of the policy barriers to improved oral health access.

 With our partners, identify gaps in oral health for pregnancy through experiences with clients, convenings, meetings, and educational materials; work with policymakers, providers, stakeholders and advocates on activities such as meetings and conferences emphasizing the importance of oral health access and our findings on methods to improve it.

 Conduct provider outreach and education to improve the inclusion of oral health in prenatal protocols.

 Provide information on dental benefits to organizations and provider groups, including distribution of materials in various “threshold” languages in Los Angeles and working with those groups seeking to improve language access on state and county websites and forms

 Conduct presentations to organizations and provider groups and develop for use with MCHA’s beneficiary groups as determined for the workplan

 Monitor local, state and federal policies, legislation and budget issues affecting oral health

 Provide Technical Assistance on oral health access by phone and e-mail to clients, providers, others

Qualifications and Required Experience

 Applicants with the required experience will provide a sample of their writing related to public health policy and advocacy for low income communities.

 College graduate or equivalent experience

 Focus of experience and background in public health policy and advocacy.

 At least two years’ experience working with issues affecting L.A. County low-income populations, including oral health programs for women and children

 Experience developing materials advancing community public policy agenda.  Participation in coalition efforts and other collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance public policy priorities.

 Bilingual, English-Spanish helpful but not required

 Proficiency in Medi-Cal coverage issues; experience with dental and prenatal programs for low- income communities

 able to speak comfortably to both large and small groups

 E-mail and Internet proficient

 Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a busy environment

 Detail-oriented, dependable, responsible, organized and able to prioritize assignments

 Excellent writing and communication skills

 Some travel – local and to Sacramento - may be required when travel is again possible or needed.

 Only candidates meeting the above requirements will be considered.

 Post hire Background check required

 California Driver's License

Hours: The position is flexible, 80-100% time

MCHA offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and generous paid time off. Paid Parking

Application deadline: until filled.

MCHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) seeks individual for a project to conduct oral health policy analysis and advocacy for low income communities. The work includes direct service assistance, policy development and advocacy to…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Hours: The position is flexible, 80-100% time

comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and generous paid time off. Paid Parking

Hours: The position is flexible, 80-100% time

comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and generous paid time off. Paid Parking

Level of Language Proficiency

English required - fluent in Spanish a plus

English required - fluent in Spanish a plus

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
1111 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Qualified candidates are asked to send a cover letter and resume to  lisap@mchaccess.org


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