Position Summary

CAMC – Project Associate

Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) for the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement (KCCHI).

The Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement has been in existence since 1994 addressing health needs in Kanawha County.  Its mission is to identify health risks and coordinate resources to measurably improve the health of the people of Kanawha County. Its members include the county’s hospitals (CAMC, Thomas Health), behavioral health facility (Highland), federally qualified health center (FamilyCare), United Way, local health department, school system, faith-based partnership, business alliance (Charleston Area Alliance) and the State Bureau for Public Health.  In 2017 KCCHI became a member of the first cohort of communities from across the nation to engage in a Journey to Community Excellence. For years a framework for performance excellence, using the Baldrige Criteria, has existed for businesses and organizations. The Community Excellence Framework is intended to bring sustainable results to communities and those that live, work, and play within them across the key focus areas of community performance (health status, educational attainment, safety, and economic vitality). KCCHI just began its second year working towards Community Excellence Recognition 

As Project Associate at The Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement, a typical day might include the following:

  • Research (local, state and national) to assist with community assessment and strategic planning
  • Help prepare for/attend KCCHI leadership meetings
  • Conduct focus groups in the community
  • Conduct interviews (by phone and in-person) with key community leaders
  • Coordinate scheduling for nursing students who will be assisting with Community Assessment
  • Assist KCCHI Executive Director with carrying out the organization’s work towards achieving Communities of Excellence (COE) recognition:

This includes participating in strategic planning sessions with Community Leaders, participating on Communities of Excellence webinars, and assisting KCCHI’s Executive Director and Steering Committee with required COE assignments and documentation.

  • Prepare/send E-mail correspondence/make phone calls as needed
  • Record and disseminate meeting notes

This job might be a good fit for you if:

  • You enjoy organizational strategic planning and community development
  • You enjoy conducting research
  • You are detail oriented, but can also see the “big picture” when working on projects
  • You appreciate and welcome the opinions of others
  • You enjoy speaking with people from all walks of life about issues that are important to them
  • You enjoy bringing together diverse people/groups and facilitating conversations that address shared challenges and solve problems
  • You can multi-task and manage your time well
  • You don’t get easily distracted
  • You communicate clearly. You write well. You speak eloquently.

To land this gig, you need to have experience in:

  • Strategic planning
  • Research / Statistics
  • Community development
  • Quality improvement

And have the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communicating/Listening
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Collaboration
  • Mediation

We are looking for the following kinds of background/experience:

  • Public health or community development background preferred
  • Experience in:
    • Conducting assessments
    • Community engagement and mobilization
    • Planning
    • Evaluation and measurement (process and outcomes)