UnityPoint Health

Health Education Specialist

Requisition ID
Education and Training - Non-Nursing
5215 N Knoxville Ave
51 UPH Proctor
Scheduled Hours/Shift
First Shift Monday-Friday and some weekends; Temporary Staff through January 31, 2022
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Health Education Specialist

Peoria Hult Center for Healthy Living

Full-time; Grant coordinator for the R3 grant; working primarily with Peoria Public School students, families and staff (in-person).


Health Education Specialists have a primary focus of planning and implementing public health education programs that will impact attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors to improve health. This position develops and implements best-practice strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Responsibilities also include assessing the needs, resources, and capacities of the community; conducting evaluation and research related to health promotion programs; administering and managing programs, including grant requirements and program budgets and expenses. Health Education Specialists serve as a health resource for the community and support the community in behavior change through promoting and advocating for public health. 


About UnityPoint Health:

Our team members are the compassionate core of who we are and how we serve. Every day we strive to live out our vision statement of “Best outcome every patient every time” through living out our FOCUS values of Foster Unity, Own the Moment, Champion Excellence, and Seize Opportunities.

At UnityPoint Health, we provide care in nine regions throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. As the nation’s fourth largest nondenominational health system in America, UnityPoint Health keeps people at the center of all we do. We are looking for dynamic and talented individuals to join our team. You'll find opportunities for every sized dream.


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Designs and executes specific and culturally-sensitive health education activities, including community-based classes and interventions, health fairs, screenings, etc. both on-site at the Hult Center and by traveling to service locations, as assigned that address the community’s most concerning health needs. 

  • Plans, implements, and evaluates programs to impact attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors for improved health using evidence-based and research-based curriculum as appropriate. 

  • Applies evidence-informed theories, models, and/or strategies to health promotion programs.  

  • Identifies, develops, delivers, and evaluates health communication messages using a variety of communication strategies, methods, and techniques. 

  • Provides expert consultation, assistance, and guidance to individuals, groups, and organizations. 

  • Serves as a health education resource person by maintaining a depth of knowledge and understanding of the following: current community health data through local community health assessments, services offered by local organizations and partners for appropriate referrals, opportunities to enhance and refine health promotion programs.  

  • Advocates for health, health equity, and health promotion by engaging stakeholders and leading advocacy initiatives related to health.  

  • Demonstrates effective public communication and presentation skills. 

  • Demonstrates effective classroom management, communication, and presentation skills. 

  • Manages student discipline in classroom settings. 

  • Communicates orally in a clear, concise manner, tailoring the message to the intended audience. 


Manages grant requirements as dictated by grantors. 

  • Serves as program coordinator over assigned grants/programs. 

  • Conducts, implements, and monitors strategic planning for assigned grants. 

  • Selects, adapts, or creates evaluation tools to collect data. 

  • Meets all grant reporting deadlines, benchmarks, and expectations. 

  • Collects, analyzes, interprets, and synthesizes assessment findings to identify community needs, improve health promotion programs, and communicate findings to priority populations, partners, and stakeholders. 

  • Manages program budget and expenses; assist in preparing program budgets. Monitor budget performance as it relates to assigned projects. 

  • Designs and implement marketing strategies to promote health promotion programs and funders. 

  • Maintains knowledge of multiple funding sources and the requirements set forth by these funding sources. 

  • Brings new grant and funding opportunities to the attention of the leadership team. 

  • Writes grant proposals for new and existing funding opportunities.  

  • Advocates for health, health equity, and health promotion by engaging stakeholders and leading advocacy initiatives related to health. This includes handling complaints about controversial topics (reproductive health, for example); meeting with superintendents, parent organizations, news & media representatives to clarify operations on their subject areas of expertise 


Establishes and maintains effective working relationships. 

  • Participates in year-round health education programming. 

  • Participates in monthly staff meetings. 

  • Participates in public relation and fundraising activities on behalf of the Center. 

  • Represents the interests of the Center with local school districts, United Way, community based agencies, and other professionals in the community. 

  • Represents the interests of the Center with local businesses and corporate partners in the community. 

  • Participates in professional associations, coalitions, and networks. 

  • Other duties as assigned.  

Basic UPH Performance Criteria           

  • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines. 

  • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance. 

  • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position. 

  • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare. 

  • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year. 

  • Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance. 




Bachelor’s Degree required. 

Community or Public Health or related field, and previous experience working with youth and adolescent populations preferred. 



Teaching experience and public speaking background preferred. 



Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License in the State of Illinois (required). 

Must possess and maintain auto insurance (required). 

Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) must be run annually (required). 

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) preferred. 


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