University of Washington School of Public Health
Master Home Environmentalist AmeriCorps Member - American Lung Association
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: June 4, 2018
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. For more than 110 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.
We are currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps member to support our Master Home Environmentalist (MHE) program in Seattle!
This position is full-time (1700 total hours/40 hours per week) and a 10.5 month commitment beginning September 1, 2018 and ending June 15, 2019. Please note: this position is contingent on funding.
The MHE program provides free Healthy Home Check-ups to City of Seattle residents regardless of housing type, socio-economic status, income, or any other criteria. Our mission is to promote lung health by reducing pollutants in the home through awareness and education. The MHE Program uses an integrated in-home visit to identify strategies to reduce total exposures to pollutants including pesticides, allergens, molds, tobacco smoke, lead, and household chemicals that can lead to adverse health outcomes including exacerbating asthma symptoms.
During the Healthy Home Check-up a thorough visual inspection and survey of the home structure and the household members’ behaviors is conducted in order to identify potential sources of pollutants. Based on these findings, a Home Action Plan is created to mitigate identified pollutants with specific emphasis on low or no-cost solutions. Each household also receives a green cleaning kit and door mat free of charge. Families who have an asthmatic child receive dust mite mattress and pillow encasements and a specialty device (vacuum, de-humidifier, or HEPA air purifier). These families also receive additional asthma education and resources as well as a one-month follow-up visit to deliver the specialty device and identify if behavior changes have been made to reduce asthma triggers in the home.
The MHE program also conducts a variety of outreach opportunities, presentations, and trainings within the Seattle area focused on indoor air quality topics.
- Perform healthy home assessments
- Educate residents about indoor air quality issues
- Attend health fairs, hold presentations, and answer questions from the public.
- Undergo 4-6 weeks of training including readings and presentations on indoor air quality and shadowing staff on in-home visits
- Attend the Washington State Department of Health Community Health Worker Training
- Participate in weekly team meetings
- Gather quarterly report data, compile survey results, and compile landlord/tenant records
- Organize health fair events and activities
- Participate in community meetings
- Coordinate volunteer activities and retention efforts
- Manage MHE’s social media and community awareness efforts
- Monthly living stipend of $1,195 per month
- Education award of $5775 upon successful completion of 1700 service hours and 10.5 month term of service commitment
- Health care coverage
- Professional work experience in a non-profit organization
- Washington State Basic Food program (Most members qualify for this assistance program)
- Commitment to a 10.5 month long full-time service and completion of 1700 total hours
- Member must have a vehicle and insurance
- College graduate
- Ability to speak any additional languages including but not limited to: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Tigrinya, Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog.
Writing/Editing, Public Speaking, General Skills, Community Organization, Community Engagement, Public Health, Social Services, Environment
How to Apply:
Please apply through the AmeriCorps website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61986&fromSearch=true