Health Program Associate (35 Hour)


Recruitment #221031-4406HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is hiring!

We are currently recruiting for a Health Program Associate to work within our Office of Injury and Violence Prevention of our Community, Family Health and Prevention Section. This role will be located centrally at our offices at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This is a full-time, first shift, thirty-five (35) hour per week role. The scheduled work hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday. There will be some opportunity for telework, flexible schedules, or alternate work schedules, to support a healthy work-life balance.

Discover the Opportunity to:

  • Represents DPH as administrative staff for the legislatively mandated state Commission on Community Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention
  • Assists in coordinating the meetings and the preparing the agenda for each of the monthly (to quarterly) Commission meetings
  • Assists in maintaining the list of attendees and preparing the minutes
  • Participates in weekly to monthly Commission planning meetings
  • Participates in selected weekly to biweekly Commission Subcommittee meetings
  • Assists in writing and compiling the annual legislatively mandated report to the Public Health Committee by December 31st of each calendar year
  • Oversees coordination of CVP contract execution processes, including development of contract language, budgets, program progress reporting templates, and outcome measures; Maintains established contracts monitoring system for CVP contracts

This position will represent DPH as one of two appointed staff for the legislatively mandated CT Commission on Community Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention and will have an administrative role in running the Commission and subcommittee meetings and writing the annual legislative report. This position will assist in the development of a new Community Gun Violence Prevention (CVP) Program and be responsible for program management, including contracts and grants management.

The mission of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Office of Injury and Violence Prevention is to promote a safe and healthy Connecticut by reducing factors associated with intentional (e.g. homicide and suicide), unintentional (e.g. falls and motor vehicle traffic) injuries, and occupational injury. The Office focuses on the Departmental Health Status Priority by observing and addressing rates of injuries in work environments, homes, schools, communities, on the roads, and at play areas. In addition, the Office, following national recommendations for intentional and unintentional injury and violence prevention, oversees community-based programs (conducted by contractors) that address risk and resiliency factors associated with injury and violence and implements strategies to decrease injury and violence.

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

As a State employee, you have available a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.
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In a state health program or project, this class is accountable for performing high level work in the implementation and coordination of the non-clinical aspects of health care programs or projects.


The specific duties and responsibilities of this generic class vary widely depending on the nature of the program and the current stage in its life cycle. Typical examples of duties include the following: serves as regional coordinator for a statewide health program or project with responsibility for developing and maintaining appropriate programs, projects and liaisons in their assigned regions; participates in planning, organization and implementation of a statewide health program by having responsibility for major components of program such as staffing, work assignment and distribution decisions; initiates and oversees public relations efforts; establishes and maintains relationships involved in program within agency and with other state, community or public agencies; assists division head in expediting program; prepares comprehensive reports on planning and progress of program; develops objectives so program functions within cost estimates; analyzes, evaluates and interprets data; advises and participates in formulation of task forces within or outside agency and coordinates activities so program is successfully accomplished; works with federal, state and community agencies on new, proposed or revised programs to clarify or develop objectives, determine method of integrating programs in agency operations and establish cost estimates; provides technical assistance to community agencies; assists in drafting of legislation and regulations; gathers fiscal and programmatic data on programs and participates in planning budget and programmatic aspects of program; may also be assigned to conduct health planning, program monitoring and grants management for particular programs; may be involved in approval of grants or projects; may speak publicly about program issues and develop information for public distribution; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; considerable knowledge of relationships between risk factors and evidence of health problems; considerable knowledge of changing aspects of social-medical philosophies; knowledge of research and evaluation design methodologies; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in field of public health and medical care; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to plan, organize and direct a complex technical program; ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret data; ability to lead and train staff.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in a health organization.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in health care program administration, a health systems agency or other health care organization in at least one of the following areas: 

1. grant writing or monitoring; 
2. formal program planning, development, management or evaluation; 
3. program consultation; 
4. public relations activities. 

For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Health Program Assistant 2. 

Note: A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing health programs.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in health education, hospital administration, public administration, public health or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Program Assistant 2 may substitute for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience in the administration of health care program, system, or agency or other health care organizations, including formal program planning, development, management, and evaluation.
  • Experience procuring and managing state and federal grants, including oversight of programmatic, fiscal, and compliance.
  • Experience establishing and developing collaborative relationships across state, local, and community partners and convening stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and trainings to lay and professional groups.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring professional staff responsible for major projects, such as developing/writing grant applications, contract language, and program reports.


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.