Immunization Health Equity Specialist

Recruitment #220222-X17A-I03


This position is time-limited to June 30, 2024

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Immunization Health Equity Specialist providing support to Immunization Service. This is a state employee position 34003487 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The purpose of this position is to provide professional level work that will involve assisting with the strategic design, implementation, and evaluation of health equity efforts in vaccinations. The position will also assist where necessary in the implementation and continued work regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan activities

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
•Work with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other organizations to identify barriers to vaccination among populations and identify and implement strategies to mitigate the barriers.
•Implement culturally-tailored interventions to meet the short-term and long-term COVID-19 health needs of the diverse population.
•Provide input on the cultural aspects of communications products and materials. Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to develop products that meet target audience needs.
•Foster stronger partnerships with other departments in government, among community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and community partners and stakeholders.
•Compiles monthly reports of activities, progress, barriers, and success with a plan to address the barriers.
•Attend ongoing communication and training opportunities that support enhancement of vaccine equity strategies implemented at the department, state, local, and community level.
•Works with the CHD administration to communicate to providers, partners, target populations, and the general public regarding early, targeted vaccine efforts as well as widespread availability.
•Works with stakeholders including FQHCs, pharmacies, hospitals, districts/regions to ensure continuity across the state.
•Develop health equity resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion and conduct internal staff training to educate internal departments and programs on health and vaccine equity.
•Develop and manage program evaluation and monitoring plan of all vaccine equity activities.
•Other duties as assigned.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of public health practices, medical terminology as applied to immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases; vaccines, dosing schedules, vaccine administration; child care and school state immunization requirements. Skilled in communicating the role of public health within the health system and community to diverse audiences establish effective working relationships; communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences in both written and verbal methods; to plan, organize and prioritize time and workload to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines; create and implement training and presentations; development of distance training methods, including conference calls and webinar tools. Ability to use relevant information and individual judgements to determine whether events or processes comply with laws and use of common software products such as Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Combination of office, vehicle, and public establishments. Travel may include traveling during inclement weather. Perform varied activities including sitting, walking, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, and reaching. Ability to drive for hours at a time.

Work Environment
Office Environment; Computer based.





A bachelor’s degree in a biological science, health science, social science, or a closely related field plus one year of experience performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, training, emergency management, preventive health programs, public health nurse, adult educator.
Four years of experience in performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, training, emergency management, preventive health programs, public health nurse, adult educator or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid permanent Oklahoma license as a licensed practical nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Licensed Practical Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and one year of practical nursing experience and two years of adult educator experience.


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