Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP) Office of Health Equity (OHE) Program Specialist

Jun 02 2023
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

Downtown, Oahu


Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP)
Office of Health Equity (OHE) Program Specialist

Salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The purpose of the OHE is to advance health equity by: 1) assessing and monitoring population health and identifying health disparities; 2) engaging stakeholders to develop policies, systems, and environmental change improvements to eliminate health inequities; 3) evaluating and monitoring efforts; and 4) reassessing strategies with the continuous engagement of key stakeholders. The Pandemic Response Expansion Project (PREP) Office of Health Equity (OHE) Program Specialist will 1) lead the OHE community outreach and public health education efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic response and advances health equity through community engagement and support to mitigate and prevent COVID-19 for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Filipino (NHPIF), and other communities that have limited-English proficiency, low-digital technology, and low-health literacy; and 2) engage and collaborate with the Community Network, a significant and critical group of engaged organizations representing NHPIF populations disproportionately impacted by hospitalization and death from COVID-19.



Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:      Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a baccalaureate degree.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  One and one half (1 ½) years of responsible professional work experience which required a high degree of analytical skills. Such experience must have involved gathering, evaluating, and analyzing facts and other pertinent information required to resolve problems and/or to determine and recommend appropriate courses of action. Such experience must have also demonstrated the ability to: elicit information, orally and in writing; read, comprehend, interpret, and evaluate technical subject, analyses or proposals; apply problem-solving methods and techniques, such as defining and analyzing problems, identifying alternative courses of action, using judgment in determining appropriate alternatives; and prepare clear and concise written reports and recommendations for action.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One (1) year of professional work experience in any field which involved work such as monitoring, evaluating, or conducting studies and analyses of programs or projects to make recommendations for the development or revision of standards, policies, procedures, or techniques; gathering and analyzing data to determine conformance with standards and requirements and recommending improvements or developing training materials; giving technical advice and direction pertaining to program standards, requirements, or techniques.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Mail cover letter, completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division

1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 422

Honolulu, HI  96813

ATTN:  Melissa Nakamura


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 124057.


Application packet at:​nt/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Melissa Nakamura at [email protected] or
(808) 586-4637.


This position is exempt from civil service and considered temporary in nature.  Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.


An Equal Opportunity Employer