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DHPE Health Promotion Policy Fellowship

New Jersey Department of Health|
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Assignment: One Year Fellowship

New Jersey Department of Health

Location: Trenton, New Jersey

Assignment: One Year Fellowship


The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), based in Washington, DC has been serving state and territorial health departments and their community partners for over 60 years. ( DHPE is a membership association of high level professionals from public health departments. DHPE's focus is on a coordinated program of training, technical assistance, and collaboration to strengthen public health capacity for health policy and systems change toward goals of improving health in the United States and achieving health equity.

In a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), DHPE is addressing five program areas: (1) deliver curriculum on health policy and environmental change to professionals; (2) provide public health internships and fellowships for students from minority serving institutions; (3) develop new approaches to achieving health equity; (4) improve the capacity of states to conduct health promotion policy activities; and, (5) support systems changes for school health. DHPE's long-term outcomes are to reduce morbidity and premature deaths, and ensure longer healthier lives for all Americans.


Based in Trenton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is the primary state health agency. NJDOH's mission is to foster accessible and high-quality health services to help all people in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity and independence. NJDOH works to prevent disease, promote and protect well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich quality of life for individuals and communities.

The Division of Family Health Services (DFHS) administers programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey. DHFS implements its programs through units working collaboratively to provide health services for all communities throughout the state. The Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Services Unit created an integrated planning and operational approach to promoting healthy lifestyles and evidence-based disease prevention programs.


The NJDOH is seeking a DHPE fellow to assist and help coordinate key Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Services Unit's initiatives to support vulnerable populations and challenges to access quality health care thereby eliminating health inequities and health disparities in New Jersey. The DHPE fellow will be supervised by the Chronic Disease Senior Executive Service Director. The fellow will support activities that address chronic disease prevention. Specifically, the fellow will:

  • Assist with the implementation of the State Chronic Disease Plan
  • Assist with the implementation of the CDC State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health Grant Award
  • Research literature and findings that support health promotion interventions for preventing chronic diseases
  • Develop and prepare databases for qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Interface and liaise with key public and private stakeholders and facilitate partnerships and meetings among these groups
  • Liaison with offices, staff and programs of the NJDOH aimed at addressing chronic and diseases and health issues across the life span
  • Assist with planning Advisory, Taskforce meetings, conferences, roundtables and seminars focused on chronic disease prevention and health promotion
  • Develop cultural and linguistic competent health education and communication messages, materials and fact sheets
  • Assist in the development of seminars, health promotion and communication programs intended to provide information on chronic disease prevention initiatives
  • Author or co-author Legislative Bill comments, policy recommendations and assist in the analysis of data pertinent to such policies
  • Assist with the implementation of New Jersey's Diabetes Action Plan signed into Law, August 9, 2013.

The fellow would be strongly encouraged to produce a scholarly paper, policy proposals and abstract for a professional conference from any or all of the activities described.


  • Extensive knowledge of public health principles and demonstrable experience in health policy, health economics, political science and program administration
  • Ability to articulate clearly the concepts of health equity, social determinants of health, and health literacy
  • Experience with community engagement
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills
  • Strong facilitation, organizational, and planning skills
  • Training in statistical methods and experience with public health research and evaluation


  • Master's degree in public health, public administration, health education, political science or a related field required
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required
  • Less than two years' experience working in public health, preferably in a resource constrained community setting

SALARY RANGE: $40,000 - $60,000


All applicants are required to complete a DHPE Health Promotion Policy Fellowship application and submit a CV or resume and unofficial transcripts from master's and or PhD programs. DHPE will request letters of recommendation and official transcripts for fellowship finalist. Application and supporting documents must be submitted to by 5:00 pm Eastern Time September 4, 2013.


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