Job Description and Duties
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission by performing challenging and complex duties involved in the planning, development, organization, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of programmatic aspects the All Children Thrive, California (ACT-CA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiatives.


Under the direction of the Health Program Manager II (HPM II), Chief of the Violence Prevention Program Section, The Health Program Specialist I (HPS I) will provide highly skilled technical assistance to the department and statewide and regional stakeholders in applying public health approaches and principles to injury and violence prevention focused on preventing and reducing childhood trauma and adversity and promoting Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs). With guidance from the HPM II, and EfC Initiative Program Coordinator (HPS II), the HPS I will coordinate and collaborate with state on activities focused on primary prevention of childhood adversity; coordinate with statewide and local organizations to engage in development, implementation, and sustainability of projects that advance state efforts to prevent and reduce childhood adversity and promote PCEs; support and facilitate EfC Initiative Steering Committee and workgroup meetings; facilitate and conduct biennial strategic planning sessions with ACT-CA and other state partners; and provide presentations and webinars to increase coordination and raise awareness about research, emerging issues, and best practices statewide related to PACEs and ACT-CA initiative activities.


The HPS I also maintains successful relationships with key department, statewide and nationwide stakeholders and among local constituencies that implement childhood adversity prevention activities where appropriate. This position may require travel (5%), in-state or out-of-state, which may require overnight stays to participate in meetings, trainings, and conferences.


To obtain list eligibility for the Health Program Specialist I, before applying for this position, you must first take and pass the Health Program Specialist I exam:



The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200, and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.

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About California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.