Job Opening: Perinatal Equity Initiative Coordinator

The Perinatal Equity Initiative Coordinator will be responsible for conducting a range of tasks related to the effective and efficient implementation of the Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) and the Los Angeles County Five-Year Plan to address racial inequality in birth outcomes. 


The Los Angeles County AAIMM Prevention Initiative is a coalition of the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health, Health Services, and Mental Health, First 5 LA, community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members. We are united in one purpose: to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in the county and ensure healthy and joyous births for Black families. Through a series of comprehensive coordinated strategies, we aim to reduce the county's gap in Black/White infant mortality rates by 30% by 2023.


The AAIMM Initiative approaches its work from a frame that the root cause of the mortality disparity is the stress caused by a Black person’s exposure to racism and the impact of that stress on a Black woman/birthing person’s body, compounded by structures in society that perpetuate racism, and the presence of implicit and overt bias in the systems of support that interact with Black families. 


The Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) was established in the state legislature's Budget Act of 2018 as the Department of Public Health’s response to the alarming statewide gap in Black infant mortality. PEI is designed as a complement to the state's Black Infant Health (BIH) Program, a group-based service, information and social support program for Black mothers to buffer the negative effects of racism on their health. The goal of PEI is to improve birth outcomes and reduce preterm birth and mortality through interventions implemented at the county level that are evidence-based, evidence-informed or reflect promising practices. 

The Perinatal Equity Initiative Coordinator will be responsible for conducting a range of tasks related to the effective and efficient implementation of the Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) and the Los Angeles County Five-Year Plan to address racial inequality in birth outcomes. 

Note: All workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19.Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiringdepartment.

This is a contract position through June 30, 2023, with possibility of extension. 


Job Duties: 

  • Coordinate the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of PEI interventions and African American Infant & Maternal Mortality Prevention (AAIMM) strategies.
  • Represent Los Angeles County in all PEI statewide meetings and prepare quarterly and annual reporting as required by the state.
    • Organize and participate in AAIMM countywide Steering Committee and management team meetings.
    • Participate in the organization and communication of interdepartmental leadership group meetings and four regional Community Action Teams. Meeting attendance may require travel countywide.
    • Develop and prepare funding solicitations, monitor budgets and contracts, and provide technical assistance and thought partnership to contracted agencies.
    • Collaborate with First 5 LA communications team to provide input on messaging on AAIMM efforts.
    • Supervise PEI Fatherhood Coordinator.
    • Present the work of PEI and AAIMM at a variety of meetings and conferences.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications: 

    • Five years of experience in coalition building and community engagement.
    • Demonstrable experience on efforts with and impacting African American communities/people.
    • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the work of Public Health.
    • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of social determinants on health and a commitmentto addressing inequality in health care and health outcomes.
    • Demonstrated commitment to and adherence to principals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
    • Demonstrated ability to navigate sensitive topics, political contexts, and crucial conversations, as well as support authentic and trust-worthy collaboration among both community and county stakeholders. Conflict resolution and clear communication are both must-have skills.
    • Valid California driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance and reliable transportation or abilityto secure timely transportation for off-site travel to various community sites throughout Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley.

    Desired Qualifications: 

    • Five years of experience in a staff capacity analyzing and making recommendations for thesolution of problems of organization, program, procedure, budget or personnel.
    • Work experience in Public Health at a government agency, non-profit organization, or on behalfof a government agency.
    • Work experience coordinating large-scale, grant-funded, time sensitive projects.
    • Ability to act with good judgment, confidence, and personal initiative in a fast-paced and highlyvisible work environment.
    • Computer literate and skilled in use of MS Windows-based programs, including MS Office(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
    • Familiarity with Results-Based Accountability.
    • Personal familiarity with the population of focus.
    • Strong writing skills. 

    Please send resume and cover letter to Helen O'Connor, [email protected]


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