The Health Education Consultant facilitates sexually transmitted infection (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) primary prevention throughout California by supporting the implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), reporting to the Health Promotion and Communications Unit Chief at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch. This position provides sexual health education training and technical assistance for educational partners serving youth, including middle and high school teachers and school district staff, by mentoring and building capacity of a team of strategically placed volunteer adjunct trainers, and providing technical assistance to reinforce health promotion and education within local health departments across California.

This position manages and evaluates a statewide sexual health educator training program and develops relevant curricula for interactive learning in virtual and in-person settings. This position maintains strong knowledge of adolescent sexual health topics covering a wide range of issues, including sexually transmitted infections, California minor consent policies and procedures, and current California Education Code pertaining to sexual health education, and develops and maintains strategic partnerships with key health education stakeholders and organizations.

The Health Education Consultant works with the Health Promotion and Communications Unit team to ensure health promotion and education materials are accessible and inclusive of diverse audiences of varied backgrounds and languages, particularly populations who are at disproportionate risk for STIs. This position works with STD Control Branch colleagues to engage with California communities to ensure health education materials reflect community needs as well as current trends in morbidity and mortality.

The Health Education Consultant provides technical assistance to local public health departments, school districts, and community agencies to build their capacity in planning, implementing, and evaluating school- and community-based STI prevention and education activities. This position facilitates a community health education approach to STI prevention through enhancing health department-school-community partnerships and by providing technical assistance and training to community and public health agencies.

About California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch

The STD Control Branch is part of the Division of Communicable Disease Control, within the Center for Infectious Diseases, of the California Department of Public Health.

The mission of the CDPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Control Branch is to reduce the transmission and impact of STD and viral hepatitis in California, particularly for those communities disproportionately affected by these infections. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our public health work, we embrace and value the contributions of all communities across California to fulfill our public health mission. In collaboration with local health jurisdictions and other community partners in public and private sectors, the STD Control Branch supports equitable STD and viral hepatitis prevention and control efforts by providing statewide leadership, policy, guidelines, training, technical assistance, surge capacity, and outbreak response, and by supporting safety-net service delivery in priority settings and populations.