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Health Education Specialist

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 11, 2023

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The Health Education Specialist (HES) will plan, implement, and evaluate educational activities within healthcare centers across Texas on tobacco use screening and treatment, serving as a liaison between the research team and the enrolled healthcare centers. At the time of hiring, the HES would be responsible for overseeing implementation of a comprehensive tobacco-free workplace program in opioid treatment centers and community centers serving populations with diverse sexual and gender identities (e.g., LGBTQ+). The ideal candidate will feel at ease working in these settings and with their stakeholder (e.g., employee, client) groups.


Build and Maintain Relationships:

* Expand outreach efforts to various healthcare centers (at hiring, this would include opioid treatment centers and community centers serving populations with diverse sexual and gender identities (e.g., LGBTQ+)) through developing and maintaining community partnerships;

* Collaborate with academic and community partners to develop, implement, and assess education and outreach efforts linked to research priorities;

* Maintain positive and communicative relationships with program champions at partner centers; and

* Promote inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our partners at all times.

Program Development/Delivery:

* Must be willing to travel to partner centers within Houston and across Texas;

* Identify and recruiting partner programs through community outreach efforts (virtual and in-person);

* Assist in the development of tools, trainings, and education materials;

* Deliver training and educational activities;

* Prepare presentation materials and resources;

* Contribute to meeting agendas and report out on center progression during weekly team meetings;

* Respond to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures or project deliverables to team and community partners;

* Record project activities in team management spreadsheets/software; and

* Disseminate program materials statewide via email and in-person community outreach.

Team with Others:

* Encourage collaboration and input from all team members;

* Value the contributions of all team members; and

* Balance individual and team goals.


* Set high standards of performance;

* Pursue goals with energy and persistence; and

* Drive for results and achievement.


* Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations;

* Ensure that relevant team members understand progress and outcomes of your work;

* Values and engages in quick and efficient communication with team members;

* Approach communication with cultural sensitivity and adaptability, which involves understanding, respecting, and adapting communication styles to cater to the backgrounds, values, and perspectives of people from various communities that might be different from one's own; and

* Create an environment with open channels of communication.

Other duties as assigned

Required: Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Education, Community Health Education or related field.

Required: Two years experience coordinating patient education programs.

Preferred: Managing multiple projects with timelines. Fast pace environment working with community partners. This position will require travel within Texas.

Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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