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American Heart Association Community Program Director, Health Equity in Southfield, Michigan


Now is the time to join an organization that enables you to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career!

We are currently hiring for a Community Program Director, Health Equity in our Southfield office. The Director working closely with health centers, community organizations, and community stakeholders in the Detroit market to drive health equity with a special focus on hypertension or factors impacting chronic disease such as nutrition, healthcare access and health literacy.

The American Heart Association (AHA) offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life satisfaction, and our Guiding Values - Check out this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today!

This is a full-time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is approximately through December 2026.


  • Lead operations to establish systematic community-based blood pressure screening, education, and referral interventions.

  • Design and facilitate opportunities and events for community-based organizations and direct service providers to provide wellness tools and training to their constituents. Enable organizations to build health and wellness skills such as culinary skills, health literacy, general health education, as well as focused opportunities to address health issues such as blood pressure self-management, nutrition education, physical activity, and stress management.

  • Engage Health Resources and Services Administration funded and other health centers in systems change work and participation in outpatient quality programs focused on improving blood pressure management and addressing other barriers.

  • Facilitate community dialogue and listening sessions to better understand the community’s needs. Collaborate to create an action plan addressing racial and ethnic health disparities and driving health equity in the community. Implement assessment plans to evaluate the environment, identify opportunities for action, and engage in sustainable, systemic changes in a community.

  • Identify, recruit and facilitate local cross sector leaders to participate in an engagement council and provide a forum to inform ongoing work.

  • Ensure local opportunities are aligned with the AHA’s broader advocacy, quality, and mission related agenda at the state and region level. Activate support for public policy opportunities.


  • 3+ years experience in public health administration, organization, or program development.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of health care systems, clinical settings, public health, voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Bilingual, English/Spanish preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation and motivational interviewing.

  • Must have at least intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

  • Ability to travel within the assigned market up to 50% daily and 5% overnight.

Compensation & Benefits

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-MI-Southfield

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (4/27/2022 1:31 PM)

Requisition ID 2022-8504

Job Category Health Strategies

Position Type Full Time

Location: MI-Southfield