Director, Health Equity & Diversity Initiatives

01 Jan, 2022


Director, Health Equity & Diversity Initiatives

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Summary:  Provides leadership and guidance to ASTHO, its members, and external stakeholders on health equity by working to ensure that activities are implemented using a health equity in all policies approach. Develops and meets the deliverables for projects that support critical issues for state health officials related to minority/multicultural health, health disparities, and health equity.

Location: Remote


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Senior Vice President in identifying new funding opportunities, developing funding proposals, and drafting activities that meet member needs for achieving health equity.
  • Manages overall efforts at ASTHO to promote and coordinate health equity activities across programmatic areas.
  • Responds to requests for assistance and information from ASTHO staff, members, affiliates, federal agencies, and other national organizations, supporting the funded programmatic work related to health equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Tracks federal and state legislative and regulatory issues, looking strategically at trends for addressing health equity and analyzing implications for public health practice.
  • Represents ASTHO at meetings and conferences as requested.
  • Leads the internal ASTHO Health Equity Workgroup.
  • Provides expertise on strategies for institutionalizing health equity into business practices.  Examples include developing health equity language for use in ASTHO policies and procedures such as the grants and contracts process.
  • Manages contracts with vendors, including the initiation, monitoring, and close-out of contracts and deliverables.
  • Drafts progress reports for funders and briefing materials for ASTHO members and senior staff.
  • Collects, analyzes, and disseminates information through variety of mechanisms such as issue briefs, stories, newsletters, webinars, and reports.
  • Develops, disseminates, and analyzes the Health Equity/Minority Health Survey for members.
  • Conducts web-based research and original data collection with states.
  • Provides staff support to ASTHO Committees and Task Forces, including the Population Health and Informatics Policy Committee.
  • Coordinates logistics related to meetings such as organizing conference calls, preparing committee/work group mailings, drafting annotated agendas.
  • Develops and maintains relevant materials and links for the Health Equity pages of the ASTHO Website.


  • Master’s degree preferred in Public Health or related field
  • 5+ years relevant work experience in public health, public policy, health equity, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience working with governmental public health at local, state, or federal levels.
  • Expertise in leading health equity or health disparities activities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work across sectors and represent ASTHO at meetings and conferences on health equity issues.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, manage multiple projects and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.


About Us: ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in public health practice. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with a regional office in Atlanta, GA. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ASTHO is an all-encompassing diverse and inclusive organization that respects and celebrates every person’s strengths, assets, and values, eliminating inequities and biases in all facets of activities and operations. ASTHO is committed to leading organizational change efforts that support racial healing, racial justice, and transformation within state and territorial public health agencies.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy: As a Public Health organization, ASTHO accepts the responsibility to follow CDC guidelines and advisories relating to the health of all. ASTHO has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy applicable to all ASTHO employees to safeguard the health of our employees from the hazard of COVID-19.


Job posted: 2022-01-01