Health Equity Advisor - Immunizations

Equal Opportunity Employer

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to promote health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high-quality, integrated, and comprehensive health and human services.  Health equity is at the heart of all our work. We believe in and are firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status.  This commitment applies to all aspects of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promotion.



The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through the Immunization Program, located within the Division of Disease Control (DDC), is the lead unit for immunization activities in the City of Philadelphia. Immunization services across the city of Philadelphia are supported by a robust immunization program that coordinates the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adults at Risk (VFAAR) programs and performs community-based outreach activities to families with under-immunized children. Through the Immunization Quality Improvement Program (IQIP) the Immunization Program provides coverage assessments and strategies to help to area providers vaccinate children on time. 

Our program also hosts a well-established immunization information system (IIS), PhilaVax, to which all Philadelphia providers are mandated to report. The PhilaVax IIS covers childhood, adolescent and adult vaccines. Data provided by the PhilaVax IIS helps target outreach, assessment, and feedback activities, and helps support successful implementation of immunization recommendations. The data housed in this system can be used when evaluating equity and vaccine distribution.  

The overall goal of the Immunization Program is to increase the vaccination of all Philadelphians with immunizations routinely recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) by reducing missed opportunities, ensuring equitable access to vaccines, and improving immunization delivery practices among providers. 



  • Ensure immunization program interventions maintain a focus on equitable access and are appropriate given structural inequities and dynamics specific to Philadelphia communities 
  • Track, synthesize, and share best practices in local, state, and national policy that supports sustained vaccine confidence and access in target communities 
  • Review contemporary and historic data to identify barriers to vaccination, and increase vaccine uptake in priority populations  
  • Combat Covid-19, and non-Covid-19, vaccine misinformation and disinformation to empower communities to make informed decisions 
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to plan and implement strategies to improve vaccine access  
  • Provide trainings to internal staff, community-based organizations, and provider partners to increase competency of the Program to contextualize key topic areas, within local and national systemic structural inequity. Trainings may vary by Program area and strategy.  
  • Develop metrics and methods to measure the Program’s progress in promoting health equity. 
  • Innovate to create and implement evidence-based strategies to reach priority populations 
  • Identify and engage partners and stakeholders, and foster new or current partnerships (e.g. with CBOs, national organizations and state and federal agencies), and conduct advocacy, outreach and community engagement activities 
  • Support review of internal and external communications and policy documents 
  • Willingness and capacity to respond in real-life public health emergencies 

Evidence suggests, those from marginalized groups often only apply to jobs if they meet all of the qualifications. However, perfect candidates don’t exist! You are encouraged to apply if the above duties interest you, and the sum of your professional and academic experience balance to overcome the absence of some of the education or experience preferences highlighted below.   



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, human services, social science, behavioral science or related field and three years of health-related professional experience



  • Commitment to health justice and racial equity
  • Two or more years of experience working with programs that explicitly foreground health justice and racial equity (This experience could include work in promoting health equity through data analysis and application, planning, program development, community partnerships, organizational policies, and practices
  • Ability to manage a variety of projects in a fast paced, matrixed environment, with tight deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to communicate information effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Social Listening: Demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses on social media, news media, or other information sources to inform programmatic efforts
  • Preference for candidates with at least one year of experience providing or coordinating the delivery of health care services, or interpretation of regulations, policies and directives related to health care delivery systems
  • Previous work with community or faith-based organizations with outreach to priority audiences and an understanding of power dynamics, historic mistrust, and other barriers to authentic community engagement
  • Ability to explain scientific and medical content in plain, easy to understand language
  • Comfortability working through loosely defined situations, and the ability to meet objectives despite goal ambiguity


Work Environment:
Standard office setting at workstation and periodic use of office equipment. This position will be a hybrid position requiring at least 2 in-office days and 3 work from home days. Will be required to report to office to receive work-laptop and other equipment, as necessary.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval. However, schedule flexibility is expected, as occasionally there will be work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities.


Some travel may be necessary provided that public health guidance allows it.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to lift 25 pounds.


Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination must be produced upon hire. 


Salary and Benefits:
$55, 000 - $65,000. This is a grant-funded position; continuation of the position is contingent upon sustained funding.


Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life, AD&D and long-term care insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 



The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.