Safe Communities Advocate, Healthy Communities Wyandotte

healthy-communities_unified-government_header*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle behaviors. ***

DESCRIPTION Assist the Safe Communities department with increasing injury prevention programming. Wyandotte suffers from being highest in crashes resulting in injury or death, crashes & associated injuries linked to impaired driving, & injuries or death caused by crashes involving unrestrained passengers & averages 202 impairment-related crashes & 914 occupant restraint related crashes each year. Using the 5 E’s model, our efforts include The Drive Wisely Wyandotte traffic safety coalition, the Public Health department Car Seat program, & the Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes to School uses pedestrian safety education & improving the built environment. We then supplement that with the traffic safety education & resources within the network of the Drive Wisely Wyandotte coalition.


  • Active participation with the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. SRTS is a national model that encourages & enables children to walk and bicycle to school. The Unified Government has a well-funded & active SRTS programs with 12 participating schools & counting.
    • Attend meetings; develop action steps to deliver a non-infrastructure education program that will assist schools, parents, & students, with increasing the number of students who walk/bike to school.
  • Assist in capacity building within the Drive Wisely Wyandotte coalition for traffic safety.
    • Create coalition building strategies; facilitate meetings, create a social media presence & newsletter for dispensing information to coalition/action team members, and taking notes at meetings.
  • Assist the Public Health Department’s car seat program by improving the appointment & inventory processes via quality improvement, thus increasing the number of clients served & expanding community awareness.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County


  • Knowledge of public health
  • Knowledge of fundraising/grant writing

HOURS Full time. Some evenings and weekends required.

PAY & BENEFITS VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Application deadline is September 30, 2016. Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte,ATTN: Alyssa Carodine, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail.