Know Better, Live Better: Get Involved

Be A Trusted Messenger
The Westchester County Department of Health is working with community members and organizations on a federally-funded health education program. The purpose is to promote health and wellness across the County. We seek community leaders who have strong networks, including leaders and members of community-based organizations, to facilitate health discussions in virtual and/or community settings to Westchester residents. Topics of these discussions include health information/misinformation, access to care, and disease prevention. Trusted Messengers will receive training from the Westchester County Department of Health and do not need not be health experts

All Trusted Messengers will sign a contract with the Westchester County Department of Health and may receive UP TO $2000 for participating after completing all contract requirements. 

Trusted messenger expectations:

  • Participate in ~6 hours of training to learn more about health and communication
  • Facilitate 1.5-hour information sessions to 25-100 individuals by January 30 (stipend varies depending on number of participants reached).
  • Attend virtual check-ins with the Westchester County Department of Health every two weeks throughout the duration of the program
  • Complete a brief survey after each lesson to describe your experience in delivering health education.
  • Participate in brief focus group and/or interview at the end of the program to describe your overall experience with the program.

Trusted messenger qualifications:

  • Westchester residents ages 18 and older
  • Enthusiastic about public health, prevention, and health equality
  • Has regular access to a computer and reliable internet connection
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Has many contacts in Peekskill, Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains, or Port Chester
  • Is vaccinated against COVID-19 or willing to be vaccinated before program begins.
  • Can accept payment through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and complete a W-9 form.

To apply, please complete this form.  Completion does not guarantee or require participation.  Westchester County Department of Health staff members will contact you to discuss the position further.  

If you are interested, please complete this form. Completion of the form does not guarantee or require participation in the program. The Department of Health will contact you to discuss the position further after the form is completed and submitted.