|Date Posted||May 4, 2021|
Position Title: PH Planner
Position Number: 367090
Location: Work at Home 99999
Position Type: Temporary
Required Skill Set:
Analysis, Healthcare, Microsoft Office, Public Health, Writing Skills
**Only U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. can be considered as W2 candidates.**
Job Title: Public Health Planner
Location: Remote – MN Only
# of Positions: TBD
This position exists to provide professional planning for the COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing (COVID- 19 CICT) Section''s project management work. This position exists to provide project leadership and principal-level professional interdisciplinary planning and analysis work to evaluate and assess data at the regional level. This work is essential to reduce COVID-19 disease and improve health disparity across the state. The position will lead development and assessment of long-range program planning goals of testing and case follow-up. The position provides consultation with regional level planning groups as requested and at times may be called upon to serve in a leadership role to facilitate discussions.
The position will develop and direct implementation of a performance management system to measure and improve operational effectiveness. The incumbent will lead efforts to ensure that quality improvement and performance management are integrated into COVID-19 CICT operations. Assure that programs have clear goals and objectives and that performance is measurable and reviewed for opportunities to improve ability to meet program and customer expectations.
The resource in this position will work with multiple Client programs, staff in other divisions across the department, other state agencies, and local and tribal health department staff involved in the COVID-19 disease outbreak. The work involves evaluation of programs, systems, and response and therefore requires the ability to clearly community, listen, and reflect comments in a non-judgmental way. The position also requires the ability to engage partners from multiple agencies and levels of government; effective relationships will be critical to the success of this position. Communication is frequent and occurs by both written and oral means, including use of video technology, conference calls, and in person meetings. Additional key relationships that must be developed or maintained include local and tribal health departments.
1. Conduct regional coordination with local public health (LPH) agencies and others in response to the COVID-19 disease outbreak. Develop, organize, coordinate and evaluate evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies. Strategies will be used in regional public health and clinical programming to improve case intake and address health disparities:
• Coordinate with health professional, public health and community based organizations.
• Inform communications staff at division and agency level on message development as a COVID-19 content expert for large- scale campaigns that reach health care professionals and the public.
• Work with IDEPC Communication, and other staff to plan and carry out COVID-19 intake and management strategies, evaluate such activities, and collaborate with program leadership to determine future needs.
• Facilitate stakeholder meetings with local public health (LPH) and other programs or calls related to the communication plan for COVID-19 case intake and management.
• Identify and work in partnership with other areas of MDH that conduct response activities related to COVID-19 intake and management.
• Convene and lead cross MDH division and agency internal as well as external stakeholder work groups, advisory groups and coalitions that will provide guidance to COVID-19 disease management to implement programming that aligns with other agency priorities and external stakeholder needs that address public health disparities.
2. Provide leadership in developing, directing and managing continuous quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) improvement activities by evaluating COVID-19 CICT section processes, designing or improving processes, and aligning processes with existing MDH strategic goals, and objectives.
• Develop and manage a QA/QC plan with attributes and elements of the COVID-19 CICT section to achieve a quality improvement culture.
• Apply appropriate quality improvement tools, methods and general problem solving, to drive improvements at all levels of the COVID-19 CICT section.
• Establish responsibilities and procedures for attaining objectives of the QA/QC plan.
• Develop and maintain the infrastructure of a quality culture by regular communication with affected parties.
• Conduct efforts to manage change within the COVID-19 CICT section and other areas of MDH where crossover occurs.
• Manage improvements to the QA/QC plan according to a designed process that include timelines and outcomes.
• Analyze, evaluate, and present information concerning factors relating to quality, for consideration by CICT leadership from program supervisors to executive team leadership.
• Develop and implement training on quality improvement tools and methodologies for COVID-19 CICT staff and leadership to use in accomplishing operational improvement.
The incumbent must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Epidemiology, related field and three years professional experience performing planning and analysis work in the area of public health programs or related field.
• Knowledge Extensive knowledge of public health and Minnesota’s local public health system and tribal government systems.
• Knowledge of public health preparedness activities and the roles of state and local public health departments, tribal governments, and other partners.
• Knowledge of public policy and practices sufficient to conduct program evaluations of complex public health programs including regulatory and non-regulatory programs that involve health and safety practices to protect and improve public health.
• Knowledge of quality and performance management practices and tools sufficient to recognize, evaluate and determine appropriate methods to evaluate and analyze current practices to improve a programs ability to better protect public health concerns
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with MDH staff, planning groups, local and tribal health departments, and other key emergency response partners.
• Ability to write, edit and organize material from diverse sources to prepare and implement comprehensive work plans for public health programs.
• Ability to prepare and make effective oral and written presentations for use within and outside the department.
• Ability to apply critical analysis, problem solving, conflict management, group facilitation, and negotiation skills.
• Ability to develop new techniques and procedures for accomplishing goals and objectives to design work plans for major projects and to direct their implementation.
• Ability to use personal computers and software, including word-processing, PowerPoint, and standard database management software such as Excel.