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Health Policy Specialist II - Kentucky Department for Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Frankfort, KY
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

New Position – Full-Time, Temporary through September 2020 - physically located in Frankfort, KY

Send Resume, cover letter, and desired salary to Jan Taylor,


The Health Policy Specialist (HPA) will serve as an ASTHO Local Field Placement to enhance Kentucky’s Department for Public Health capacity to develop and implement goals in critical areas as outlined in Kentucky’s Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Outcome, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Initiative (OMNI) state action plan. The field placement complements components of the OMNI Learning Community (LC). Local Field Placement will work to implement state’s goals into community-based support in jurisdictions heavily impacted by opioid use among pregnant and postpartum women and infants with prenatal opioid exposure. The Local Field Placement will: provide support to local health departments, link field-based activities with the state’s OMNI LC team efforts, enhance collaboration between state and local health departments to expand opportunities to direct policy changes.


The HPA proposed work will assist in the development and establishment of Kentucky’s Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (KPQC). The HPA will develop workgroup recommendations to aid in the design of the KPQC. The HPA will be expected to collaborate with state stakeholders to successfully create the collaborative infrastructure and gather data. The HPA will improve communication around efforts to address substance abuse specific to the needs of women and infants, including the building of a website. The HPA will be expected to frequently travel to birthing hospitals to meet with and develop relationships with stakeholders within the region.

Health Policy Specialist at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (Primary Responsibilities):

· Development of presentation for stakeholder groups, including focus groups

· Participate in the planning of KPQC activities among stakeholders.

· Engagement of birthing hospitals and data sharing, gathering, and dissemination.

· Work with local community stakeholders to explore how communities contribute to the health of mothers and babies in their communities (i.e., Plan of Safe Care).

· Work with KPQC project manager and Dr. White in KDPH to coordinate project duties.

ASTHO (Primary Responsibilities):

· Participate in the OMNI Learning Community meetings, events, and other forums to share information about Kentucky’s state plan activities.

· Maintain knowledge of and ensures compliance with all applicable ASTHO policies and regulatory requirements.

· Communicate regularly with and provides reports to the Local Field Placement Support team and ASTHO Program Managers through email communications, phone calls and virtual meetings. Potential travel to Washington, DC, or Atlanta, GA, for meetings.

· Collaborate with partners in the local community (e.g., partners representing high-risk and under-resourced communities, providers, local/regional college, university public health programs) to develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate information about the OMNI Learning Community activities.

General Duties:

· Cultivate and support provider champions within obstetrics, pediatric, and family practice networks and form coalitions of healthcare providers and allied health professionals. Promote coordination and continuity of care across healthcare providers and referral to services.

· Facilitates connections between Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky State OMNI team, local healthcare providers, and national and local partners representing clinicians and maternal and child health professionals.

· Leverages and builds upon new and existing relationships with internal and external networks.

· Supports stakeholder engagement, knowledge management, and activities related to provider outreach and education.

· Provides suggestions to improve information collection efforts based on the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s needs, capabilities, and limitations.

· Assists with developing and implementing referral to service processes when required.

· Other duties may be assigned.


· Completion of graduate core program in field of public health, health administration, preventive medicine, social work, nursing or other health-related field, or public policy & management/public administration or business administration.

· 12 months experience in planning & administering health program(s), with education & experience to be commensurate with approved position description on file or 4 years of experience in planning & administering health program(s).

· Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment.

· Advanced knowledge in the field of public health and/or health-related science.

· Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in carrying out numerous public health-related duties.

· Ability to use public health, health, and data analytics knowledge to analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions based on activities within the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

· Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, etc.).

· Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

· Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities.

· Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

· Adept analytical and critical thinking skills.

· Ability to travel locally to meet with stakeholders - up to 30% of time.

· Ability to implement a proactive approach to problem solving.

· Ability to interact professionally with national, state, and local health department officials, team members, corporate management, and clients of all levels.

· Demonstrated ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

· Ability to provide background information about the project, answer questions, and provide updates to CDC, ASTHO Program Managers, and Kentucky Department for Public Health staff.


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Why Work Here?

Great organization!

ASTHO is the national non-profit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice.


Frankfort, KY