This is a position funded through September 2020 through the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
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The Health Planning Administrator (HPA) will serve as an ASTHO Local Field Placement to enhance Ohio Department of Health’s capacity to develop and implement goals in critical areas as outlined in Ohio’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 Placements 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 Placements will: provide support to local health departments, link field-based activities with the state’s OMNI LC team efforts, and enhance collaboration between state and local health departments to expand opportunities to direct policy changes.
The HPA’s proposed work will create/strengthen communication and collaboration between and among Ohio’s state and local health departments to ensure appropriate care for reproductive-aged women with substance use disorder (SUD) and impacted families, especially in the Appalachian region. The HPA’s work will support two goals: 1) to increase awareness and knowledge of safe care plans; and 2) to improve care coordination and transition care from perinatal to primary care. The HPA will develop a workgroup with membership ranging from statewide groups and groups in Appalachian Ohio. The workgroup will be expected to improve communication around efforts to address substance abuse specific to the needs of women and infants. The HPA will be expected to frequently travel to counties in Appalachian Ohio to meet with and develop relationships with regional stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Health Planning Administrator at the Ohio Department of Health (Primary Responsibilities):
• Establish and facilitate a workgroup composed of statewide and regional representatives.
• Develop a communications plan to educate stakeholders on Safe Plans of Care including.
• Schedule and administer education activities among stakeholders, including Safe Plans of Care.
• Perform an environmental scan specific to Appalachian Ohio for care coordination and transition care.
• Conduct process and outcomes evaluation including developing an education evaluation tool with pre- and post- tests and document the number, type, and locations of stakeholders reached.
ASTHO (Primary Responsibilities):
• Participate in the OMNI Learning Community meetings, events, and other forums to share information about Ohio’s state plan activities.
• Maintain knowledge of and ensure compliance with all applicable ASTHO policies and regulatory requirements.
• Communicate regularly with and provide 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.
Cultivates and supports provider champions within obstetrics, pediatric, and family practice networks and form coalitions of healthcare providers, allied health professionals, and public health and social service programs. Promote coordination and continuity of care across healthcare providers and referral to services.
• Facilitates connections between Ohio Department of Health and Ohio 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 Ohio Department of 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.
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:
• 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 Ohio Department of 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 within Ohio to meet with stakeholders, including the ability to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation with vehicle registration.
• 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 Ohio Department of Health staff.
Ability to travel up to 30%
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