Under supervision of a Public Health Supervisor in the Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division, this position will work to strengthen policies, systems and community environments that influence health and equity among Dane County residents. Broadly, these functions include public health surveillance and assessment, including analysis and interpretation of public health data; collaborative work across sectors; and measurement of community-wide and population-specific health promotion and improvement indicators.
This position facilitates partnerships between government agencies, criminal justice partners, community-based organizations, and community members to create a comprehensive violence prevention framework in order to advance goals through program management, data analysis, evaluation, and communications activities.
Duties of this position require foundational skills desirable for professionals in the practice of public health.
Analysis and Assessment. Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment).Use qualitative and quantitative data from multiple sources (e.g., vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input, health equity impact assessments) that can be used to assess the health of a community. Describe how evidence (e.g., data, findings reported in peer-reviewed literature) is used in decision-making.
Policy Development/Program Planning. Gather information and contribute to developing options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, planning policies, immunization programs, child health promotion programs, etc.). Examine the feasibility and implications (e.g., fiscal, social, political, legal, and geographic) of policies, programs, and services. Explain the importance of evaluations for improving policies, programs, and services. Describe how public health informatics (e.g., integrated data systems, electronic reporting, knowledge management systems, and geographic information systems) is used to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve policies, programs, and services.
Communication. Solicits input from individuals and organizations (e.g., chambers of commerce, religious organizations, schools, social service organizations, hospitals, government, community-based organizations, various populations served) for improving the health of a community. Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images). Describes the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community.
Cultural Competency. Supports diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community. Recognizes the ways explicit and implicit bias influences policies, programs, services, and the health equity of a community. Assesses the effects of policies, programs, and services on different populations in a community (e.g., customer satisfaction surveys, use of services by the target population).
Relationship management. Represent PHMDC at key planning forums with internal and external groups and partners. Identifies relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations). Establishes and maintains relationships to improve health in a community (e.g., partnerships with organizations serving the same population, academic institutions, policy makers, customers/clients, and others). Facilitates collaborations among partners to improve health in a community (e.g., coalition building). Uses community input for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services. Participate in emergency preparedness activities as needed.
Public Health Sciences. Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Uses evidence in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services.
Financial Planning and Management. Operates programs within budget. Contributes to the development of program budgets. Provides information for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services. Describes financial analysis methods used in making decisions about policies, programs, and services (e.g., cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, cost-utility analysis, return on investment). Uses performance management systems for program and organizational improvement (e.g., achieving performance objectives and targets, increasing efficiency, refining processes, meeting objectives, achieving/sustaining accreditation).
Leadership and Systems Thinking. Contributes to development of a vision for a healthy community (e.g., emphasis on prevention, health equity, excellence and innovation). Identifies internal and external facilitators and barriers that may affect the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (e.g., using root cause analysis and other quality improvement methods and tools). Describes needs for professional development (e.g., training, mentoring, peer advising, coaching).
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (Master’s preferred) in public health, social science, psychology, evaluation, public policy, public administration, criminal justice, statistics, counseling, health education or communications. Three or more years professional experience in public administration, public health, community/economic development, organizing/engagement, program evaluation, counseling.
Preferred experience: Working with and supporting teams, initiatives and/or coalitions/community-based organizations, managing projects, and training in group facilitation and interviewing.
Three or more years’ experience analyzing and synthesizing health-related demographic, economic, education, housing, and/or other relevant data from national, state and local sources. An understanding of and experience applying current public health, economic concepts and frameworks to public health assessment and analysis. Skill and experience using MS Office Suite. Experience in survey design and administration. Ability to communicate about complex concepts among diverse audiences. Facility using database and statistical analysis software required. Experience with program budgeting. Experience with qualitative analysis a plus.
Licenses: Possession of or eligibility for a Wisconsin driver’s license and access to a reliable personal vehicle. As a condition of employment, staff must remain current with certain immunizations and vaccinations. A list will be provided upon hire.