Program Specialist V

Dept of State Health Services - Eagle Pass, TX3.4

Full-time | Temporary$4,000 - $5,300 a month
This is a temporary position, funded under a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke (CDC-RFA-DP18-1817). Under the management of the Office of Border Public Health (OBPH) Region 8 Manager and guidance of the Region 8 Communicable Disease Manager, serves as subject matter expert in the area of team-based care using evidence-based approaches to engage a multi-disciplinary healthcare team (e.g. physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, case managers, community health workers, etc.) in chronic disease prevention and management. Provides advanced services related to clinical integration of community health workers and engagement of healthcare providers in collaborative medication therapy management for the prevention and control of hypertension and high cholesterol. Builds partnerships and works with contractors, partners, and stakeholder through regional initiatives to support and promote the team-based care approach. Develops trainings, educational materials, and learning collaborative to expand the use of team-based care in chronic disease prevention and management. Works with health systems, providers, community health workers, and community partners to expand the use of self-measured blood pressure monitoring in hypertension management and systematic referrals to community resources and evidence-based lifestyle interventions. Provides technical assistance to health systems and clinics to build and strengthen referral systems for patients with hypertension and high cholesterol to community resources for lifestyle modification support. Participates in state-level planning to promote team-based care and contributes to clinical and community health expertise as a participant in workgroups, special projects, and intradepartmental collaborations. Expands chronic disease prevention and management activities within DSHS Health Service Region 8. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

EJF #1: (25%) Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation: Oversees the research, literature review and development of border health initiatives relating to hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes, including State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors. Develops regional team-based care learning initiatives to engage community health workers in chronic disease management in clinical settings and to increase the use of collaborative practice agreements for medication therapy management. Oversees the creation and administration of initiatives and training evaluation tools. Identify gaps in evaluation tools and training needs. Leads regional projects that promote and engage clinical and community partners to use community health workers. Collects, analyzes, and uses data to educate and mobilize border communities, develop priorities, garner resources, and plan actions to improve the border public's health. Systematically collects and analyzes data to provide a basis for decision making of community-based healthy border initiatives. Performs data analysis for the planning and coordination of border community-based healthy border initiatives to include development and implementation of techniques for evaluating border community-based healthy border initiatives. Oversees evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of border public health initiatives, training and education programs. Coordinates with Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section (HPCDPS) staff to develop and disseminate tools and resources for community and clinical partners on team-based care approaches and medication therapy management.

EJF #2: (25%) Education: Prepares and reviews educational materials in English and Spanish to enhance the capacity relating to medication therapy management for patients with hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Develops and provides educational opportunities and materials for community participants to improve medication adherence and outcome for patients diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Reviews evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs to assess efficacy for hypertension and cholesterol prevention management. Using best practices, develop educational curriculums and deliver to program staff, community health workers, community residents and border communities and stakeholders. Oversees the collection, organization, analysis, and preparation of border public health educational materials in response to public health information and report requests.

EJF #3: (25%) Work Plans and Reporting: Plans and develops work plans, goals and objectives relating to chronic disease prevention initiatives. Monitors progress and efficiency in meeting plans. Participates in state-level planning to promote team-based care using evidence-based approaches to engage non-physician healthcare team members in chronic disease prevention and management. Contributes clinical and community health expertise as a participant in workgroups, special projects and intradepartmental collaborations. Analyzes program activities and makes recommendations for improvement to include developing and implementing action improvement plans. Develops border public health policies, procedures, manuals, standards, and plans in accordance with border public health program objectives and goals. Prepares and distributes program reports of activities, initiatives and performance measures. Develops summarized analysis of key issues and assessment of impact and needed resources. Develops budget and financial forecasts for community-based chronic disease border initiatives. Prepares and reviews original correspondence, reports and articles in English and Spanish.

EJF #4: (20%) Technical Assistance: Works with HPCDPS staff to expand chronic disease prevention and management activities to additional community and clinical partners. Develops, maintains and promotes partnerships with community residents, local, county, state and federal governments; binational agencies; non-profit and faith-based organizations; universities and community health worker organizations. Provides leadership and facilitation of workgroups, taskforces and meetings related to program planning, development, research, analysis and evaluation functions. Provides technical assistance to health systems and clinics to strengthen referral systems for patients with hypertension and high cholesterol to community resources for lifestyle modification support. Provides technical assistance to health systems and providers on working with community partners to manage hypertension and cholesterol. Represents the border public health program as a liaison at border-wide conferences and meetings with HHS agencies, other state agencies, federal and binational agencies, community organizations and residents, and internal DSHS programs to explain chronic disease border public health programs, regulations and laws, and provide technical assistance, as needed. Consults with public and private agencies that have interest in border and binational public health to resolve problems, identify training needs, and discuss border public health program effectiveness. Speaks to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in public health and to secure support for public health programs. Coordinates, plans, organizes, and leads local, state, federal and binational conferences, workshops, meetings, and community outreach activities and events by: seeking and securing funds, sites, developing promotional and educational material, securing audio/visual equipment, seeking availability of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), establishing registration fees, contacting speakers, and developing agendas and programs. Reviews, documents and monitors current events related to border public health.

EJF 5: (5%) Other Duties: Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Support other PHR 8 Communicable Disease and Epidemiology programs (Office of Border Public Health, Epidemiology, HIV/STD, Immunizations, Tuberculosis and Zoonosis Control) as needed, including assisting with disease outbreak investigations. Provide support in completing objective s in the Communicable Disease Program Strategic Plan. These duties may require an alternate shift pattern (hours other than 8 to 5pm) and/or location. Safe operation of a state-owned, rental or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy. Complies with the DSHS Immunization Policy.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Bilingual/Biliterate (English/Spanish) required.

Knowledge of public health issues and essential public health functions
Knowledge in program and policy assessment, planning, development, implementation and evaluation
Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations, and policies
Knowledge of life course theory and other preventive health theories
Knowledge of population-based health outcomes measurement and health delivery systems, including managed care
knowledge of chronic disease and risk factors and evidence-based interventions
Knowledge of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disease epidemiology and clinical treatment
Knowledge of cultural practices on the US-Mexico border
Knowledge of current social, economic and public health issues
Knowledge of Mexican public health systems and programs.
Knowledge of computers, hardware or peripherals, and software.

Skill in researching and interpreting policies, rules, and requirements
Skill in gathering and analyzing data for program decisions and writing reports
Skill in effective verbal and written communication as well as public speaking
Skill in working with diverse groups and committees comprised of internal and external stakeholders
Skills in developing and delivering presentations to both lay and professional groups.
Skill in operating audio-visual equipment, computer and applicable software.
Skill in time management and organization.
Skill in planning, coordinating, and conducting workshops, conferences and meetings
Skill in planning and executing program activities
Skill in cross-cultural communication
Skill in implementing quality control activities
Skill in communicating (orally and in writing) in English and Spanish

Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and with outside groups
Ability to work independently without close supervision
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
Ability to gather, assemble, correlate and analyze facts and data
Ability to interpret medical professional literature
Ability to develop, evaluate and interpret policies and procedures
Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders based on shared priorities
Ability to facilitate groups with divergent opinions
Ability to abide by Department of State Health Services Universal Expectations, Guiding Principles, Code of Ethics, and Standards of
Ability to travel.
Ability to travel on short notice.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
At least two (2) years of work experience in community or public health. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in health education, or related field is preferred.
Texas Class C Driver's License or equivalent from another state.
Certified as a Community Health Worker (CHW) or Community Health Worker Instructor (CHWI)
Bilingual/Biliterate (English/Spanish) required.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Two years work experience in public health or community service and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public health or a related field. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
CHW or CHWI certificate preferred.
Bilingual and Biliterate in English and Spanish

Additional Information:
Requisition # 419401

MOS Code:
4B/4E; 43; 43HX
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