Title: Manager of the Prevention Wellness Trust
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Manager of the Prevention Wellness Trust is a senior manager within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) at the Department of Public Health and reports to the Bureau Director. The Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust is responsible for the overall implementation of the state-legislated Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) meeting the goals of MGL. Chapter 224 (An Act of Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation ) sections 60 and 276. The goal of this $57 million, 4-year initiative is to reduce health care costs in the Commonwealth by promoting evidence-based community prevention activities that decrease preventable health conditions and improve the management of existing chronic conditions. It is expected that the Manager of this Trust will provide the overall vision, leadership and management for this complex and novel initiative.
The manager must possess the skills to hire and manage staff, oversee significant contracts with community partners, and direct clinical and community quality improvement initiatives with nine funded grantees across the Commonwealth. These grantee partnerships are implementing evidence-based interventions addressing four priority conditions (pediatric asthma, hypertension, falls in older adults, and tobacco use) as well as optional conditions (including oral health, diabetes, obesity and substance abuse).
1) Focus on short and long-term outcomes in order to reduce the number of preventable health conditions while better managing existing chronic conditions of those who already have disease.
2) Promote activities in both the healthcare system and community settings, so priority health conditions can be managed at the provider’s office as well as at work, in schools, and throughout the community.
3) Interweave clinical and community leadership and resources to create a shared responsibility for the health of the residents within their catchment area.
4) Utilize the data collected in communities and at DPH to help support and guide the work of funded communities
5) Ensure that the link between healthcare system and community endures beyond the next four years.
The Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund directly supervises two staff and two consultants and indirectly supervises an additional two to four staff. The two direct reports are managers with the positions of “Team Lead” – one for Technical Assistance/QI and one for Administration and Operations. Additionally, the manager coordinates a team that includes evaluation staff and subject matter experts from across the Bureau in order to meet Trust Fund objectives. This position reports to the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention; however, s/he must work closely with the Director of the Division of Prevention and Wellness (BCHAP), the Director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation (BCHAP), other BCHAP Division Directors, the Director of the Office of Health Equity, and the Director of the Office of Data Management, Outcomes and Assessment (DMOA) to provide the overall direction and scope of work for this group of staff. The Manager of the Trust will also work closely with the Bureau’s State Innovation Model Grant which is developing a bi-directional e-Referral system which grantees are required to implement as part of their PWTF activities. Given the unique reporting structure envisioned for this position, it is critical that the Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund have the personal and professional leadership qualities that will allow them to build a team to achieve the goals of the Trust – despite the fact that not all team members directly report to the Manager.
Additionally, given the quality improvement framework being utilized to evaluate grantee activities, the Manager should be familiar with the principles of quality improvement and performance management and be able to implement these principles as part of an operational plan. Further, because the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund is likely to play a role in the Department’s Strategic Plan, performance management will be central to the work of this position.
The manager is responsible for the development and monitoring of the overall Trust Fund budget. The manager will be expected to develop strategies to help position the Trust Fund for the future – through collaborative work with a variety of stakeholders including public health, health planners and payers.
The Manager of the PWTF is also responsible for coordinating the statutorily mandated Prevention and Wellness Advisory Board which includes 21 members from a variety of stakeholder groups within and outside of state government. The Trust is an important priority for the Department and has garnered national interest as a model for future public health efforts. As such, the Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust must coordinate with the Commissioner’s Office to keep the Commissioner informed of progress made and barriers encountered in implementing Trust activities.
The Manager should have a minimum of five to ten years relevant work experience in a supervisory and management capacity in public health or a related field. Ideal candidates will have Master’s level training in public health, public policy, or a related field. The Manager is required to have strong project and staff management skills/experience as well as experience in policy development. Experience with budget development and management and experience in the design and implementation of service provision programs are also required. Knowledge of and experience in dealing with multi-sector community partnerships and health care delivery are highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Experience using data in the design of program and policy initiatives, and in understanding evaluation principles and practices is important. The Manager needs to be experienced and comfortable with public speaking and willing to represent the Bureau and the Department in meetings, panel discussions and public events as appropriate.