Job Posting for John Snow Incorporated: Quality Advisor – Older Adult Falls

Title: Quality Advisor – Older Adult Falls

Organization: John Snow Incorporated for MDPH’s Wellness and Prevention Trust Fund

Brief Summary of Position:

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) seeks a full‐time consultant through June 2017 (contingent on funding extensions) to deliver services to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)’s Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). JSI seeks highly motivated and dynamic individuals to assist MDPH in implementing an innovative health and wellness initiative. This first‐in‐the‐nation effort is part of a $60 million fund created by the Legislature and administered by the MDPH to help fight chronic illness and improve health outcomes on the community level while reducing health care costs. More information about PWTF can be found at:

The Falls Quality Advisor will be responsible for coordinating the PWTF Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative to support the eight PWTF Partnerships funded by MDPH in the implementation of Several evidence‐based interventions to reduce the incidence of older adult falls. The interventions include: the CDC’s STEADI toolkit in the clinical setting and A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Home Safety Assessments in the community setting. Based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s model for Quality Improvement (QI) learning collaboratives and with input from the PWTF and DPH staff, the Falls Quality Advisor will develop a plan for executing the learning collaborative. The Quality Advisor will be responsible for engaging with several external subject matter experts; the falls leads from the eight PWTF partnership teams; DPH falls program staff; DPH PWTF staff and the leads for the other three condition‐specific collaboratives (asthma, hypertension, and tobacco). The goals of the collaborative are to: provide QI support to teams for successful implementation of interventions and facilitate shared learning to accelerate improvement.


  • Development of a Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative including a strategic plan, goals, and timeline for implementation;
  • Coordinate with PWTF staff to ensure the Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative activities are aligned with other condition collaboratives (hypertension, tobacco, and asthma) and overarching PWTF program goals;
  • Facilitate data‐driven QI and sharing of best practices and strategies to address common challenges;
  • Develop or assist in the development of training, tools or resources to support collaborative participants;
  • Coordinate external trainings for collaborative participants;
  • Serve as the primary contact for collaborative participants and lead for PWTF falls initiatives;
  • Engage several subject matter expert (SME) consultants including: drafting scopes of work and contract conditions; oversight of their work; coordination of their roles and communication among SMEs and with partnership staff;
  • Convene meetings among SMEs to ensure alignment and consistent approach;
  • Coordinate Falls Prevention Learning Collaborative meetings and any presentations related to falls for PWTF meetings;
  • Perform other duties as needed.


  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to be effective in a fast‐paced environment.
  • Understanding of the principles of Quality Improvement. Experience implementing these principles in the clinical or community setting is preferred. Formal QI certification preferred (e.g. CPHQ).
  • Background and/or experience in public health or other health environment.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes as the program/staffing evolves.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with challenging people to build relationships while providing feedback.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with persons from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous ongoing projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in health, public health or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience with older adult falls is preferred.
  • Understanding of community partnerships is preferred.

For more information about the PWTF, click here.

For more information about JSI Research and Training Institute, click here.

To apply:  Send resume and cover letter to:

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