Consultant Sought: Alliance for Community Health Integration

MPHA seeks a consultant to support the development, coordination, and action of the Alliance for Community Health Integration, an emerging coalition that seeks to impact the way the Massachusetts health care system addresses social determinants of health.

Background

The Massachusetts Public Health Association came together with an initial set of eight partner organizations in early 2016 to develop a stronger shared vision and greater collective influence in health care policy that promotes attention to the social determinants of health.

With a broad array of public and private sector leaders actively exploring mechanisms to link health care, prevention, and equity there is opportunity now.

The Alliance for Community Health Integration seeks to 1) articulate a shared vision and set of goals for how the health care system could more powerfully impact social determinants of health, 2) promote greater alignment in support of this vision among community leaders, public health leaders, consumer advocates, and social service providers, and 3) build greater collective political influence to impact health care policy making in the service of our vision.

In order to transition from the Alliance’s current conceptual phase to a more mature campaign, we must put in place several building blocks that were identified though our conversations with thought leaders and funders over the last year, including community engagement, policy analysis, and coalition development.

The initial Alliance members included MPHA, Health Care For All, Medical Legal Partnership Boston, Children’s Health Watch, Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, Partners for a Healthier Community, Boston Public Health Commission, and Boston Alliance for Community Health. The Alliance will be growing our membership beginning in early 2017 and beginning to build toward a clearly-articulated Alliance policy agenda by mid-2017.

Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible for leading or supporting the following activities:

Policy and research

  • Follow and summarize relevant policy developments and action opportunities at MassHealth, the Health Policy Commission, and other key policymaking bodies.
  • Act as point person to develop Alliance positions and actions.
  • Attend public meetings and hearings.
  • Develop fact sheets and other advocacy materials as needed.
  • Research and summarize national best practices, recommendations, and case studies.

Capacity building

  • Collaborate with Alliance members and partners to develop educational materials and trainings for a variety of audiences to build knowledge of health system transformation and opportunities to impact social determinants.

Coalition development

  • Provide strategic guidance on Alliance activities and strategy.
  • Support and coordinate Alliance meetings and sub-committees.
  • Support the development of effective governance and engagement structures and strategies for Alliance members.
  • Support the meaningful engagement of a diverse array of Alliance members, including state policy organizations, grassroots community-based organizations, social service agencies, and others.
  • Support fundraising efforts.

Application Guidelines

Please include the following information in your response:

  • Resume
  • 1-2 writing samples demonstrating facility in translating complex policy concepts into understandable and actionable text
  • A cover letter summarizing:
    • Your knowledge of Massachusetts health system transformation
    • Your experience in advocacy or organizing to address social determinants of health, health equity, and racial justice
    • Your experience managing diverse coalitions or collaboratives
  • Hourly rate or other compensation requirements

Hours and Expected Timeline

Initial contract of 8-12 hours/week for six months, with potential for expanded scope of work and/or contract extension.

Submit

Please submit responses to Rebekah Gewirtz, MPHA Executive Director (rgewirtz@mapublichealth.org) and Maddie Ribble, MPHA Director of Public Policy & Campaign Strategy (mribble@mapublichealth.org). Submissions will be accepted until the consultancy is filled.

Preference will be given to applications received before January 20th