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State of Massachusetts Clinical Health Consultant - Contractor in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamicClinical Health Consultantto work with the Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood (DPIE) within the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition (BFHN) to support grant activities between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) on the Preschool Development Grant (PDG), led by EEC. The goal of the PDG, a federal grant administered by the Administration for Children and Families and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is to promote the healthy growth and development of children from birth to age five by providing high quality programs and resources for families and communities. The Clinical Health Consultant will provide clinical health and safety consultation and expertise, with a specific focus on the birth to five population, to support attainment of EEC’s grant goals and deliverables. The Clinical Health Consultant will take the lead on the health and safety deliverables of the grant, specifically bringing this lens to the project’s: 1) needs assessment, strategic plan, and implementation processes, and 2) the development of a Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program. The Clinical Health Consultant will coordinate with other staff who bring relevant health and safety expertise to meet goals and objectives and ensure family voice and racial equity are integrated through project components and activities. Primary responsibilities include researching needs, proposing recommendations, and supporting implementation of a Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program for the Department of Early Education and Care’s early education and care child programs. Additional responsibilities will include meeting planning, facilitation, documentation and follow-up related to the development of the Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program, as well as supporting ongoing communication with all parties involved. Secondary responsibilities include providing coordination, communications and reporting, and dissemination of information related to health and safety topics to support grant activities, and researching, cataloguing, and supporting access to materials from related DPH projects, trainings, and resources to support PDG deliverables. /_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/ * * · Primary Responsibility: Child Care Health and Safety Consultation Program o Lead and/or participate in a PDG workgroup on the Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program, and provide meeting planning and agenda development, facilitation, and logistics as requested. Coordinate and support planning of internal DPH PDG stakeholder meetings related to health and safety topics and Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program. o Spearhead the research and review of community/workforce needs and existing clinical health/child care health consultation models, provide recommendations to help the EEC/DPH PDG project team develop an appropriate Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program; and support implementation of the program in Massachusetts. Deliverables to include, but not limited to: + Literature reviews; interviews with key state staff who supported previous and current consultation programs; and interviews and/or landscape analysis from other states, the workforce, and families to document existing health and safety consultation models and existing health and safety needs of families and staff including capacity/training. Produce report of findings. + Use findings report to provide consultation and expertise to EEC/DPH PDG project team on a Child Care Health and Safety Consultation model. If requested by EEC, lead the drafting of a consultation model outline and/or identification of an existing consultation model to adapt and adopt, as well as identification of broader policy recommendations. + Coordinate and support the development and implementation of the selected model for the Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program including establishing communication channels between the Consultation program, EEC, and DPH staff and experts. Draft consultation program outline, implementation plan, and workplan. · Secondary Responsibilities: o Provide health and safety guidance, consultation, and expertise with EEC and DPH across the grant workstreams: needs assessment, strategic planning, Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program, and other health and safety related deliverables to maximize workforce support, family engagement, and dissemination of best practices. Respond to inquiries from EEC and other PDG partners to provide information on DPH programs, activities, and data related to early childhood and child care health and safety. o Review BFHN’s existing materials on health, developmental health, social emotional development, social determinants of health, and mental health specific to infancy and early childhood, developed with technical assistance from various DPH programs and offices. Analyze effectiveness of these resources and catalogue for the planned Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program and other grant deliverables, accessing DPH expertise on current and emerging materials to make necessary updates. Produce catalogue of resources. o Participate in PDG Interagency Advisory Workgroup and other related groups as needed, to ensure effective report-back to DPH, timely follow up on assigned tasks, information-gathering, reviewing materials, and decision-making related to health, safety, and the Child Care Health and Safety Consultation program. o Participate, as directed, in meetings to promote alignment across PDG and DPH Division/Unit programs and identify opportunities for coordination and shared learning. * * * *Preferred Qualifications: * Clinical pediatric and/or family practice experience, particularly with children ages birth to five years old; degree in nursing, physician’s assistant, or similar degree. * 5 years professional work experience. * Knowledge of medical terminology and best practices. * Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health. * Professional experience and/or knowledge of Massachusetts’ early childhood education and care mixed delivery system. * Experience with project management and program implementation. * Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; experience with qualitative data collection methods. * Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. * Commitment to family and community engagement. * Commitment to racial equity. * Knowledge of the methods of general report writing. /_Contract Period of Service:_/January 2024 – December 30, 2025,/(Renewable subject to appropriation)./ · _Additional Contract Information:_ * Benefits are unavailable with the exception of sick leave accruals. * Contracts are renewable, subject to the Department approval, performance, and allocation of funds. * All employees will be paid on a biweekly basis and must have direct deposit. // // /__/ /_About the Department of Public Health: _/ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages, and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. /Learn more about our important work:/ *Pre-Hire Process:* A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Request Form. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #4 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: None. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Medical Services* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Clinical Health Consultant - Contractor Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street Requisition ID: 240001VH