Feb 14, 2018
Michigan Public Health Institute
Center for Healthy Communities (CHC)
Public Health Improvement Associate
The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) at Michigan Public Health Institute is hiring! We have posted a Public Health Improvement Associate position which will primarily work on SIM CHIR and Title V for the immediate future. Our ideal candidate has experience in system-level improvement – conducting needs assessments, guiding planning activities, coaching quality improvement, etc., and knowledge/experience within local/state public health systems.
Apply at https://www.mphi.org/careers/
Purpose: The Public Health Improvement Associate position provides expertise, consultation, and
technical support for a variety of public health projects within the Center for Healthy Communities
(CHC). The Public Health Improvement Associate comprehensively supports public health projects from
development to implementation and reporting, including internal support within project teams and
communication and support to external partners and stakeholders.
This position will involve interacting with a variety of partners and stakeholders in implementing
public health improvement and innovation. The Public Health Improvement Associate will foster
collaborative learning networks and will be involved in coaching and supporting cross-sector teams
in quality improvement and health innovation initiatives. The position requires a dynamic
individual with strong facilitation skills who will engage in collaboration with staff, external
partners, and clients.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Implementation of Project Activities: Provides autonomous and proactive support to a variety
of public health projects. Applies assessment, planning, evaluation, quality improvement, and other
tailored frameworks within community-based settings from start- up to closeout, including project
design, implementation, ongoing reporting, and final summary. Independently prepares and reviews
project-related documents, trainings, and other written materials as needed. Supports all projects
in a dynamic, responsive manner. All other duties as assigned.
• Support of Community Partners: Contributes to the development, design, and creation of
products and processes that support public health partners with implementing assessment, planning,
evaluation, quality improvement and other specialized improvement projects. Develops and
coordinates presentations, facilitation, and coaching activities, as appropriate. Exercises
professionalism, skill, and comfort in interfacing with community partners, clients, and potential
• Continuous Learning: Remains current on emerging best and promising practices in public health
improvement, health innovation, healthcare practice and policy, and community health programming.
Identifies community/public health system needs and identifies promising solutions at the system,
agency, program, and practice level.
• Involvement in Project Development: Remains current on literature in areas that are relevant
to the program (CHC), public health systems and partners, and current projects. Participates in
project development activities, including the identification, conceptualization, writing and
production of proposals. Conducts and writes literature
reviews to inform proposals. Identifies, creates, and nurtures relationships with partners and
identifies opportunities for collaboration on potential new projects.
• Administrative/MPHI Responsibilities: Corresponds with team members, clients and
subcontractors, funding agencies, and project partners on an ongoing basis. Travels as needed both
in-state and out-of-state. Maintains a positive, strong, credible, professional interpersonal
relationship with all parties of MPHI projects, and represents the best interest of MPHI at all
Education: Master’s degree in relevant field (i.e. public health, education, public administration,
sociology, or other degree areas) strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree with comprehensive and
relative experience may be considered.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience in public health-related setting including community
and health system transformation/improvement, group facilitation, and collaborative initiatives.
Important Skills and Characteristics:
• Ability to work under pressure and develop solutions to meet tight schedules without
compromising project goals or contract requirements.
• Ability to interact at a high level with project staff, project partners, and key
stakeholders to achieve common interests.
• Ability to communicate well with all types of partners.
• Strong leadership and analytical skills.
• Ability to complete project tasks independently and request support and oversight from
project lead/coordinator as needed.
• Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with
providers, federal and state agencies, co-workers, management, and individuals from a wide array of
cultural, political, educational, socio-economic, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds;
communities; and state and federal agencies.
• Understanding of frameworks for community assessment, quality improvement, and/or strategic
• Professional, courteous, dependable, and strong attention to detail, with strong customer
• Ability to analyze project needs and reprioritize tasks on an ongoing basis – both of self
and of team members.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communications skills with demonstrated
experience facilitating group processes.
• A positive attitude and professional demeanor; interest in learning and mastering new
information and skills; flexibility and adaptability to a fast-paced work environment.
• Maturity, self-awareness, and accountability are required to execute this position.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Must be able to work in a standard office environment,
including working with PCs for the majority of the work day. The job requires minimum to moderate
physical lifting of materials and equipment of 50 pounds or less, and requires viewing a CRT or VDT
60% to 80% of the time. May require valid vehicle operator’s license and/or travel. Occasional
in-state travel required (less than 10%).