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Health Equity Manager

Oregon Primary Care Association, Portland, Oregon

Job - Health

Close Date: 08/15/2020

Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is a nonprofit membership association for all of Oregon’s community health centers (CHCs), also known as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Our mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all.

OPCA promotes diversity and inclusion in our workplace by engaging with diverse communities and making space for candidates of color in our hiring practices. We celebrate both individual contributions and powerful teamwork. We thrive on innovation and collaboration. We support one another as healthy human beings who balance work with the rest of life. Join our team as we lead the community health center movement with passion, vision, and courage to advance OPCA’s mission of health equity for all.

OPCA seeks a Health Equity Manager who develops and implements programming to support Community Health Centers (CHCs) and key partners, in promoting upstream investment and health equity in Oregon. Through program development, policy analysis, and safety net communication, this position works to link health equity and community engaged strategies, the policy environment, and primary care transformation. This position manages health equity-related programming, and collaborates on implementation of policy strategies.

A health care professional with ongoing lived or professional experience demonstrating a commitment to diversity, and an understanding of race/ethnicity, poverty, and other upstream drivers of poor health.

Your passion for health equity drives your self-motivation to move work forward. Your ability to think strategically and deliver technically allows you to combine an understanding of high level organizational and team goals with an impeccable attention to detail in your daily work. As a collaborative relationship builder with strong communication and project management skills, you work closely with your team and other thought partners.

• Expertise and/or lived experience working with and advocating on behalf of racially/ethnically diverse communities
• Experience in the healthcare field
• Expertise with social needs, social determinants of health and health equity.
• Experience in the Medicaid payment environment, ideally with Community Health Centers
• Some experience or familiarity with Oregon’s policy environment
• Project and program management experience
• Communications and/or marketing experience
• Ability to think strategically and deliver technically
• Knowledge, skill and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of personalities and organizations
• Ability to work well in a professional yet fun team environment, including respect for different styles and personalities; enthusiasm for collaboration, communication, and celebration.
• Ability to work with diverse partners and leverage areas of expertise.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to self-direct with a high degree of organization.
• An ability to work with people who think, act, look, and/or live in a manner different from one’s self.

• Create project management work plans, design and lead in-person and online trainings, and provide support to help CHC staff, Board, and at times patients, understand opportunities in the health equity policy landscape.
• Collaborate closely with other program teams to ensure policy opportunity is delivered through cross organizational programs related to health equity.
• Collaborate as a thought partner on OPCA CCO strategy and build knowledge base around Medicaid payment policy with a focus on changing rules/regulations under CCO 2.0.
• In coordination with the policy team, cultivate partnerships and engagement opportunities with a broad range of partners and CCOs, including representing OPCA on external workgroups.
• Collaborate with program staff to develop processes to better collect, utilize and visualize racial/ethnic disparities in data.
• Engage with clinics to identify challenges and opportunities to improve racial and health equity at the clinic level and suggest areas to further develop programming.
• Develop and maintain communication channels and materials to share information with health centers and partners about policy developments that may impact the safety net and the patients CHCs serve, and promote opportunities for the safety net to engage in public policy.
• Contribute to the development and maintenance of member relations and knowledge management tools in order to improve program evaluation, internal documentation and tracking of member information, and external communication of program-related materials.
• Support legislative needs and work together with the Policy Team to identify and implement effective strategies, timely white papers, and testimony on behalf of the safety net.

• Professional with advanced level of proficiency.
• Generally requires a Bachelor's degree and/or 3-5 years' experience or equivalent education.
• Fluency in written and spoken English required.

• Expertise and/or lived experience working with and advocating on behalf of racially/ethnically diverse communities
• Expertise with social needs/SDH data and coding
• Experience in Medicaid payment environment; ideally has worked in or with Community Health Centers

$52,000 - $58,200

To view the full job description and to apply, please visit and send your resume and cover letter in an editable format (e.g. Word).

In order to be considered, you must include the following in your cover letter:
• How your work and/or lived experience connects with health equity and OPCAs mission
• What unique or diverse perspectives you might add to a new team or organization
• Where you saw this posting

We only accept applications that follow the above electronic process. No phone calls please.

Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity.

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