Louisiana State Office of Rural Health (SORH) Grant Manager
Louisiana Department of Health/Well-Ahead Louisiana
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: $59,446 - $88,213 DOE
Paid time off
Internal Number: SORH2021
This position is located in the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access (BCDPHA), branded Well-Ahead Louisiana (WAL). Well-Ahead Louisiana is responsible for improving the health of Louisianans by preventing and/or controlling chronic disease and relevant risk factors by promoting policy, systems and environmental changes, as well as healthy behaviors and education, utilizing evidence-based interventions and leveraging resources through collaborative public and private partnerships to maximize health outcomes for our residents. The strategic approach is to provide a state level support infrastructure paired with targeted community level investments under the Well-Ahead Louisiana (WAL) brand.
This position is located in the Healthcare Access Division and has responsibility of administering the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) Program for Well-Ahead Louisiana. This position will provide direct health systems development technical support to rural and underserved areas for the purpose of expanding community health systems through: healthcare services expansion; economic development initiatives; provider network development; and resource development initiatives. This position will work with community representatives, i.e. healthcare providers, members of the business sector, social service agency representatives, and government officials who are interested in collaborative efforts focused on access needs and demands, and using these assessments to generate developmental activities such as community-based strategic planning initiatives that result in improved access to primary healthcare services. This position will also translate local development initiatives and needs into public policy recommendations that further the advancement of ensuring access to health services in rural and underserved areas.
40% Grant Management
Administers and directs all aspects of the State Office of Rural Health Program. Identifies needs, resources, and proposals for rural health initiatives through conducting studies, preparing reports, meeting with government officials, professional, consumers, and other concerned individuals.
Works to increase access to primary and preventative healthcare services in rural and urban underserved areas by providing direct technical support to communities for the purpose of developing the following:
Additional clinical capacity through the creation of additional federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals, and other primary care health services that are essential to the delivery of primary care services in the community.
Community-based health networks that include a cross section of local community providers and representatives working to integrate local healthcare service in their community.
Developing community outreach programs that meet specific primary and preventive needs of the community and special populations within the community.
Provides direction on health systems development technical support to eligible communities that will include but is not limited to:
Developing a statewide approach for administering the community development technical support.
Formulating long and short-range plans and policies for the community program.
Evaluating the effectiveness of the community development work and improving the process based on the evaluation.
Translating lessons learned in the field in to global education opportunities for the state.
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health Officer. Meets with federal staff on issues of healthcare in rural and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Administers the State Office of Rural Health Program, including:
Interpretation of federal regulations, development of the data base instrument for collection and reporting of data, monitoring of budgets, issuance and monitoring of contracts to fulfill functions of SORH.
Supervises planning, evaluation and research on rural health initiatives. Includes technical assistance provided to local communities in determining the economic impact of rural healthcare providers utilizing specialized software and data on the community’s population, providers, economics, etc.
Oversees the coordination of rural grants and initiatives. Serves as principal advisor to rural community leaders and agencies in analyzing healthcare needs. Works with community groups to develop proposals to provide access to healthcare areas lacking medical facilities and medical professionals.
Manages the SORH budget including tracking of monthly expenses and ensuring contracts are executed properly and tracked. Ensures all fiscal, contractual, and personnel standards and requirements are met for the program, and that all opportunities for inter and intra office collaboration are explored and facilitated. Continue identifying possible revenue sources to support the overall work and goals of the SORH program, the Division of Healthcare Access programs, and Well-Ahead Louisiana.
30% Team Leadership
Provides supervision for SORH Program staff. Assigns and monitors work of staff. Assesses staff competencies; provides direction for increasing individual and team competencies; and assures that staff is provided appropriate training.
Demonstrate exemplary leadership for the Bureau’s Culture of Excellence, Culture of Wellness, vision, mission, values, ground rules, standard operating procedures and brand guidelines.
Demonstrate a high level of independence, problem solving skills, time management skills and ability to execute expectations with minimal supervision.
Recognize and celebrate team and team member accomplishments and exceptional performance.
Conduct regular performance assessments for all direct reports; provide guidance to direct reports in conducting performance assessments of staff they supervise.
20% Community Health System Development
Assesses community health system needs statewide and provides support to communities to meet these needs, while working in conjunction with other units of the Bureau to assist communities in securing the appropriate resources to make necessary changes within the community’s health system.
Works to develop clinical capacity in the form of federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals, and other primary care health services models that are essential to the delivery of primary care services in the community.
Works to develop health networks or collaborative projects in communities that strive to increase access to local healthcare services through integration, service expansions partnerships, outreach programs designed to reduce health disparities, achieving economics of scale among multiple healthcare providers, and reducing the duplication of services; and designs statewide and/or regional education opportunities that are related to cross-cutting health systems development issues that communities face when trying to provide access to primary care services.
5% Rural Health Legislation and Policy Monitoring
Tracks state and federal policy and legislation relevant to primary care and rural health. Works with state officials and communities to identify public changes that are needed to further community health system development needs. Generates reports based on data collected throughout the health system assessment process for policy makers that document the need for new or revised public policy and funding.
5% Other duties as assigned
Some statewide travel required
Bachelor’s Degree is required. MS/MPH/MHA/MBA preferred.
Experience managing federal grants is required.
Experience in Rural Health Policy required.
Prior project management experience required.
Prior experience working with community organizations and partnership development is preferred.
Prior experience with health information technology, telehealth, and/or Project ECHO is preferred.
About Louisiana Department of Health/Well-Ahead Louisiana
The Well-Ahead Louisiana State Office of Rural Health (SORH) integrates population health strategies within rural communities, supports the development and sustainability of rural care facilities, and advances access to care through innovation. Almost half of Louisiana is rural, and at Well-Ahead, we provide support to address rural communities’ unique healthcare needs.
Rural communities are faced with accessibility challenges, a limited number of healthcare providers and health disparities. Well-Ahead acts as an anchor of information and support for rural health professionals, hospitals and clinics and coordinates communication, education, collaboration and innovation among these community leaders to improve the health of Louisiana’s rural residents.