The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is seeking applicants for a Public Health Program Director 2 to serve as Regional Substance Misuse Response Coordinator.
We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated, organized and dedicated individual to help address one of the greatest health crises in a generation—the substance misuse epidemic. 1,818 Tennesseans died from drug overdose in 2018. The epidemic is complex and turning the tide will require a multi-faceted and coordinated approach of prevention, response, treatment and harm reduction. Join the team of public health professionals fighting for the healthiest Tennessee!
Our Mission is “To protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.” TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for each citizen in the state including: emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities, and inspection of food service establishments. In this context, TDH is serving as the convener for community stakeholders to create common ground to collaboratively turn the tide on opioid abuse.
The primary responsibility of this position is to identify and build multi-sector partnerships in the region for effective response to the substance misuse epidemic. Work with other substance misuse response agencies across the most highly impacted areas of the state as well as the High Impact Area (HIA) Project Manager at Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Central Office. Develop a program model for evidence-based opioid response activities and identify and monitor performance measures to evaluate interventions. This position will stay abreast of data, policy, and programs related to opioid response at the state and local levels and participate in workgroups and monthly calls with HIAs statewide to share progress and current data. Support community stakeholders in developing and implementing projects related to opioid response.
In collaboration with Regional and Metro teams, lead and promote prevention and harm reduction strategies to address high risk opioid use in the community
Facilitate the development of a region-wide strategic plan to address the opioid epidemic and provide guidance in development of workable plans, identify gaps, and measure progress
Work with partners, coalition members, and the Regional and Metro Epidemiologists to establish baseline metrics
Identify evidence-based practices for screening health department clients for opioid use disorders and providing recommendations for implementing effective prevention programs at the health department, when feasible
Work with Regional and Metro Epidemiologists to enhance surveillance activities for opioid overdoses and deaths in the region, including identifying and recruiting new sources of data on opioid overdoses and deaths, to assist in targeting resources and measuring the impact of prevention activities
Research best practices for opioid prevention and advise the health departments and community partners on evidence-based practices to address the opioid epidemic
Identify and designate resources needed to operationalize the regional Tennessee Department of Health Opioid Overdose Outbreak Response Plan
Develop and promote resources for referrals to treatment
Monitor local, state, and federal legislation to determine the impact of proposed legislation on program operations
Supervise the preparation of grants and administer grant funds to support opioid prevention initiatives in the region, assuring that grant requirements are met and that required reports are accurately prepared and submitted as require
Coordinate and build relationships with local, regional, state, federal, and national stakeholders involved in substance abuse, misuse response, and harm reduction efforts to ensure appropriate project management and to consider challenges, devise innovative solutions, and recommend corrective actions when necessary
Partner with local, regional, and state agencies and other stakeholder organizations including, but not limited to, academic centers, professional associations, community-based organizations, medical providers, substance abuse treatment providers, and various non-profit organizations, to identify gaps and create solutions
Research, coordinate, and conduct educational sessions for healthcare providers and the community on opioid use disorders and prevention strategies in region
Working with Public Information Officers (PIOs), community partners, and coalitions, increase awareness of opioid use disorders and steps to prevent death in the event of overdose.
Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Health, Public Health, or Business
A minimum of 5 years professional experience in Health, Public Health, project management, or business
At least 2 years of full-time supervisory work OR statewide program management
Experience in project management (business, management, budgeting and analysis)
Experience in quality improvement and team-based collaborative improvements
Experience in managing projects in a health-related field
Understanding of the healthcare organizations or health practice in Tennessee
Excellent communication and computer skills
Hold a Master’s degree in Education, Health, Public Health or Business
Understanding of the current epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse
Professional experience in healthcare organizations or health practice in Tennessee
Experience working with grants and contracts
Experience in National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Structure (ICS)
Experience in coordination of emergency response activities
The Tennessee Department of Health is a state agency with the mission to protect, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve your community in public health, consider joining the TN Department of Health. We are dedicated public servants and are passionate about partnering with our communities to help reach their health goals. The TN Department of Health employs Administrative Professionals, Information Technology Support Specialists, LPN’s, RN’s, Epidemiologists, Health Educators, Environmentalists, Dieticians, Nutritionists, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Physicians, Community Outreach Workers and more. If you are passionate about health and serving your community, We Want You!