Public Health Improvement Associate Position -

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.

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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 
service orientation.
•     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%).

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