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Job Title: Program Manager
Job Number: JR05214
Organization: The University of Chicago
Posted: 5/31/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Care - General
Industry: Other
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Chicago,  IL    USA
Position Description: The Program Manager will work closely with the Advancing Health Equity team to develop and deliver the latest iteration of the program; Advancing Equity Through Aligning Medicaid Managed Care Plans, Providers, and States.

The program will include a learning collaborative and technical assistance activities directed at state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care plans, and healthcare organizations/systems. The program is designed to discover and disseminate best practices and healthcare policy recommendations for the integration of disparities-focused payment and health care delivery reform interventions into real world activities to reduce health and healthcare disparities.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required.

Masters degree preferred.

Three years of relevant health or health services research or technical assistance delivery experience required.??

Four years of relevant experience providing consultation services and technical assistance programming to state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations, and/or healthcare delivery organizations preferred.

Working knowledge of health care and health outcome disparities and policy issues preferred.

Experience with or knowledge of health care research preferred.

Experience writing for a Web-based audience preferred.

Ability, with proven experience, to interact effectively with at least one subset of target populations and communities of Finding Answers and health disparities research and implementation efforts of the University of Chicago preferred.

Experience managing projects with external vendors preferred.

Organization Description: Since our founding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2005 under the name Finding Answers, we have pursued the goal of health equity by maintaining a focused commitment to eliminating health and healthcare disparities. In 2018 we changed our name to Advancing Health Equity, but our mission remained the same - identifying practical steps to help everyone have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Between 2005 and 2014, we managed a $16 million portfolio that funded evaluations of innovative projects across the country aimed at reducing health care disparities. We also produced numerous systematic reviews of interventions to reduce disparities. We established best practices as a leader in the field and developed the Roadmap to Reduce Disparities. Finally, we provided technical assistance to health care systems pursuing the goal of health equity.

Integrating Payment and Health Care Delivery Reforms to Achieve Health Equity

Most organizations need a strong business case to justify the time and energy needed to sustainably address disparities in patient care and health outcomes. Payment reform may be a solution, but payers and health care organizations are unsure how to design payment models that support and incentivize achieving health equity. In 2014, we funded three grantees that aimed to reduce disparities through care transformation and payment reform.

Aligning Key Stakeholders to Achieve Health Equity

The activities of policy makers, payers, enrollees, communities, and healthcare delivery organizations to achieve health equity must be aligned if they are to be effective. We currently partner with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation and the Center for Health Care Strategies to collaborate with state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care health plans, and healthcare delivery organizations. The collaboration is focused on designing value-based payment and contracting models that support and incentivize healthcare delivery transformation to reduce and eliminate disparities in health and healthcare.

The tools on our website capture the program’s main lessons learned and best practice recommendations so that health care and payer organizations can successfully reduce disparities via quality improvement and payment reform effort

More information can be found at

Closing Date: 9/3/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Scott Cook,  Program Manager
Contact Location: 5841 S. Maryland Ave.
MC 2007 / Room B208
Chicago   IL  60637
United States
Contact Location: 5841 S. Maryland Ave.
  MC 2007 / Room B208
  Chicago   IL  60637
  United States
Contact Phone: 773-702-2864 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: Apply through the University of Chicago job seekers website at US/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Program- Manager_JR05214

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Web Site Delete Date: 9/3/2019