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Job Title: Maternal, Child and Family Health Division Director
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 5/21/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA   
Compensation: Dependent on experience and range of salaries for similar positions in City govt
Position Description: The Director for Maternal, Child, and Family Health will be responsible for: • Managing existing programs in the Division, including those listed in the section above; • Managing a home visiting program for high risk infants; • Leading efforts to establish a central intake hub for infant home visiting programs for the entire city; • Serving as the lead the for promotion of access to and utilization of contraceptive services and prenatal care in Philadelphia; • Managing the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, a process to learn from and prevent future perinatal and infant fatalities; • Leading the implementation of A Running Start – Health, the agency’s strategic plan to improve the health of young children, which will involve collaboration with a wide range of other City agencies, such as the Department of Human Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, as well as nonprofit organizations focused on children; • Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the Title V federal Maternal and Child Health program.

Qualifications: We are looking for a leader with: • An understanding of the determinants of the health of women and children, and the ability to articulate a vision and strategy to promote their health • The ability to lead collaborative efforts with diverse partners to attain common goals • Experience and skills in managing programs to promote the health of populations • Strong written and oral communication skills • Experience taking the lead in writing federal or state grant applications • Skills in data analysis and in using quantitative data for decision- making • Ability to provide administrative and budgetary oversight to the division • At least six years of experience working on maternal, child, or family health issues.

Candidates should have graduate degree(s) in medicine, public health, or a related field.

Organization Description: The Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (MCFH) has the lead responsibility to improve the health of childbearing women and help every child in Philadelphia get a healthy start in life. MCFH oversees the federally-funded Healthy Start initiative and Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V) from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Other key programs involve promoting breast-feeding, providing home visiting for high-risk infants, coordinating perinatal care with social services in department health centers, conducting maternal and child fatality reviews, and surveillance for congenital infections and birth defects. MCFH currently has a budget of approximately $6 million in local, state, and federal funds. However, the Division’s reach is greater than these funds and programs, because MCFH works collaboratively with many other governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and health care providers with similar missions to improve the health of women and children. For example, to help the City’s most vulnerable infants, this Division is currently leading a group to establish a central intake hub for many existing home visiting programs. In addition, the Department has developed a collaborative strategy to improve the health of children under the age of five, called A Running Start – Health, which guides initiatives to reduce sleep-related deaths, developmental delays, obesity, asthma, and injuries. Among other initiatives coming from this strategy, the Division launched a Baby Book Club in the summer of 2018. Finally, the Division is strengthening its ability to measure and evaluate health initiatives with stronger data systems. In particular, the Department of Public Health is conducting a local version of the CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, which will provide invaluable data for improving prenatal and infant care. And the Department is establishing a ground-breaking population-level surveillance system for early child development, based on standardized screening results from electronic health records..

Closing Date: 8/21/2019
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Contact Name: Caroline Johnson,  Maternal, Child and Family Health Division Director
Contact Location:

Philadelphia   PA  
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  Philadelphia   PA  
Contact Phone: 215-686-9095 
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How to Apply: Send electronically: a resume, the names of two references, and a relevant writing sample to: Caroline Johnson, MD MPH Acting Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health c/o Jean Ottis 215-686-9095

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