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Job Title: Public Health Planning Consultant
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Organization: Institute for Public Health Innovation
Posted: 1/16/2024
Type: Contract
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Washington,  DC    USA
Position Description: ImmunizeVA is a statewide coalition of immunization stakeholders representing medical, public health, and nonprofit professionals, as well as parents and community members. Members are united in their commitment to the coalition’s vision of a future where the quality and length of life of Virginians are not impacted by a disease that could have been prevented by immunizations. We work together to improve immunization coverage across the Commonwealth. ImmunizeVA is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI). Founded in 2009, IPHI is the official public health institute serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and one of over 40 such institutes within the National Network of Public Health Institutes ( IPHI creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for populations and communities across the region. With an emphasis on health equity, our work strengthens service systems and public policy; enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress.

Project Overview and Goals A growing and organized anti-vax movement, longstanding healthcare inequities, and the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic have created significant risks for the spread of vaccine preventable diseases across the country. Although Virginia has historically had higher rates of vaccination than the national average, Virginians are not immune to these threats. A statewide immunization plan will respond to new and recurring challenges by: ? Identifying opportunities to reduce vaccination disparities and strengthen immunization infrastructure and practices across Virginia. ? Providing evidence-based and data driven strategies and guidance to eliminate inequities and increase immunization rates. ? Encouraging innovative problem solving and resource sharing among a diverse range of immunization stakeholders to address challenges. ? Motivating immunization stakeholders to work towards shared goals and drive collaboration across sectors and communities

The Virginia Immunization Plan (VIP) will be a 5-year plan that combines data and feedback from stakeholders to outline statewide goals and strategies to improve immunization rates across the lifespan. ImmunizeVA will facilitate the development of the Plan.

Proposed Process Input will be sought from healthcare providers and organizations, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, community members, faith-based organizations, school systems and institute of higher education, health plans, tribes, advocacy organizations, and others committed to raising immunization rates. Feedback will be collected through a survey, 5 regional focus groups across Virginia, and 15 stakeholder interviews. In addition, existing data and best practices will be compiled to inform the development of the plan from local, state, tribal, and national partners.

Scope of Work The consultant on this project will work closely with staff members and an Advisory Committee to develop a statewide immunization plan. The VIP should reflect the diverse perspectives and voices of Virginians across the Commonwealth. With guidance from the VIP Advisory Committee, the contractor will develop data collection/assessment tools, collect input from diverse communities across Virginia, and draft a plan that identifies assets, gaps, priorities, strategies, and a timeline. The work will be conducted in the three phases listed below, each with distinct deliverables.

Phase 1 – Planning and Development A consultant will work with IPHI staff members and an Advisory Committee to finalize a plan for data collection and develop data collection instruments. Survey instruments should focus on identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to immunization rates in Virginia. Key deliverables: ? A finalized work plan for data collection with timeframes and deadlines for each activity. ? A survey instrument. ? A key informant interview guide and questions. ? A focus group facilitation guide and questions.

Phase 2 – Data Collection A consultant will implement the data collection plan through the facilitation of at least 15 key informant interviews, 5 regional focus groups, and the dissemination of a statewide survey. The people sampled through the various data collection methods should be representative of the diverse perspectives and experiences of Virginians across the Commonwealth. They will analyze the data and present the findings to the Advisory Committee and to the Coalition members/the public. Key deliverables: ? Data from survey responses. ? Transcripts from 5 focus groups. ? Transcripts from 15 key informant interviews. ? Data analysis and report of findings summarizing key themes, trends, and other notable findings. ? Development and facilitation of at least two presentations on findings; one to the Advisory Committee and one to the Coalition members/the public.

Phase 3 – Virginia Immunization Plan Development. The consultant will work closely with IPHI staff and the VIP Advisory Committee to translate the findings from the data collection into a statewide plan. The plan development process should include the facilitation of at least one public forum to provide input on a draft before it is finalized. Key deliverables: ? An outline of the VIP. ? A comprehensive and complete draft of the VIP to present to partners and the public. ? Facilitation of a public forum to collect input on the draft. ? The final VIP.

Qualifications: This RFP requires a varied set of skills, experience, and knowledge. Interested applicants including both independent consultants and consulting companies are encouraged to inquire and apply even if they don’t possess all qualifications. ? Knowledge of public and population health topics, preference given to candidates with immunization knowledge and experience. ? Experience with data collection and analysis. ? Demonstrated ability to apply strategic thinking to planning processes and facilitate stakeholder participation and consensus building. ? Adeptness facilitating meetings and group processes in person and virtually. ? Cross-cultural skills and awareness related to individuals from broad backgrounds with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and individuals with disabilities, among others ? Professional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to support outreach, data collection, and plan development. ? Demonstrated ability to authentically embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the plan development process.

Organization Description: As the public health institute serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public’s health and well-being across the region. IPHI’s work strengthens health systems and policy, enhances conditions that promote health, and builds community capacity to ensure equitable health opportunities for all.

Closing Date: 4/16/2024
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How to Apply: Interested applicants should upload/attach an introductory message along with a 3 to 5 page overview of the proposed approach, proposed budget, and applicant’s qualifications and experience along with three references and past performances summarizing the scope of work to the custom question below. Applicants located in Virginia are preferred.

Additional Information: Project Timeline and Estimated Budget Open RFP Period: December 18 – January 25, 2024 Review Period: January 29th – February 9th Desired Project Completion: Phase 1 completed by March 29th. Phase 2 completed by June 30th. Phase 3 completed by September 13th.

The funding ceiling for proposals will be $70,000. IPHI welcomes proposals of all cost ranges that reflect reasonable cost and value. We would like to start this engagement no later than February 26, 2024.

Selection Criteria IPHI will select the consultant based on the following weighted consideration: Proposed approach, methods and timeline (40%); experience and past performance (40%); and proposed budget (20%).

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