Corrections Health Medical Director
Multnomah County, OR - Oregon

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Multnomah County Health Department is seeking a full time physician to serve as Medicine Medical Director for Corrections Health. Board certification/eligibility in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or other relevant specialty required. The Health Department provides health, mental health and dental care to all detainees in the county corrections system. The Medical Director works with other physician and mid-level provider staff to provide direct clinical care to adults and juveniles in custody. In addition, this position provides clinical leadership and oversight to the program for quality improvement, care standards, and participates on the Corrections Health Management Team for oversight of operations, personnel, budget, and service delivery. This Physician/Medical Director reports to the Health Department’s Health Officer as well as the Corrections Health Director.

Additional information: A 5% premium for Corrections will be added to this salary and a background check for security clearance by the Sheriff's Office is required.

The Health Department is seeking physicians comfortable with caring for the medically indigent, enthused about cross-cultural medicine, and oriented toward preventive health. Experience with the public safety system, addicted population, multi-system health care needs and unstable chronic diseases are desirable. The ideal candidate for this position will be a strategic and innovative thinker with substantial clinical knowledge and experience. This position is not a J-1 visa or HB-1 opportunity.

About the Health Department: “Healthy People in Healthy Communities”
The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) is Oregon’s largest public health department and has provided health services to county residents since 1860. As part of its array of services, MCHD operates seven primary care clinics, a specialty HIV clinic, and three Correction’s Health clinics within Multnomah County’s correctional facilities. In 2011, MCHD provided services to over 60,000 clients in its primary care clinics, and 1,400 inmates at its maximum security, medium security and juvenile facilities.

MCHD health care services include medical, dental, and prenatal care; disease management for chronic illnesses; behavioral health services; corrections health; family planning; pharmacy; school based health services targeted for children and adolescents; specialized care for HIV-positive individuals; and preventive services such as well-child health care, immunizations, and nutrition services. By integrating these health services, MCHD provides clients with continuity of care while improving operational efficiency and maximizing health improvements for special populations.
MCHD has adopted the patient-centered medical home as its primary mode of delivering health care to our under-served populations.
Our vision is that clients enjoy improved health outcomes through a team-based approach that is proactive, patient-centered, and relationship-based.

About Corrections Health

Corrections Health is a part of Multnomah County Health Department. It provides medical, dental and mental health care services at the county’s two adult jails and one juvenile detention facility. It provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The adult jails and youth detention center have a combined capacity of about 1,400. Corrections Health serves 35,000+ inmates and youth yearly. Adult inmates’ average length of stay in jail is about 13 days. Many detainees have lengths of stay of a few days; some are sentenced for up to one year. The most common health needs facing inmates and youth are mental health diagnoses, chronic diseases, and addiction to alcohol and drugs.

About the Area
In recent years, the Portland Metropolitan area has been featured in several national publications as one of the most livable and desirable areas in the country.

Portland, the City of Roses, is the largest city in Multnomah County. It is populated by friendly people and surrounded by breathtaking beauty. Its residents enjoy clean air and streets and are recognized for a long-standing commitment to the environment and protecting quality of life. Arts thrive in Portland’s culturally rich community. Cultural attractions include theater, opera, ballet, symphony, concerts, festivals and many galleries and museums. Portland is recognized for its world-class restaurant scene and has been named the best city in the world for street vendor food. The city has a robust public transportation system, and is one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities.

The County’s population has grown substantially in recent years to 748,000. The population of the entire metro area is 2,300,000. More information about the Portland metro area is available at and

Multnomah County Governance and Workforce:
Multnomah County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners, consisting of four non-partisan members elected from designated districts, and the Chair of the Board, who is elected at large. In addition to legislative leadership, the Chair also provides executive direction as the County’s CEO. The County workforce of about 4,500 regular employees provides a wide variety of services to the community through nine County Departments including libraries, social services, health clinics and regulatory health services, supervision/custody for juvenile and adult offenders, criminal prosecution, land use and transportation and law enforcement for unincorporated areas.

To Qualify:
Required: Graduation from an accredited school of medicine. State of Oregon physician’s license and ability to obtain credentialing approval. Ability to pass a criminal background check
Strongly Preferred: Demonstrated experience in a correctional setting

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Proven leadership and skills and the ability to plan, organize, execute and direct Skilled communicator (written and oral) with the ability to negotiate for agreement while balancing diverse points of view
Demonstrated ability to work with ambiguity
Demonstrated ability to translate policies into operational processes and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of policies and operational needs
Specific knowledge of Corrections Health
Knowledge of health care delivery systems, including how to integrate delivery systems to achieve clinical quality, administrative effectiveness and cultural competence
Experience working in a complex system with culturally diverse workforce and clients
Interpret and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures
Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations Applications will be screened for minium qualifications upon receipt.

The Application Packet:
Please email your CV and cover letter to Health Recruiting at , or mail to Health Human Resources, Attn: Keith Hathorne, 421 SW Oak Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

Supplemental Information:
For more information please contact Jeannie Chesney, Interim Corrections Health Director at (503) 988-6175 or Shannon Goulter, Operations Administrator, at (503) 988-4825.

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