Health Planner
Mid-America Regional Council - Kansas City, MO

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This is a professional position with a high degree of responsibility in the support and implementation of initiatives under the Regional Health Care Initiative. The person in this position performs complex professional, technical and administrative duties related to the management of specific programs and projects to improve health care (defined as primary care, specialty care oral and behavioral health) for the uninsured and medically underserved. This position requires frequent internal and external contacts that require considerable public relations skill in handling. Work is performed with a collaborative team perspective, however competent independent decision making is critical. There is direct interaction with professionals across health care, behavioral health, oral health and safety net disciplines (primary care providers, hospital administration, mental health providers, substance abuse providers, EMS providers, health information exchange organizations, vendors, other health care businesses, pharmacies, non-profit organizations, the general public and other public/private agencies.) The position requires strong project design, project management skills and data analysis skills. General direction is provided by the Director of the Regional Health Care Initiative Program.

The position requires responsible, professional level work involving coordination to enhance primary care, specialty care, oral health, and behavioral health services through system and program level improvements in the Kansas City region. The Health Planner is responsible for facilitating meetings and supporting program development and implementation with safety net clinics and, safety net provider committees, behavioral health organizations and committees, primary care providers, hospitals, behavioral and oral health organizations and other public and private health-related agencies.

The Health Planner works with the Director of the Regional Health Care Initiative to oversee the management and execution of local grant funds and participates in the development and writing of new local, state and federal grants. The Health Planner is responsible for developing relationships with funding agencies and assisting with the reports and deliverables that meet grant requirements.Â

illustrated examples of work The following represents the essential functions of this position. Additional duties may also be assigned and be essential to the successful performance of this position.
  • Support regional committees by working with chairs to develop meeting schedules, agendas, background information and meeting facilitation to help local providers reach decisions.
  • Facilitate and lead discussions around regional plans to improve health and behavioral care for the uninsured and medically underserved.Â
  • Prepare presentations for stakeholders as needed.
  • Work as a member of a collaborative team in the development, writing and reporting of local, state and federal grants.
  • Foster and sustain necessary relationships to further system change in the health, oral health and behavioral health care systems.
  • Gather, review and analyze health related data to facilitate data based decision making.
  • Represent the Regional Health Care Initiative at various organizations, committees, and events related to the uninsured and health care for vulnerable populations.
  • Assist safety net providers in the development of systems of support such as joint purchasing, staff training, health information technology, etc.
  • Assist committees and providers in the development and design of new programs to facilitate increased access or capacity of the safety net system of care.
Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, non-profit management, public safety, social work, health care administration or equivalent required with a minimum of 5 years of successful and progressively responsible related work experience.  Master’s degree strongly preferred. Additional requirements:  knowledge of health and behavioral health care systems; excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills; ability to deal with diverse constituencies; grant writing and grant management experience ; experience working with committees or boards; strong organization and project management skills; understanding of information technology solutions; understanding of data analysis and statistical application;, attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple demands.Â

Technical Knowledge: Â Works with local health care providers and vendors to design solutions to complex problems that meet regional health and behavioral health care program and information technology needs.

Project Management Skills: Â Ability to work with local health care and behavioral health care leaders to design and implement projects that address system wide issues, develop and manage budgets, report on project’s status and resolve problems or issues.

Collaboration: Â Works with others toward common goals; demonstrates respect for others; shares ideas; listens to other’s opinions and incorporates ideas into team decisions.

Facilitation: Â Works with local health, behavioral health and oral health providers to frame issues and solve problems through consensus building processes.

Self-Starter: Â Takes independent action within his/her scope of responsibility;Â looks for opportunities for innovation and improvement;Â is receptive to new ideas and information;Â Â looks for opportunities to learn from others or on-the-job and applies new skills and knowledge to daily work.Â

Compensation Position to be filled as either a Planner II or Planner III, with annual starting salary of $42,514 to $60,835, DOQ, with comprehensive benefits package. MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. For more information about the program and to apply, please visit our website at www.marc.org/jobs .