The Department of Health (DOH) is creating regional offices that will provide additional infrastructure to implement our agency priorities and support health across Washington State. These positions are part of a 2-position team that supports a DOH regional office. Each regional office will have a Regional Medical Officer and a Regional Coordinator. The Regional Medical Officers will be physicians licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine in the state of Washington.
Under the general supervision of and in support of the Chief Science Officer (CSO) and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases, our Regional Medical Officers will partner with local health and Tribal leaders to guide and support key science, health, and medical needs across the regions and state. The Regional Medical Officers will provide public health recommendations to promote the health, safety, and well-being of Washingtonians by understanding and serving as a trusted partner in their assigned regional area and the state as needed. They will also support the work of local health officers by providing backup, connecting them with DOH resources, and offering subject matter expertise.
Our Regional Medical Officers will also support the Secretary of Health in serving on a team of primary science experts on public health issues. These positions are responsible for being versed in the latest science, public health practice, and medical knowledge, and helping implement evidence-based initiatives in their regional area. As a team, they may also provide subject matter expertise to work outside their regional areas by drawing upon a diverse background of experience in public health domains including behavioral health, environmental health, informatics, communicable diseases, and others.
Our Regional Medical Officers will partner with all sectors of the public health system in support of key agency and local priorities. These positions will serve as a key liaison within their region to Department of Health staff and between external health partners and organizations to advance priority work as needed.
Region 1 – Central Corridor (Counties: Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan, Kittitas, and Grant)
Region 3 – South Gorge (Counties: Klickitat, Yakima, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific, Lewis, and Thurston)
Region 4 – Northwest Waterway (Counties: Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom)
We are in the process of identifying a location or a small collaborative workspace in each of the 4 regional areas. The official duty station for these positions will be at this regional location once determined, likely a shared space with another state agency or community organization. Incumbents will have the ability to determine for themselves how and where they need to work in order to get the work done well. This may include working from home, DOH office locations, and a large part of the time working directly with our partners in their space.
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Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
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The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
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Applicant Profile (Required Qualifications)
Doctor of Medicine from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy in the United States, or an equivalent degree from a foreign medical institution.
Completion of three (3) years of medical residency program/patient care training with preference given to preventive medicine or primary care-related training programs. Note: a residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body for the American Medical Association (AMA) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington, by start date or within 30 days of hire.