An anti-racist, anti-oppressive and Indigenous equity analysis in promoting health and wellness; and
A clinical perspective, providing scientific, epidemiologic, and preventive medicine expertise and oversight throughout the Public Health Division.
This position works as a part of an interdisciplinary team that brings together efforts to modernize public health data systems to center equity and community through policy changes, institutional changes, and direct engagement with community members.
The work led by the Equity Medical Director has a direct impact on the lives of people in Oregon experiencing health inequities, including communities of color, people with disabilities and other underserved communities. The individual in this position must demonstrate an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and Indigenous equity analysis in promoting health and wellness; skills and knowledge in trauma-informed practices, including healing that responds to colonization and historical and intergenerational traumas; cultural humility; a commitment to ongoing development on managing and responding to individual and institutional bias; and knowledge and practices that support health equity, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion. The person in this position must have experience developing and implementing policies and programs that promote health equity and reduce health inequities.
The Oregon Health Authority strategic goal is to end all health inequities by 2030.
The OHA mission is helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental, and social well-being through partnership, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. OHA’s work is organized into three broad goals: Improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians, increase the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians and lower or contain the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone.
OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership.
Most of this work may be performed remotely at an alternative worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology.
What will you do?
As the Equity Medical Director, you will perform the following duties:
Serve as a subject matter expert on public health, health equity, preventive medicine, and medical epidemiology to contribute to the development of community-led and evidence-based policies that impact Oregon Health Authority.
Serve as a subject matter on incorporating and developing frameworks of health from historically excluded perspectives and experiences through data methods, statistical methods and narrative toward liberation and healing.
Participate in strategic planning related to division-wide health and racial equity initiatives and decolonizing efforts in public health data in conjunction with the State Epidemiologist and Health Officer.
Lead existing efforts and develop new methods to develop data frameworks that reflect communities and respond to community needs of data and health justice.
Provide leadership for implementation of Race, Ethnicity, Language and Disability (REALD) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy.
Serve as a trusted and effective spokesperson for media interviews on issues related to health and racial equity, community-led public health data, prevention and health promotion, chronic disease, injury and violence prevention, maternal and child health, adolescent and reproductive health, genetics, nutrition and health screening, and environmental public health issues.
Provide the medical and clinical perspective to communities, partners, and staff throughout the agency.
What's in it for you? The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.
Must meet or be eligible to meet the State of Oregon licensing requirements for a medical doctor at the time of hire and obtain State of Oregon licensure within six-months of hire.
Bilingual in Spanish and/or other foreign languages strongly preferred.
Knowledge of public health epidemiology and equity-centered approaches to chronic disease, injury, maternal and child health, toxicology, and environmental public health.
Demonstrated lived and/or working experience building and stewarding trusted relationships with diverse community groups, including communities of color, immigrant groups, Tribal governments, the disability community, and other traditionally marginalized communities.
Demonstrated experience effectively delivering culturally responsive and inclusive health care services, including evidence of ongoing personal development on unconscious bias, health equity, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion.
Experience developing and implementing strategic public health data collection systems, epidemiologic analyses, evidence-based programs, and policies through partnerships with partners, local, state, and federal officials, and national partners.
Knowledge of public health science principles and experience in research and/or epidemiology.
About Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. OHA is overseen by the nine-member citizen Oregon Health Policy Board working towards comprehensive health reform in our state.
OHA will transform the health care system in Oregon by:
Improving the lifelong health of Oregonians
Increasing the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians
Lowering or containing the cost of care so it's affordable to everyone
OHA knows what it needs to do to improve health care: focus on health and preventive care, provide care for everyone and reduce waste in the health care system.
OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health and the Oregon Health Plan. This gives the state greater purchasing and market power to begin tackling issues with costs, quality, lack of preventive care and health care access.
The Health Authority is working to fundamentally improve how health care is delivered and paid for, but because poor health is only partially due to lack of medical care, OHA will also be working to reduce health disparities and to broaden the state's focus on prevention.