Director, Safety Net Access

Long Island City, New York
Up to $97,850
Dec 12, 2018
Jan 11, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Bureau of Primary Care Access & Planning (PCAP), within the Division of Prevention and Primary Care, at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is seeking a City Research Scientist III to serve as the Director of Safety Net Access.

During this period of change in health care system, primary care is a key anchor to advance population health but the landscape is rapidly evolving. PCAP drives policy, programs and research aimed at maximizing the impact of primary care on population health, including increasing health insurance coverage and reducing access barriers for underserved populations.

Within this Bureau, reporting to the Executive Director of the Office of Health Planning and Research, the Director of Safety Net Access will lead research, analysis and development activities to improve health care access and utilization for those populations relying upon the safety net for health care services.

This Director maintains policy expertise about the primary health care system, specifically safety-net components (e.g., FQHCs and public hospital clinics).  The Director’s team will develop approaches that encourage and incentivize better access to and utilization of primary care, preventive care, prescription drugs and other critical health services.  This position will also be responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight to the nascent Consumer Engagement Unit.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead and oversee the Bureau’s portfolio of work related to primary care capacity (including safety net organizations) and improved access and utilization by leveraging and coordinating existing Bureau expertise.
    • Identify and collaborate on legislative and regulatory opportunities.
    • Lead research, analysis and development activities to improve health care access and utilization for populations relying upon the safety net for health care services.
    • Develop recommendations for new policies, programs, systems design and research.
    • Establish and maintain mission-driven relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and oversee the Bureau’s work to reduce cost and improve access to prescription drugs (including but not limited to Big Apple Rx, 340 B or Medicare Part D).
    • Oversee the implementation and ongoing operations of Big Apple Rx, the City’s official prescription drug discount card program.
    • Evaluate and draft recommendations for policies, legislation, regulations and programs, leveraging principles of systems redesign and evidence-based literature research activities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies to improve consumer navigation of health systems and culturally-centered consumer communications to improve utilization of primary care, preventive services, prescription drugs, and other key health services.
    • Provide strategic direction and lead development of the Bureau’s consumer engagement work to foster trusting relationships between consumers and health and social service providers.
  • Monitor, research and evaluate current state and federal policies, programs and market trends related to the health care system, specifically safety net components (e.g., FQHCs, public hospital clinics).
  • Evaluate and develop recommendations for federal and state policies and initiatives related to safety net services (e.g., FQHC funding, workforce programs, new health care delivery models, NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, NY State Health Innovation Plan).
  • Assist in identifying and developing relevant research grant proposals.
  • Author peer-reviewed journal publications, reports, white papers and presentations based on research results or findings.
  • Represent the Bureau at relevant internal and external workgroups, meetings and presentations.
  • Work on special projects as needed.

    Preferred Skills

  • Experience working in or with safety net health care delivery settings such as hospitals or community health centers
  • Experience analyzing and monitoring health policies and government sponsored initiatives focused on increasing access to primary, preventive, and other health care
  • Experience developing recommendations for new policies, programs, health systems designs
  • Familiarity with issues around prescription drugs, including access, pricing, 340B, formulary design, pharmacy distribution networks, pertinent regulations, and drug reform proposals
  • Knowledge of primary care, preventive care and other key health care issues such as health system capacity, provider workforce, and provider shortage designations
  • Knowledge of the potential impact of new health care reform and transformation initiatives on primary care and prescription drug access
  • Exceptional writing skills including experience authoring white papers, grant proposals, or journal publications
  • Highly organized and exceptionally detail-oriented
  • Successful experience working within tight timelines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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