State Medical Director
Under the general direction of the Director, the Medical Director serves as the public health lead on the executive team of the State’s Health and Human Services agency. The Medical Director is responsible for agency-wide planning, coordination, and implementation of health policy. The position takes a broad perspective to develop innovative solutions to complex problems and interacts routinely with agency leadership and staff, various community organizations, other state agencies and elected officials on behalf of Director and the agency. The Medical Director performs advanced managerial work providing direct operational oversight, while assisting the agency as a whole in advancing best practices. Manages a broad range of responsibilities, including coordinating public health policy across HHS programs; overseeing, coordinating, and communicating health care and public health delivery systems; providing clinical perspective for protective services policy, advancing agency-wide health disparities initiatives; and supporting healthcare quality data initiatives throughout HHS System. Oversees disease surveillance and emergency response and preparedness functions of the agency, as well as continuous improvement work designed to achieve improved client service outcomes.
The Medical Director will join the agency during a time of change and will engage in an executive-level assessment of programmatic functions, as the Departments of Public Health and Human Services become a new agency. The Medical Director must demonstrate leadership in change management and have experience representing the agency to external audiences.
Assists in policy development, including analyzing and advising the agency Director together with the State Epidemiologist on implications of policy decisions, at the state and national levels. Serves as a trusted advisor to key decision makers, providing education, clear information and outlining the implications of policy changes.
Represents the agency on task forces, committees, at conferences, and other entities on behalf of the Director. Provides support for clinical recruitment efforts and educational/training opportunities to further develop a strong clinical public health workforce in Iowa.
Performs other duties as assigned by DHHS Director, including in an emergency or disaster response.
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