National Diabetes Prevention Program Specialist

State of Utah

Full Job Description
Job Description

Do you have experience in public health? Would you enjoy working with Utah’s thirteen local health departments (LHDs), non-profits, healthcare systems and other partners to prevent type 2 diabetes in Utah? If this is you, then The Office of Health Promotion and Prevention within the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) needs you to as a National Diabetes Health Program Specialist. In this role, you will be assigned to support the Healthy Environments Active Living (HEAL) Program carrying out activities related to diabetes prevention.

The HEAL Program’s goals include preventing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke and reducing health disparities through policy, system and environmental changes. The incumbent will support multiple projects related to type 2 diabetes prevention and will rely on extensive collaboration with partners and stakeholders. You will work primarily with federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that emphasize chronic disease prevention and management.

You will coordinate and facilitate the Steering Committee for the Prevention of Diabetes, a collaborative of Utah’s LHDs, non-profits, and other organizations. Additionally, you will support contractors across the state to achieve specific outcomes related to diabetes prevention. Ultimately, your work will help reduce the number of people with Type 2 diabetes throughout the state.

This position involves facilitating large groups of public and private partners, developing and executing quality improvement initiatives in health systems and clinics, and supporting the National Diabetes Prevention Program through a variety of initiatives, campaigns, and partnerships.

Occasional travel for this position is required. Remote work is available for this position. You must be physically capable of working (teleworking or in-office) from within the State of Utah no-later-than 30 days after your start date.

As the Health Program Specialist III, you will:

Facilitate the Steering Committee for the Prevention of Diabetes to develop streamlined, cohesive and impactful statewide efforts to prevent diabetes.
Provide training and technical support to LHDs around prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Identify new and innovative opportunities to prevent diabetes and initiate new statewide efforts.
Conduct outreach to public, private and non-profit partner organizations.
Support data collection relevant to activities.
Represent the HEAL Program and DHHS in the community.
Develop and maintain partnerships with organizations that share similar goals.
May serve as a liaison between HEAL and LHDs, duties of which include supporting LHDs with monthly and annual reporting, assisting with contract negotiations, onboarding and training new staff, and serving as a resource for questions from LHDs.
Skills of Ideal Candidate:Public speaking and comfortable facilitating discussions with groups of varying backgrounds.
Ability to manage multiple projects at once and adhere to quick turnarounds.
Comfortable with abstract projects and soft deadlines.
Willing to initiate contact and collaborate with other organizations.
Works well on a team.
Able to explain complex information concisely and accurately.
Ability to organize and summarize evaluation information in a clear and concise manner.
Ability to create or update public health information in plain language to be read by the public.
Familiarity with principles of health equity, social determinants of health, etc.
Highly organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated

Required Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in public health, health education, or related field AND 2 or more years of experience in public health or related fields.
One or more years of experience managing, coordinating, or supporting public health programs or initiatives, ideally related to chronic conditions.
Two or more years facilitating groups.
One or more years convening partners from multiple organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:Master’s Degree in public health, health education, or related field.
Trained lifestyle coach and facilitated at least one full cohort of the National DPP
Experience working remotely
Bilingual; preferably speaking Spanish

Why You Should Join Our Team
This is an opportunity to make a difference. Along with the satisfaction of helping individuals, you will receive great health and retirement benefits, such as, generous paid time off so you can have a positive work life balance. Click here to view a summary of all the benefits we offer.

The Agency
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Supplemental Information
Working Conditions:

The typical office setting for this job is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. However, you may encounter some risks that are associated with any office setting, for example, the safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Standard Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Continued employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.
Physical Requirements:Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

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