The Project Manager will support Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care (Bridging the Gap), a 5-year initiative that aims to improve access to high-quality care and reduce disparities for vulnerable and under served populations with type 2 diabetes in the United States. The initiative promotes inter-sectoral collaborations that bring together stakeholders from inside and outside the health care system to address disparities in health outcomes. The University of Chicago serves as the National Program Office (NPO) for Bridging the Gap, and works in collaboration with its funder, the Merck Foundation. The project manager will work with the NPO team to manage the administration of the programmatic elements of Bridging the Gap and conduct a rigorous cross-site evaluation of program. The NPO will collaborate with the Foundation, grantees and a network of strategic partners to promote innovative strategies to improve diabetes care among vulnerable populations, disseminate the work and findings of Bridging the Gap, and provide leadership and vision that meaningfully contributes to the national discourse on health equity.
The Project Manager will also work closely with another initiative, Finding Answers, to develop and deliver an effective program of technical assistance designed to disseminate best practices for the integration of disparities-focused payment reform and health care delivery reform interventions into real world practice. The project manager will help to synthesize complex findings from the grants program and systematic reviews into clear and simple solutions for technical assistance clients. This includes opportunities to co-author papers submitted for competitive review and to develop training curricula, best practice and lessons-learned summaries, procedure manuals, and additional TA products. Technical assistance will be primarily directed toward teams made up of employees from state Medicaid agencies, payer organizations, and healthcare delivery organizations. It is possible that the program will expand its future scope in the future.
Dissemination and Translation Activities Management:
Coordinate the design and implementation of products and tools that draw upon lessons learned from Bridging the Gap grantees, and prior technical assistance programming which contain findings that have the promise to reduce healthcare inequalities in racial and ethnic minority populations, and to improve overall quality of care.
Coordinate the design and delivery of products and tools that draw upon lessons learned from Finding Answers grantees and systematic reviews.
Examples of delivery methods include webinar-based training, in-person and phone-based technical assistance and direction to state Medicaid agency, payer organization, and healthcare delivery organization team members.
Frequently engages in writing-intensive activities, and work closely with all members of the Bridging the Gap and Finding Answers teams to distill details of grantee interventions to create educational materials and implementation manuals that will be usable by organizations seeking to replicate the Bridging the Gap and Finding Answers program findings or grantee interventions to translate them to larger scale settings.
Examples of specific dissemination and translation activities may include:
Creating and disseminating tool kits and other hands-on intervention implementation resources.
Creating and delivering webinars on specific model interventions and best practices.
Revising the program web site to create a more user-friendly and interactive dissemination resource.
Presenting at meetings/conferences about successful approaches to reduce disparities.
Academic Research and Writing Management:
Conduct thorough academic reviews of the scientific published and unpublished literature as assigned for Bridging the Gap, Finding Answers, and other health care disparities research programs in the Department of Medicine and CHeSS.
In conjunction with the Bridging the Gap Directors and Deputy Director and the Finding Answers Director and Deputy Director, refine and revise broad research questions into manageable research hypotheses and aims.
Utilizing these hypotheses and research aims, conduct literature reviews and summarize clear and concise findings.
Actively participate in team meetings. Assist as a co-author on scientific journal articles, including the development and maintenance of literature databases utilizing Endnote software.
General Program Management and Administrative Support:
Interact with internal and external customers in a professional and courteous manner.
Communicate effectively in both a written and oral format with a broad range of individuals within and external to the University of Chicago community.
Meet regularly as a member of the interdepartmental team.
Work independently and within teams on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects, ensuring that the project progresses according to specified time parameters associated with the various stages of the project.
Coordinate appropriate project support staff.
Assist administrative support staff, including the development and implementation of Web conferences and annual meetings/conferences.
Assist program leadership in preparation, review, and production of various externally focused brochures, reports and Web conferences.
Faxing, filing, deliveries, copying, data entry, and other duties as assigned.
Provide coverage for administrative support staff, when needed.
Impeccable problem-solving/analytic skills with an ongoing attention to detail required.
Excellent proven writing and editing skills and ability to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language required.
Excellent proven verbal communication and presentation skills required.
Superb organizational, time management and prioritization skills and proven experience coordinating a variety of activities in a timely manner required.
Strong project and people management skills required.
Proven skill in working both independently and in a complex team environment required.
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and to deal effectively with people in potentially stressful, time-sensitive situations and in the face of potentially challenging interactions required.
Experience at negotiating in order to accomplish goals required.
Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Tolerance for ambiguity required.
Demonstrated computer literacy and computing skills sufficient for effective use of diverse managerial and administrative computer applications, technical writing, word processing and spreadsheets required.
Occasional weekend or evening work hours required.
Ability to travel to national meetings and conferences (approximately .05 FTE on average) required.
Ability, with proven experience, to interact effectively with at least one subset of target populations and communities of Bridging the Gap or Finding Answers preferred.
Proven skill in providing consultation and technical assistance to a variety of health care initiatives and organizations preferred.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred.
Three years of relevant health or health services research or technical assistance delivery experience required.
Four years of relevant health or health services research or technical assistance delivery experience preferred.
Working knowledge of health care and health outcome disparities and policy issues preferred.
Experience with or knowledge of health care research preferred.
Experience writing for a Web-based audience preferred.
Experience managing projects with external vendors preferred.
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