Public Health Consultant - PN 20014211
Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
 Columbus, OH

To protect and improve the health of all Ohioans

by preventing disease, promoting good health,

and assuring access to quality healthcare.

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The Ohio Department of Health's Bureau of Health Improvement and Wellness

is seeking one (1) candidate to fill our available Public Health Consultant position.

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The Ohio Department of Health is dedicated to providing public health leadership and services throughout the state. Through our many bureaus and offices, we address a variety of public health challenges, including:

  • Preventing and controlling of the spread of infectious diseases;
  • Providing direction, support, and coordination in preventing, preparing for, and responding to events that threaten the public's health;
  • Building strong communities to enable Ohioans of all ages and abilities to live disease and injury-free;
  • Addressing health inequities and disparities, and supporting access to comprehensive, integrated healthcare for all;
  • Assessing and monitoring environmental factors that potentially impact public health;
  • Assuring quality in healthcare facilities, healthcare services, and environmental health through smart regulation.

Our Department is comprised of a diverse and inclusive workforce committed to public health and public service. We invest in each employee through a competitive total compensation package (including medical, dental, and vision insurance), annual wage increases, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness incentives, work-life balance, and promotional opportunities. In addition, the Ohio Department of Health is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

We seek passionate, high-performing candidates, innovative thinkers, and professional and courteous service providers—if this sounds like you, continue reading below to learn more about this opportunity!

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Official Position Description

20% - Acts as a program consultant for Ohio's Violence and Injury Prevention Section (VIPS) by performing the following duties related to prevention of falls among older adults: Provides technical assistance to injury prevention subgrantees in planning, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive population-based programs; monitors and identifies community health issues pertaining to falls among older adults and promotes evidence-based injury prevention strategies to grantees and local partners; monitors and evaluates local program initiatives, projects and grants (e.g., develops and maintains records of progress toward attainment of program objectives) through site visits, phone contacts, mailed survey instruments to ensure compliance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved project objectives and state Injury plan. Develops content expertise in injury prevention concepts and principles, particularly as they relate to fall prevention strategies. Develops and coordinates health information, health education and health promotion activities designed to reduce health risk and promote healthy lifestyles; assesses training needs and develops and delivers training.

60% - Coordinates the overall implementation of a large statewide coalition, the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership (OIPP), and coordinates assigned OIPP action groups (e.g., OIPP Leadership Team, Falls among Older Adults and Professional Development and Capacity Building Action group); maintains regular communication with work group members; assists group in fulfilling their objectives; manages and updates membership list(s); works with the OIPP leadership to develop meeting agendas. Identifies and coordinates involvement of state and community partner groups (e.g., voluntary organizations, businesses, media, educational institutions, government agencies, community organizations) and facilitates partnerships with various communities (e.g., schools, faith-based communities, work sites, personal care providers) to implement and reinforce health promotion programs & projects; Assists program manager in the development of policy, codes, regulations and legislation pertaining to VIPP programs; tracks measurable health objectives. Assists program manager in developing survey and evaluation plans and methods to monitor and evaluate the efforts of the injury prevention subgrantees and assess program/project outcomes; develops and assists supervisor in developing program reporting tools and survey instruments to assess partner and professional activities related to VIPP goals and objectives); uses available data and collects needed data to produce reports on subgrantee accomplishments; prepares & maintains other required records & reports.

5% - Assists supervisor in preparing or prepares grant applications (e.g., estimates funding needs for personnel, travel, equipment &/or screening services; projects/summarizes objectives, activities, evaluation process, education, tracking & follow-up activities), monitors and evaluates spending and assists in preparing or prepares budget estimates; reviews grant applications to determine appropriateness for funding; schedules, coordinates and/or chairs grant review process; recommends approval/disapproval of grant requests or budget revisions for local projects; writes conditions of grant funding. Coordinates subgrantee review process for competitive and continuation cycles. Develops request for proposal (i.e., RFP) and announcement of availability of funding to interested providers; coordinates proposal review and selection process under guidance of supervisors. Develops new &/or reviews/revises existing service contracts; reviews and approves contract invoices.

15% - Provides technical assistance to stakeholders (e.g., reviews & responds to complaints &/or inquiries from health care professionals, program participants, government officials & the public); coordinates distribution of newsletters and/or prepares articles for inclusion in newsletters; develops communication strategies and action plans. Serves as resource and on leadership team to represent VIPS; provides guidance to coalition leadership, develops Ohio-specific injury prevention materials for stakeholders and VIPS publications, researches evidence-based prevention programs and policies and develops dissemination strategies for Ohio. Conducts research/literature reviews and/or attends training, seminars and conferences to keep abreast of trends and legislative changes and other developments affecting assigned area(s) of expertise and to expand knowledge & acquire/expand skills; operates personal computer to enter and retrieve data and/or generate documents; provides work direction and/or training to other employees assigned to work on given project/program. Develops and implements special projects related to injury prevention as assigned (e.g., coordinates contracts to implement Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths and Injuries {STEADI} into primary care settings, expand availability of Stepping On in community settings and other projects as assigned). As assigned, serves as a member of a disaster recovery/business resumption team, incident response team, or similar public health response team which may include the conduct of operations on a 24/7 basis at remote locations.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of graduate core coursework in public health, health care, health administration or related field; 6 mos. exp. in providing direct service &/or consultation in a public health, community health, hospital &/or clinic setting, to include exp. in program evaluation, grant review, developing & presenting training programs & in facilitating &/or working collaboratively with coalitions or groups; must be able to provide own transportation.


  • Completion of undergraduate core coursework in public health, health care, health administration or related field; 18 mos. exp. in providing direct service &/or consultation in a public health, community health, hospital &/or clinic setting, to include exp. in program evaluation, grant review, developing & presenting training programs & in facilitating &/or working collaboratively with coalitions or groups; must be able to provide own transportation.


  • Equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.

Major Worker Characteristics

Knowledge of: (1) budgeting, (11a) public relations, (13b)

• agency policies & procedures (e.g., GAPP and CDC requirements), (14)

• government structure & process (e.g., relationship between local, state, & federal government), (21) social sciences (e.g., health education & health behavior theory)

Skill in: (25b) word processing (e.g., MS Office software), (29) equipment operations (e.g., personal computer & office software)

Ability to: (30k) understand a practical field of study (e.g., injury prevention, health education, health behavior, socio-ecological theory), (30l) define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions, (30m) interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals, & manuals, (32l) maintain accurate records, (32q) understand manuals & verbal instructions, technical in nature, (32t) use proper research methods in gathering data, (34c) cooperate with co-workers in group projects, (34f) handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public

(*) Developed after employment

Must be able to provide own transportation.

Educational Transcript Requirements

Official educational transcripts are required for all post-high school educational accomplishments, coursework, or degrees claimed on the application. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript prior to receiving a formal offer of employment. Failure to provide transcripts within 5 working days of being requested will cause the applicant to be eliminated from further consideration.

Please note that a transcript is considered “official“ only if it is an original copy from the educational institution and includes an institutional watermark, ink stamp or embossed stamp. Transcripts printed from the institution's website will not be accepted. ODH reserves the right to assess the academic credibility of an educational entity's award of a putative degree.