The Director of the Division of Family Health and Wellness is responsible for oversight of 30 prevention and safety net programs administered by the Division in order to promote optimal health for the people of the state of Tennessee, including:
Title V Director, Maternal Child Health Block Grant: Oversee the administration and implementation of the block grant to promote the health and wellbeing of women and children. Requirements include regular stake holder meetings, regular needs assessment, and annual update and review of action plans with associated performance measures. MCH priority areas include: reduction of infant and maternal mortality, access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for women, and facilitation of family-centered, community-based systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs. MCH programs also include lead screening and follow up, newborn screening, and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome surveillance program.
Reproductive and Women’s Health: Medical Director responsible for administration and implementation of breast and cervical cancer screening program, prenatal presumptive eligibility registration, rape prevention education, abstinence and sexual risk avoidance, and the federal Title X grant funding for comprehensive family planning services across the state of Tennessee. Activities include review of clinical and administrative protocols, communication and clarification of clinical guidelines, and assurance of fiscal and administrative grant requirements.
Early Childhood Initiatives: Oversee the administration of evidence based home visiting, targeted case management and early childhood comprehensive systems. Administration of Children’s Special Services payer of last resort and care coordination program as part of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs Section. Administration of newborn screening follow up, childhood lead poisoning prevention, and perinatal regionalization programs. Facilitate Genetics Advisory Committee and Perinatal Advisory Committee. Facilitate development of an integrated care coordination program Community Health Access and Navigation in Tennessee (CHANT) in all county health departments to identify infants with high risk of infant mortality and connect those families with needed social and medical services.
Supplemental Nutrition: Oversee administration of the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, commodity and supplemental food program, senior farmer’s market and cross cutting breastfeeding initiatives across the state of Tennessee. The WIC program serves 140,000 Tennesseans each month. WIC also generates approximately $100M revenue for local grocery store vendors.
Injury Prevention and Detection: Serve as Child Fatality Review Committee co-chair and Maternal Mortality Committee chair. Oversee grant funded initiatives in Violence and Injury Prevention, SIDS/SUID Prevention, Infant Mortality Reduction Initiatives, Maternal Mortality Reduction Initiatives, Traumatic Brain Injury services coordination and prevention.
Chronic Disease and Health Promotion: Responsible for promotion of physical activity, improved nutrition and decreased tobacco usage through CDC Chronic Disease and School Health Grant, Tobacco Prevention and Control program, Project Diabetes state funded initiatives, and Preventive Health Block Grant. Coordination with local and regional health departments on built environment work, school health, tobacco prevention, and substance abuse prevention.
Other duties of the Assistant Commissioner include:
Oversight of 140 staff, substantial budgetary responsibility, over 300 outgoing contracts to community entities, and management of 25 incoming grants.
Strategic Planning and execution of health priorities across the state, including priority areas of promoting physical activity, decreasing tobacco use, decreasing obesity and decreasing substance abuse.
Guide the Division in the selection, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies that align with the Maternal and Child Health Block grant and department priority areas.
Develop public health capacity for effective strategic planning, funding utilization, and evaluation
Represent Division at TDH Medical Leadership team meetings as needed.
Present to local, regional, state, and national groups as requested on topics relevant to section work.
Partnership and coordination with external agencies and community partners to improve health outcomes in key areas including breastfeeding promotion, infant mortality and maternal mortality reduction, neonatal abstinence syndrome, adverse childhood events, and emerging health threats.
Support rapid public health quality improvement initiatives.
Ensure equitable allocation of available funds particularly to groups or geographic regions disproportionately burdened by poor health outcomes.
Education: MD or DNP, MPH (preferred)
Must have or be eligible for active, unrestricted TN medical license
At least 10 years of clinical and administrative experience
Internal Medicine, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Med/Peds, or Preventive Medicine
Experience with public health and community-based systems, particularly related to maternal and child health, tobacco and obesity prevention
Vision for systems approach to promoting health
Leadership experience in community assessment, partnerships and programs to address social determinants of health and health disparities
Experience with grant applications and reporting
Experience in management of interdisciplinary teams
Experience in communications with media and high level stakeholders including governmental and community partners