The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the role of Health Program Assistant 2 to work within the Practitioner Investigations Unit (PIU). PIU is part of the DPH Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch. The work done within the section helps support the Mission of the Department.
The Mission of DPH is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring:
- The conditions in which people can be healthy;
- Preventing disease, injury, and disability; and
- Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.
The Health Program Assistant 2 is expected to work independently and as part of a team to investigate complaints against licensed healthcare professionals to determine potential violations of laws, regulations, or standards of care identified in statute that affect public health and safety.
The selected candidate will be responsible for:
- Managing an investigation caseload and collecting evidence in the form of legal documents, witness statements, and other forms of evidence;
- Conducting site visits to determine the validity of the complaint or determine the extent of non-compliance;
- Analyzing evidence, maintaining activity logs documenting case work, writing detailed investigatory reports, and preparing materials for expert review;
- Exercising discretion in handling confidential information; and
- Speaking before large groups, providing technical assistance and or providing testimony.
This is a full time, 35 hour per week, Monday through Friday position where flexible/alternate work schedules and some telework is available. This position is based out of Hartford.
We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
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- Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
- Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joe Fried via email at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state health program or project, this class is accountable for compiling and interpreting fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, developing and implementing program plans and monitoring and evaluating a state health program or project for the purposes of quality assurance and compliance with State and Federal laws.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
As with all jobs in the generic health program series the exact duties vary considerably depending on the nature of the program and the current stage in its life cycle. Typical examples of work performed at this level include:
assists in the preparation of sections of state health plans or special federal or state program plans; gathers fiscal, programmatic, census and other kinds of needed data from complex calculations and interpretations; reviews program grants requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; monitors programs using site visits when necessary; assists in the preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; prepares information for public distribution; may serve as staff to a task force or committee; may answer general informational questions for the public; may serve as a liaison between the program or project and specific people or organizations for the purpose of keeping information flowing; may assist in epidemiological investigations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including the changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; knowledge of the changing aspects of socio-medical philosophies; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in the field of health; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in health care program administration, a health systems agency or other health care organization in at least one of the following areas:
1. grant writing or monitoring;
2. formal program planning, development, management or evaluation;
3. or program consultation.
For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Health Program Assistant 1.
Note: A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing health programs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (l5) semester hours equals six (6) months of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public health, health education, hospital administration, or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Program Assistant 1 may substitute for the General and Special Experience.
- Experience working in the healthcare field with licensed health care providers and familiarity with legal and regulatory issues that impact healthcare and licensed healthcare providers in the areas of patient safety and process improvement;
- Experience reviewing medical records and applying statutes, regulations, or rules;
- Experience obtaining information through questioning and/or making observations;
- Experience independently writing professional correspondence and reports that document facts and convey analysis of facts; and
- Experience using a personal computer, working with databases, and proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite including TEAMS.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.