Cessation System Consultant

Recruitment #210311-UNCX-121


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Cessation System Consultant providing support to Center for Chronic Disease, Prevention, & Health Promotion. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34002238) in state government, located in Oklahoma City. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $52,847.00, based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
The purpose of this position is to support the Oklahoma Tobacco Control Program goals, objectives, and activities to expand availability and promotion of comprehensive, barrier-free insurance coverage for evidence-based cessation treatment (e.g., through Medicaid plans), increase engagement with healthcare providers and health systems to expand delivery of evidence-based cessation treatment (including referrals to the state quitline), and educate and engage stakeholders and decision makers on evidence-based strategies to increase tobacco cessation. This position will develop and implement statewide initiatives to enhance the utilization of evidence-based strategies to increase tobacco cessation, tobacco cessation benefits, and coverage of the benefits, enhanced systems to increase utilization and develop return on investment (ROI) reports.  The Consultant will also serve as the point of contact for key partners including the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, NAQC workgroup, and the ACS workgroup.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Serve as first line content expert and point of contact for Public-Private Partnerships to ensure Quitline sustainability and ensuring access to evidence-based services for all tobacco users wanting to quit tobacco. Assist the Oklahoma Tobacco Control Program with developing, implementing and maintaining strategies and models aimed at public/private partnerships to include increased cost shares, enhanced cessation benefits with private insurers and suggested policy changes within Medicaid provided benefits.  Conduct cessation coverage assessments, developing a plan, implementing the plan and building support through return on investment evaluation. 

• Train, educate, and engage OSDH county health department and other systems staff, health systems, stakeholders, and partners on cessation benefits and coverage, evidence-based cessation practices and treatment (including referrals to the state quitline), tobacco control best practices and social norm change.

• Maintain and enhance program knowledge, skills and abilities to include the following topics: Knowledge of the insurance industry, knowledge of the Affordable Care Act recommendations, tobacco cessation coverage in general, Insurance Marketplace, cost share models and experience working with private and public entities and return on investment.

• Support the Oklahoma Tobacco Control Program goals, objectives, and activities set forth within the CDC Tobacco Cooperative Agreement and the State Tobacco Control Plan.

Education and Experience
Bachelor Degree in public health, community health, social work, health behavior, kinesiology, non-profit management, public administration or other related field.  Three or more years of experience in project management, implementing and coordinating community outreach, working collaboratively with community partners, resource development, education, training, strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring the progress of the project.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Human Relations, Social Work, Behavioral Health, Community Health, Kinesiology and Health Studies, Health Behavior, Public Administration, or Non-Profit Management. Insurance benefits coordination and human resources experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Key knowledge, skills and abilities  include the following:  Evidence-based strategies to increase tobacco cessation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing, understanding of different insurance plans, including managed care plans (PPOs, HMOs, POS) and indemnity plans, major purchasers of insurance, knowledge and understanding of the health insurance industry language and terminology, knowledge of comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits and the ability to develop project plans and a long term action plan for the state of Oklahoma. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.
Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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