Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
UW Medicine's mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's.
UW Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Director, Healthcare Equity to provide transformational leadership to design and implement a multi-year strategy to improve healthcare equity and reduce disparities for the patients we serve. Duties will include strategic planning, program development, and coordination of activities among multiple stakeholders, staff, and clinicians from across UW Medicine, UW School of Medicine, and other UW departments. Establish training resources, programs, events and policies to create an environment that supports diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of the UW Medicine workforce. Work with the communities we serve to better learn their needs and engage them as partners in identifying and addressing care equity opportunities. Develop and implement strategies to promote healthcare equity for all patients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, language, religion, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and socioeconomic and mental/physical status.
The UW Medicine Healthcare Equity Initiative is a multi-year initiative launching in 2017, co-sponsored by the UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer and Chief Health System Officer. The Director reports administratively to the Director for Strategic Planning & Clinical Integration in the Office of the Chief Health System Officer, and partners closely with the Medical Director, Healthcare Equity reporting to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Leads strategic and operations planning for a multi-year, comprehensive approach to improving healthcare equity and reducing healthcare disparities across UW Medicine clinical sites. Conducts ongoing assessment of current state operations, local and national best practices, and industry trends. Develops and implements appropriate structures and processes to support work across the organization.
Establishes and facilitates a multi-disciplinary Healthcare Equity Steering Committee to advise on strategic goals and measures of success, and the Healthcare Equity Advisory Council to promote broad perspective gathering and cross-institutional collaboration.
Provides administrative oversight to Healthcare Equity initiatives across UW Medicine. Coordinates activities among UW Medicine administrative offices, UW Medicine clinical sites of practice, UW School of Medicine and other UW schools, departments and offices to meet strategic objectives and plans, with emphasis on cross-system solutions. Maintains accountability for on-time and high-quality implementation of infrastructure, tactical, and other operational work processes to achieve plans.
Ensures effective integration of plans across UW Medicine clinical sites to meet strategic goals in most efficient manner, reducing unnecessary duplication and optimizing capital and personnel investments. Translates strategic plan to local level, working with entity point of contact on successful implementation of plan/tactics. Identifies barriers to implementation of plans and oversees process improvement processes addressing barriers.
Communicates pertinent information regarding plans, activities and metrics to the Chief Health System Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Executive Directors, Medical Directors, and other key stakeholders. Partners with communication offices to create internal and external communication plans and products. Works closely with Quality, Finance, IT and other offices to develop standard metrics, reports and dashboards. Reports annually on all of the ongoing efforts and outcomes under this initiative and distribute broadly across UW Medicine.
Serves as primary administrative leader and contact for Healthcare Equity at UW Medicine. Builds and maintains positive relationship with internal and external stakeholders. Actively participates on UW Medicine committees as assigned and represents UW Medicine in community forums and outreach efforts as appropriate.
Oversees financial, personnel and other resources.
9-10 years of professional experience in health care management with demonstrated track record of success in progressively responsible assignments and leadership positions
Master's degree from a recognized college or university in Health Administration, Nursing, Public Health or related field.
Prior experience in healthcare disparities quality improvement, community engagement for healthcare process improvement, or population health management required.
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as demonstrated through prior work or service activities.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.