Director, Center for Information Sharing and Innovation
The pandemic has provided critical and difficult lessons on how our individual health is deeply intertwined to that of our community, our nation, and the world, and how existing health disparities are quickly magnified. In a period when real time dashboards and public health data have been the constant drumbeat, there is significant opportunity to reconsider how the collaborative use of data can be a powerful tool for catalyzing the health of communities and our nation beyond the walls of our healthcare providers.
The Center for Health Information Sharing and Innovation (CHISI) at the Illinois Public Health Institute works to ensure that public health, clinical, and other data informing the social determinants of health are used to advance health equity and drive decision making for programs, policy, and systems change through improved data collection, integration, collaborative use, and dissemination. The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity, and quality of life for people and communities. The Center contributes to this work by supporting community and state-wide efforts to promote data-collaboration, break down information siloes, and make health and human service systems more accountable to the people that they serve.
During a critical period for the field of public health, IPHI now seeks nominations and applications for a Director to lead the Center for Health Information Sharing and Innovation. The Director will oversee Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), the Center’s signature initiative, which was launched and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and co-led by IPHI and the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), and will capitalize on opportunities for the initiative to deepen its impact and integrate lessons learned in partnership with communities. Additionally, s/he/they will capitalize on opportunities to connect data collaboration with renewed local, state, and federal interest and investment in public health infrastructure and community well-being in a post pandemic context. The Director will envision and plan for the next iteration of CHISI’s strategies and initiatives, including advancing ways to center community voices and perspectives in the work. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned team leader with broad knowledge of health, public health, and human service systems and the role that data can play in shaping community health outcomes.
Organizational OverviewThe Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) envisions a world where all people and communities, especially those that experience health, social, and racial inequities, can achieve their optimal health, supported by an effective multi-sectoral public health system. To reach this goal, IPHI mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for people and communities.
IPHI leads initiatives through the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health Information Sharing and Innovation (CHISI), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI). Current projects in the Centers include: a national initiative to build capacity for data sharing across sectors; a local collaborative of hospitals and organizations that work together on community and health transformation initiatives; and a statewide alliance that drives policy, advocacy, and systems change initiatives that address obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease. IPHI has an annual budget of approximately $9 million, 35+ staff members, and works with numerous partners, contractors, consultants, government agencies, and foundations to achieve its mission.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is the signature initiative of the Center for Health Information Sharing and Innovation. Launched and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and co-led by IPHI and the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), DASH plays a key role in RWJF’s strategy to align health care, public health, social services and other community systems to better address individuals’ needs and goals and build healthier and more equitable communities. DASH contributes to this work by building data sharing capacity of local collaborative efforts across healthcare, public health, community-based services, and other stakeholders to improve community health and well-being.
DASH approaches its work through three strategies: 1) supporting communities directly with grants and peer learning, 2) building the evidence base through curation and dissemination of what works, and 3) strategic engagement to build the movement. Since its founding in 2015, DASH has supported more than 100 grantees through investment in infrastructure, technical assistance, mentorship, and most recently policy change. Studies have found that, thanks in part to DASH’s efforts, community capacity is increasing, but there remains both an opportunity and a need to accelerate the work.
The new Director, CHISI, will report to the CEO and will lead a dedicated team in the deepening and refinement of the Center’s work. This includes collaborative leadership and oversight of the DASH initiative, sustainability planning with key partners, and the development of future lines of work in alignment with the Center’s goals and core focus. Key areas of responsibility include:
Provide vision, strategic planning, and relationship building to the Center’s continued work in fostering data collaboration to advance health and health equity.
- Steward and cultivate current and new relationships with sector leaders, partners, funders, and grantees to support ongoing and future work of CHISI.
- Work collaboratively with the CEO and peer Directors to align the Center’s work with the broader IPHI mission and ensure integrated strategic planning and annual work plans.
- In collaboration with the MPHI-based Co-Director of the DASH Initiative, bring leadership and vision to the partnership, identify new opportunities for engaging community voice in data systems, and center equity in the work of DASH and CHISI as a whole.
Oversee and provide senior leadership for the DASH Initiative.
- Working closely with the MPHI-based Co-Director, maintain a strong working relationship with RWJF to ensure clear communication and alignment with shared goals.
- Create and implement an infrastructure that supports collaborative learning and the sharing of best practices among grantees and beyond in order to influence and catalyze the field.
- Ensure that DASH’s mission and impact are being documented and communicated for grantees, funders, and the field to amplify the work and share lessons learned.
- Identify future opportunities to empower community voice and community participation to create equitable data systems.
- Cultivate new relationships with policy makers, partners, and grantees who share IPHI’s commitment to racial and health equity.
Partner with the CEO and CHISI staff to shape and elevate the Center’s influence and engagement in systems and policy change at the local, state, and national levels.
- Develop and implement a strategy to inform and influence health data systems at the local, state, and federal levels in alignment with the broader goals of health equity.
- Stay abreast of research, policy, and practice trends in the equitable health data field to inform IPHI’s work and represent the organization at local and national meetings, conferences, and convenings to lift up issues of importance to IPHI and the field.
- Ensure that the Center is listening to, learning from, and centering the communities that it serves with authenticity and establish effective lines of communication that will help build a culture of trust, mutual accountability, and continuous improvement in IPHI’s work.
- Embed a health and racial equity lens in the Center’s strategies and initiatives.
Manage and empower a diverse team and contribute to the organization’s culture.
- Develop and manage a talent strategy for the Center that ensures the recruitment, retention, and continuous development of a team of diverse, high-performing professionals who represent the values and equity-centered vision of the Center through their work.
- Manage overall workflow and deliverables across the Center’s team and collaborative partners to ensure successful project execution and quality work product.
- Support change management efforts that recognize IPHI’s current and anticipated growth.
- Support team members to develop core and technical competencies necessary to successfully execute the Center’s vision.
- Support the continued development of principles, practices, and policies that reflect racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will bring a combination of passion for and an understanding of the role that data systems can play in empowering communities to create systemic change in health systems, as well as a commitment to advancing justice and equity. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Strategic Leadership and Core Knowledge
- Broad knowledge of public health, health and human service systems, and the role that data plays in shaping community health outcomes; keen understanding of the role of cross-sector collaboration in creating change at the systems level.
- Ability to think across systems and sectors to identify opportunities for collaboration and shared outcomes; experience advancing policy change as an effective lever to advancing health and health equity.
- Sophistication in developing programs and embedding evaluation and learning with a commitment to cohort and community-based learning.
- Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing justice and equity. Combination of educational and lived experience aligned with IPHI’s mission and values.
Relationship Stewardship and Cultivation
- Experience managing multi-faceted relationships with funders and partners; a track record of success in aligning their work with funders’ strategies and setting achievable expectations.
- Strong convening and facilitation skills and an authentic interest in listening to and learning from others; ability to establish trust with a diverse set of stakeholders and a commitment to honoring and elevating community expertise and wisdom.
- Demonstrated ability to have authentic dialogue around sensitive issues including funder expectations, grantee priorities, and community concerns; highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways.
- Superb communication and external relations skills and demonstrated success in building an organization’s profile and reputation in local, regional, national, and professional communities.
- Experience mentoring, developing, and providing leadership to high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams and partners that engage staff, members, and sub-recipients/contractors to achieve project/program goals.
- Collaborative and reflective leadership style that values staff contributions and experiences and effectively manages and motivates teams toward a shared vision and measurable goals.
- Experience collaborating with team members and stakeholders to document and apply lessons learned to improve programs, both internally and externally.
- A combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree and at least ten years in management and leadership roles within health, healthcare, health informatics, public policy, non-profit, or consulting settings.
The expected salary range is $120,000-130,000, commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
This search is being led by Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website: https://npag.com/current-searches-all/iphi.
IPHI is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.