| Job Description
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The Health Policy Associate promotes access to high-quality health care for underserved populations by managing the WACMHC Oral Health and Behavioral Health programs and advocating for the community health center policy agenda. The Associate maintains strategic relationships with community health center leadership and uses the knowledge gained from these relationships to inform state and federal policy priorities. This position is responsible for supporting clinical improvement, policy and budget research, event coordination, advocacy, and coalition work.
- Manages the Oral Health and Behavioral Health programs, including staffing the Board of Directors Dental Committee and Behavioral Health Committee, coordinating monthly meetings, planning and executing two large quarterly events, and facilitating technical assistance opportunities.
- Collaborates with the Community Health Network of Washington and the National Association of Community Health Centers to achieve legislative and regulatory objectives.
- Coordinates the Dental Learning Network, which enables community health center dental staff to develop the leadership, organizational, and evidence-based practice skills to improve oral health care in their communities.
- Assists with the quarterly collection of community health center oral health data.
- Helps prepare and advocate for the organization’s policy agenda, including identifying and researching policy proposals, developing messaging and advocacy strategies, and analyzing and tracking pending legislation and budget proposals.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships with key staff in the state legislature, state agencies, and partner organizations.
- Coordinates the organization’s involvement in key meetings, hearings, and events; identifies and prepares appropriate Board of Directors, community health center staff, and patient representatives to participate in advocacy activities.
- Ensures timely communication with a wide variety of audiences (health center management, policymakers, coalition partners, and media) through the preparation of hearing testimony, talking points, research briefs, press releases, etc.
- Facilitates the flow of information between WACMHC and the dental and behavioral health staff of member health centers through site visits, technical assistance and training, and other events. Position requires frequent travel across Washington State for both program- and policy-related commitments.
- Manages additional projects related to oral and behavioral health as assigned.
- Provides research and analysis support on ad hoc projects and issue areas.