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Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Part-time Health Care Consultant
February 2015

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a statewide children's advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA, has an opening for a part-time health care consultant. Applicants should be seasoned professionals with a strong background in health care. Experience with developmental screenings and surveillance and knowledge of early learning systems in the commonwealth preferred. The position reports to the health policy director at PPC.
Primary duties include:

  • Organizing and convening a large workgroup and subgroups to examine the existing developmental screening and surveillance process to determine strengths, identify where improvements are needed and leverage existing partnerships inside and outside state government to improve the rate, quality and follow-up for children receiving positive screens.
  • Inventorying data on the status of screenings (including social/emotional) and surveillance through pediatricians, early learning providers, including home visitors, parents and other entities.
  • Gathering information on training currently available to those conducting screening and surveillance and the screening tools used by physicians and parents and others which are available.
  • Reviewing the existing systems to refer children to medical homes/medical and behavioral health providers, as well as Early Intervention (EI) and the intake process that follows.
  • Reviewing existing "hubs" where children and families access services, including the 211 system, entities which determine child care subsidy, EI contractors, medical providers and the child welfare system.
  • Determining how developmental screenings and surveillance are tracked and monitored currently, as well as the data systems used inside and outside of state government. 
  • Determining gaps, overlaps and barriers that exist in screening, surveillance, training and use of quality screening tools by comparing the processes used in PA with those used in states with higher screening rates and greater success in achieving goals for follow-up care.

Qualifications Necessary:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of the health care systems in the commonwealth
  • Experience with developmental screening and surveillance and the commonwealth's early learning systems preferred
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Commitment to plan for and meet established project deadlines
  • Applicants must be committed to working in a fast-paced environment.

Send resume and salary requirements by Wednesday, Jan. 21, to:

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Attn: George Hoover
116 Pine St., Suite 430
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Or e-mail to ghoover@papartnerships.org