In coordination with the Senior Vice President, develop, evaluate and implement policy proposals and advocacy strategies to address healthcare disparities and inequities in Illinois. Facilitate and manage IHA initiatives pertaining to the advancement of health equity. Analyze and respond to policy proposals and legislation impacting hospitals, health systems and communities. Effectively communicate IHA positions to IHA leadership, members and government officials.
Outline of Responsibilities
Manage, facilitate and provide leadership for IHA’s initiatives pertaining to health disparities, including IHA’s internal health disparities team, and external member groups such as the Committee on Health Disparities and the Health Equity Leaders’ Workgroup.
Lead strategic discussions to develop, recommend and advocate for short term and long term local, state and federal policies and advocacy strategies to reduce health disparities in Illinois.
Identify, review and evaluate proposed policies and legislation addressing health equity and other issues of importance to IHA members.
Collaborate with various IHA teams to develop and implement best practices for hospitals to employ, collectively and individually, to reduce health disparities.
Assess, evaluate and continually report on progress towards IHA’s health equity and impact goals.
Pursue new and innovative approaches, such as the enhancement of data, to identify and address disparities and measure progress.
Serve as a representative of IHA to various external groups and government agencies.
Collaborate with the education team to implement a robust education agenda on initiatives related to advancing health and healthcare equity to reduce and eliminate disparities.
Provide written and oral testimony on health policy legislation.
Provide information to members as they develop and implement strategies to reduce health disparities and improve health equity.
Other duties as defined.
Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, with at least five years of experience in addressing healthcare disparities and inequities in the health care, government, or social service sector. Demonstrated experience in policy and advocacy as well as familiarity of the healthcare delivery system in Illinois. Exceptional leadership skills with a passion for the mission of hospitals and improvement of health care. Strong writing, verbal, and public speaking skills. Ability to design strategy, define actionable steps, and execute. Ability to distill complex issues in order to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences. Ability to work independently with a natural collaborative style.
Equal Opportunity Employer – race, sex, veteran or disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation
IHA, with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield, Brookfield, Wisconsin and Washington D.C., represents more than 200 hospitals and health systems as they care for their patients and communities. Its members range from major academic medical centers and teaching hospitals that train tomorrow’s doctors and nurses, to community hospitals that transform advances in medicine and technology into better lives for patients, to rural and critical access facilities that bring high-quality patient care to the less populated regions of Illinois, to specialty institutions that care for patients in need of behavioral health, long-term care, or rehabilitation services.
Since IHA was formed in 1923 (and combined with MCHC in January 2016 to form an integrated, statewide organization), its mission has been to strengthen and unite hospitals and make high-quality, affordable health care available to all Illinois residents at the right time and in the right setting. To make this possible, IHA advocates for a redesigned health system and sustainable funding -- including new models of healthcare delivery and payment -- that support the Triple Aim of healthcare.
IHA’s core role is to be t...he trusted voice, resource and partner for Illinois hospitals representing their interests at the local, state and national levels to ensure sustainable resources, the highest level of quality care and transformation of healthcare delivery. In addition to its advocacy and policy work on behalf of its members, IHA and its subsidiaries provides innovative business and performance solutions, services and tools, including patient care and quality improvement initiatives and collaboratives, data analytics, purchasing and insurance services. IHA also provides a comprehensive portfolio of educational programs for members on critical healthcare issues and challenges.
The President & CEO and a Board of Trustees comprised of 23-28 members, direct IHA advocacy and member priorities. Member forums for safety net hospitals, small and rural hospitals, behavioral health, investor-owned hospitals, and volunteers, as well as councils and task forces, provide members opportunities to participate in IHA’s policy development process.