Colorado Nonprofit Association

Director of Health Equity & Strategic Initiatives

What Success Looks Like In This Job

Adams County Health Department is a newly formed local public health agency in the State of Colorado and part of the Adams County Government.  The department was established on January 1, 2023.   As of June 1, 2024, the department is composed of six Divisions including Performance and Business Excellence, Health Equity and Strategic Initiatives, Epidemiology and Data Science, Public Health Nursing, Environmental Health, and Nutrition and Family Health, and employs approximately 200 staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $30M.  

Primary Responsibilities for Success:
The Health Equity and Strategic Initiatives (HESI) Division Director provides high-level professional leadership, management, and senior-level administrative duties to plan, coordinate, and direct the HESI division of the Adams County Health Department. This executive-level role is responsible for leadership oversight of strategic plans and programs designed to improve the health of the community, address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), advance health equity, and reduce disparities and inequities in local population health outcomes. Oversees programs within this Division which include access to care, health plan enrollment, regional health systems coordination, food systems and food security efforts, mental and behavioral health strategies, maternal, child, and family health systems and policy efforts, and community health promotion and prevention work including tobacco control, youth engagement, and policies and interventions addressing risk and protective factors.  This division includes policy development for agency-wide efforts which focus on building a stronger, more integrated local public health system responsive to community needs addressing drivers of health disparities. 

Examples of Duties for Success

Supervisory Responsibilities

Education: A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, public administration, biological or environmental science, or a related field is required. 

Experience: A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in health promotion or other related public health fields AND five years supervisory, management, or other leadership related experience. Local governmental public health experience strongly preferred.
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