Clinician Primary Care - Community Engagement and Health Equity

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Dell Medical School - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX
Open: Jul 12, 2017

Clinician Primary Care - Community Engagement and Health Equity

The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking an exceptional physician to join the Division of Primary Care and Value-Based Health, which sits in both the Departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine, to develop community-based programs in health promotion/disease prevention and provide primary care in one or more Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).


Dell Medical School's mission is to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by:

  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation.
  • Evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value.
  • Advancing innovation from discovery to outcomes.
  • Educating leaders who transform health care.
  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation.
  • Redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.

Specifically, Dell Med seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations with an emphasis reducing health inequities by:

  • Providing high-quality primary care.
  • Developing effective clinical and community-based interventions to enhance the health and wellbeing of the residents of Austin, Travis County, and Central Texas.
  • Working to implement the Community-Centered Health Home model in primary care venues.
  • Participating in research and development activities to identify opportunities for understanding and overcoming social, behavioral, organizational, and other barriers to better health and for advancing high-quality/high-value healthcare.

Dell Medical School is the first medical school established in nearly five decades by a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading public and private research universities. An extraordinary commitment of resources, both public and private, has already been made to enable its development and success. Dell Med is partnering closely with the community and regional healthcare providers and payers to provide new models for health promotion, healthcare delivery, and clinical care for the community's underserved population.


Helping people get and stay healthy requires \u201cgoing upstream\u201d to impact the social, economic, and structural determinants of health as well as advancing new models of value-based primary care. The Dell Medical School is helping Austin and Central Texas become a model healthy community by leveraging its service, teaching, and research missions with a particular focus on underserved persons and those suffering from health inequities. This position will both develop community-based programs to enhance health and provide direct patient care for a vulnerable patient population in a primary care setting, including operationalizing the Community Centered Health Home model. As such, the position will have a dual role in the Division of Primary Care and Value-Based Health (a joint division of the Departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine) and the Division of Community Engagement and Health Equity in the Department of Population Health.

Essential Functions
  • Develop and implement community health program activities, which align with the Departments and Dell Medical School's goals. Ensure that program activities operate within policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Provide direct primary patient care to vulnerable populations in an FQHC affiliated with Dell Medical School, engaging as required in continuous process improvement.
  • Participate in educational efforts for both medical students and residents in support of the teaching mission in both community engagements and these primary care venues.
  • Work across Dell Med departments and external stakeholders to build an integrated approach to population health improvement that leverages existing community organizations, infrastructure, and resources through collaboration and alignment.
  • Contribute to the growth of the medical school through designing and implementing innovative models for partnering with multiple sectors, community and public entities, and faculty in other health-related schools at UT-Austin to improve population health.
  • Monitor and evaluate programs and activities, ensure timely and accurate completion of work, and assess quality and progress of programs with supporting data reports.
  • Collaborate with leaders in the Department of Population Health and Dell Med's Development Office to seek funding for community-based health enhancement projects and for disseminating and sustaining effective interventions.
  • Create a supportive environment for, and collaborate with, researchers to conduct health services and community-based participatory research in the community and in primary care venues.

  • MD or DO degree with Board Certification (or Board Eligibility if within 2 years of residency) in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. If possible, added qualifications in Geriatrics is preferred.
  • Unrestricted licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas.
  • Training and/or experience in developing and assessing community health improvement initiatives.
  • Eligible for a faculty appointment.

Specific knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Well-documented speaking, teaching, and writing skills.
  • Ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable and professional manner in person and on the phone.
  • Creativity in developing new approaches to people getting and staying healthy
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Effective professional management skills, including the ability to plan, organize and schedule work in an efficient and productive manner, focusing on key priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with peers, executives, employees, and consultants in a manner that represents the Dell Medical School positively.
  • Ability to build and lead high-performing teams; must be able to provide clear and accurate direction and guidance.
  • Sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and projects and to prioritize.
  • Plan, promote, demonstrate, recommend and coordinate high standards of medical practice.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.





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Posted: 2/10/2018
Application Due: 4/11/2018
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