2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Walla Walla County Department of Community Health

Walla Walla County Department of Community Health

Mission: Community Health:  “Improve the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for our community”

Project: The fellow will work with the Department of Community Health in the implementation of the Data Driven Justice Initiative (DDJI), aimed to divert individuals from the Justice system who struggle with issues related to mental health, substance use disorders, health challenges and homelessness.  Assist in the coordination and collaborative efforts of the local team to obtain meaningful data which will assist the Department in the application for full implementation funding for local initiatives.  Coordinate the DDJI efforts with associated strategies of the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health, that address diversion from more costly systems of care and assure improved transition through service delivery systems for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Data Driven Justice Initiative Fellow

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: Flexible hours/days 8:00am – 4:00pm Mon-Friday (ca. 6-7 hours/week). Required meeting monthly, generally the first Wednesday from noon-1:00pm. Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info:Debbie Dumont, Human Services Manager, Community Health ddumont@co.walla-walla.wa.us Office:  509-524-2652

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email: ddumont@co.walla-walla.wa.us
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop understanding of the challenges facing those who enter the Justice System
  • Develop understanding of the behavioral health and healthcare system in Walla Walla County
  • Research skills for funding opportunities
  • As part of a national learning collaborative, learning opportunities related to federal policies and the role of counties in provision of health and justice services in collaboration with private partners.
  • Develop grant-writing skills as part of the application process for federal, state, private and local grants
  • Develop increased assessment skills in gathering and analyzing from various county and state level data systems

Skills Required:

  • Computer skills useful to organizing work flow, scheduling and coordination of multiple projects
  • Organization skills for multi-faceted project
  • Communication skills to facilitate collaboration of multiple community entities
  • Research skills to investigate available resources
  • Writing skills for possible funding applications
  • Sense of inquiry

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in gathering data regarding the “super utilizers” in the county to better inform local decision-making, improve resource collaboration and secure funding for the work of the DDJI locally.
  • Facilitate scheduling and assist with agenda building for meetings of the Walla Walla Data Driven Justice Initiative Team
  • Explore potential resources to benefit the local team from the resource opportunities as provided by the National Association of Counties/Arnold Foundation DDJI Team.
  • Assist in the development and management of community work plans specific to the goals of the DDJI project:
    • Pre-Arrest Diversion Protocols
    • Data Exchange
    • Divert to Where strategies

Expectations:

  • Provide support to the work of the Walla Walla County DDJI Team to help assure progress and meaningful outcomes for the community work plan
  • Research available funding opportunities to enhance efforts of the local DDJI Team
  • Develop a solid understanding of the DDJI Project
  • Creation of a formal work plan for the Walla Walla DDJI Project

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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