Health Planner

Portage County
Job Description

Portage County Health & Human Services has an opening for a Health Planner.  This position is part-time (32 hours/wk) but still eligible for benefits!

What are the main job responsibilities?

Completion of Public Health Preparedness plans and objectives

  • Assures that the necessary plans and documents are in place to complete annual consolidated contract objectives.
  • Acts as liaison, for the Division of Public Health, within the community; with Department of Health Services, NCW-HERC, and public health staff for any community planning related to public health or community preparedness.
  • Provides and/or facilitates staff training related to public health preparedness.
  • Serves as local contact/trainer of the Partners Communications and Alerting (PCA) Portal.
  • Assist as the public health contact in maintaining and conducting annual tests of activation (to alert public health staff) for the Community Alert System via Blackboard Connect within Portage County.
  • Participates in the development, review, and management of policies and plans of preparedness to mitigate any event that would jeopardize public safety, health and the environment.
  • Coordinates public health activities concerning suspected acts of bioterrorism including chemical, biological, and radiological and events involving explosive devices. 

Coordinates the Division of Public Health work plans to review and maintain quality improvement/ performance management, strategic planning, communication and national PHAB accreditation.

  • Provides assistance in the development and execution of agency quality improvement initiatives within the Division.
  • Provides assistance with development and maintenance of the Division of Public Health’s quality improvement plan, strategic plan, performance management plan, communication plan related to PHAB accreditation.
  • Coordinates the process for the division’s national accreditation efforts via PHAB, providing advanced support for internal assessment and planning activities including review and application of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s Standards and Measures and provide assistance in completing PHAB annual reports. 
  • Work closely and engage all areas of public health in policy planning and development efforts.

Program Coordination

  • Serves as a resource for staff, community, and other community providers.
  • Collaborates with supervisor in determining program needs, i.e., supplies, personnel needs, etc.
  • Schedules and chairs program committees, sets agenda, and arranges for recording of meeting minutes as needed.
  • Completes record keeping for Public Health Preparedness and Public Health Accreditation activities that assures documentation and tracking of required information.
  • Develop and maintain an internal system for policy development and maintenance related to Public Health Preparedness and Public Health Accreditation. Serve as the primary representative and point of contact for internal policy development.
  • Identify grant opportunities, coordinate grant development efforts, write and implement grants.
  • Prepares required reports for contract obligations related to Public Health Preparedness and PHAB Accreditation.

What are the minimum qualifications?

  • Graduate from accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health, planning, nursing, environmental health, public administration, community wellness, or related degree. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • One-year experience in public or community health practice required.
  • Proven ability to organize/facilitate groups and plan and complete projects.

Portage County offers a robust benefit package for permanent employees working at least 20 hours/week.  Benefits include:

  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution and a Traditional PPO plan)
  • Vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Flexible spending account
  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Dental insurance
  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan

TO APPLY:  Visit our website at  and click on 'Jobs' at the top of the page. 

Portage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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