Chief Health Officer, Whitman-Walker Health

Location: Washington, DC
Whitman-Walker Health
Chief Health Officer
 
Vision
Whitman-Walker envisions a society where all persons are seen for who they are, treated with dignity and respect, and afforded equal opportunity to health and well-being.  Through care, advocacy, research, and education, we empower all persons to live healthy, love openly, and achieve equality and inclusion. 
 
Values
Affirmation, Dignity, and Respect
 
Organizational Goal
By 2021, Whitman-Walker will be recognized as the leading LGBTQ health care organization in the United States.       
 
About Whitman-Walker Clinic
Whitman-Walker Clinic, Inc. was incorporated in 1978 to provide affirming health services for gay men and lesbians who lived and worked in metropolitan Washington, DC.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Whitman-Walker proudly served the community as the first responder to the AIDS epidemic in the region.  Over time, our mission of caring evolved from focusing exclusively on HIV/AIDS to offering integrated primary care for metro DC’s LGBTQ communities and others who face bias, stigma, and discrimination in accessing care.   As we look forward to our 40th anniversary in 2018, we are humbled to offer affirming, dignified, and respectful care to more than 18,000 persons.  Our team of nearly 300 employees reflects the incredible diversity of our community.  Culturally, we aspire to a service leadership model that places a premium on humility, empathy, and self-awareness in a dynamic health care workplace.  
 
Position Summary
The Chief Health Officer (CHO) will be responsible for improving the overall patient experience at Whitman-Walker Health with a priority focus on the quality of care offered to the community.  The CHO will have primary leadership responsibilities to Whitman-Walker Clinic as the senior leader overseeing all health and wellness services.  The CHO will also serve as a key strategic advisor to Whitman-Walker Health System, Whitman-Walker Institute, and Whitman-Walker Foundation on emerging population health needs, new initiatives to address social determinants of health, and priority research, education, and advocacy matters.    
 
The CHO position is a new leadership role specifically designed to help Whitman-Walker achieve its strategic goal of becoming the nation’s leading LGBTQ health care organization by 2021.  A successful CHO will lead others with humility, empathy, and self-awareness as well as health care expertise.  A successful CHO will fully appreciate the importance of change management principles and practices during this period of significant disruption in community-based health and wellness.  Lastly, a successful CHO will serve as a strong organizational ambassador to the community and be a thought leader on population health and/or values-based care models.    
 
Requirements
A Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner is required for this leadership role.  At least 10 years of experience in urban community health is required.  The ideal candidate is passionate about the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities, persons impacted by HIV, and others who historically have faced bias, stigma, or discrimination when accessing care.   Leadership experience managing a diverse care team of clinically trained professionals and public/community health educators is preferred.  The strongest candidates will have led a team, initiative, or organization through significant change to an existing community-based care model.
 
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