Under general supervision, plans, analyzes and evaluates current or proposed health programs within the Department of Public Health for the purpose of program development; assists in the development of recommendations to improve existing health programs or substantiate the need for additional programs; assists in the development and finalization of a department-wide plan for the delivery of health services and/or those plans mandated by outside agencies; and performs related duties as required.
The Health Program Planner is the journey-level professional health planning position in the Department of Public Health. Incumbents in this classification carry out work assignments with some degree of independence and are free to develop their own work sequence within established policies and procedures. The Health Program Planner series of classes differs from line administrative and management classifica- tions in that the latter are responsible for program operation and the delivery of services to the community, while the Health Program Planner series of classes requires a broad technical knowledge of assigned program areas and expertise in program planning techniques.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties
1. Plans, analyzes and evaluates current or proposed health programs within an assigned area or bureau of the Department of Public Health for the purposes of program development.
2. Collects and analyzes demographic and health status data.
3. Prepares reports based on needs assessment surveys or specialized research studies.
4. Assists in the development and preparation of all annual county plans, such as the County Short-Doyle Plan and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Alcohol Abuse Plan, as well as an integrated department-wide program plan for delivering health services.
5. Provides technical assistance to management personnel and community advisory boards, councils or agencies to coordinate and implement program development.
6. May have responsibility for liaison work with one or more community groups relating to planning efforts.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Requires knowledge of health planning and systems theory; public and mental health programs and trends; developing and evaluating health program plans; statistical research techniques and applications; fundamentals of data processing; methods of preparing reports; populations, social, economic and staffing trends affecting health services; structure and operation of public administrations.
Requires ability to: gather, analyze, organize, interpret and report data related to health program planning; speak and write effectively; work cooperatively with local, State and Federal agencies and community groups.
Experience and Training
Requires completion of a four-year college or university with a baccalaureate degree with major course work in public health, public health administration, public administration, business administration, health or mental health sciences or a closely related field. Requires two years of experience in planning, research or evaluation for a large public or mental health department or agency; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A Master’s degree in public administration, public health administra-tion, business administration or a closely related field will be accepted for the required experience.
Disaster Service Workers
All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.