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Public Health Program Manager

Alzheimer's Association
life insurance, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401(k), retirement plan
United States, Illinois, Chicago
May 09, 2024

The Public Health Program Manager provides leadership and strategic direction to the implementation of strategies identified in the Alzheimer's Association subaward to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) BOLD action plan and collaborate with statewide partners to advance Illinois' dementia infrastructure through a public health approach to brain health and health equity. The Manager is responsible for delivering risk reduction, brain health and early detection education programs, working closely with the IDPH and BOLD Coalition partners to ensure the effectiveness of the statewide coalition, and facilitating implementation of priority activities identified under the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map.

This is a grant funded position.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Implementation of the Alzheimer's Association subaward for the Illinois BOLD Strategies

  • Serve as the primary BOLD liaison between the Alzheimer's Association and IDPH.
  • Lead and oversee Risk Reduction, Brain Health, and Early Detection campaigns across Illinois.
  • Identify and develop partnerships with key state agencies in Illinois to execute the campaigns on Risk Reduction, Brain Health, and Early Detection.
  • Develop a plan to track, evaluate, and disseminate findings to support best practices for brain health, early detection, and support for caregivers and people living with dementia.
  • Collaborate with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence to execute the grant strategies.
  • Have regularly scheduled meetings with IDPH to discuss and deliberate on BOLD activities and progress.
  • Be an ADRD subject matter expert and serve on relevant workgroups and task forces, such as the Risk Reduction Planning Committee for the CDC BOLD program.
  • In conjunction with IDPH, recruit multi sector diverse partners and coordinate communication to maximize collaborative efforts.
  • Provide information and education to BOLD coalition members on ADRD-related topics.
  • Orient and educate new partners about brain health to enable them to share information with their communities.
  • Partner with coalition members to educate providers about risk reduction, early detection, diagnosis, and clinical trials/treatment eligibility.
  • Collaborate with the Region 9 Health Systems Director to Identify and engage suitable health systems to improve awareness and access to services.
  • Partner with public health agencies, the BOLD Centers of Excellence, and other chronic disease organizations to address access to education and services on modifiable risk factors to improve the social determinants of health that impact brain health.
  • Partner with other agencies to facilitate the implementation of priority HBI Road Map activities.
  • Develop and build strategic partnerships with community organizations in diverse and underserved communities to educate and empower community leaders to be the designated resource/liaison for all things dementia related in their communities.
  • Partner with educational systems (K-12, post-secondary, college, young adults) to include brain health and dementia in their curriculum.
  • Educate and provide the general public with information on services and resources for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Identify and oversee partnership with communications agencies to implement evidence-based marketing communications, culturally responsive messaging, and awareness in compliance with the Association's standards.
  • Collaborate with the chapter cross-functional team on partner engagement and reach.
  • Complete all necessary reporting and evaluation requirements as defined in the subaward.


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred, in social work, geriatrics, public health or related field.
  • One to three years' experience working with people living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
  • One to three years 'experience working with a communications/marketing agency.
  • Three to five years' experience in project management.
  • Three to five years' experience in program development.
  • Awareness/understanding of dementia as a public health issue and the role of early intervention in delaying cognitive decline.
  • Familiarity with the diverse communities that make up Illinois.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to multitask and prioritize work.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and problem solve.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other departments to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations in a sensitive and respectful manner.
  • Outgoing, positive, engaging and enthusiastic.
  • Experience with a public health approach focused on health promotion and early detection.
  • Experience building rapport/trust, assessing needs and articulating a value proposition.
  • General knowledge of public and community health, community-based organizations and systems.
  • Ability to work on a team and develop relationships with the chapter network and external organizations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office environment and Google Apps.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.
  • Familiarity working on grant funded projects.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 25 lbs. of materials.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% within the state by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfill the job goals. While most such travel is same day, occasional overnight travel or air travel may be required. Must have a valid driver's license, access to reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

Title: Public Health Program Manager - Illinois Chapter

Position Location: Chicago, Illinois

Full Time, based on 37.5 hours minimum per week

Position Grade: 308

Reports To: VP, Programs

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer's Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer's and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer's and dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)