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Clinical Program Manager

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
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Oct 25, 2022

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The Clinical Program Manager, Integrative Healthy Svcs is a multi-faceted role, to include direct patient care and oversight and management activities related to the ancillary clinical services in the Cancer Prevention Center, including the Healthy Living program. This includes the oversight and implementation of clinical services, research protocols, and educational trainees related to these programs. The Clinical Program Manager provides interviews, assessments, education, coaching and evaluations to patients on behaviors for cancer risk reduction. The Clinical Program Manager plans, implements, and evaluates programs to support behavioral interventions for Cancer Prevention Center patients related to cancer risk reduction domains. The ideal candidate will have experience in coaching patients in one or more of the integrative health services modalities, such as but not limited to experience as a health educator, clinical exercise physiologist, or registered dietician.


Program Management/People Space Management

* Lead, develop, and implement the Integrative Health Initiative (IHI), a healthy lifestyle service line within the Cancer Prevention Center; responsible for strategic planning, human resources management, clinical activity and operations management for the IHI.
* Design and implement clinical and research programs to address physical activity, weight management, and behavioral change for prevention and survivorship patients
* Responsible for completion of clinical and research project deliverables, including plans, schedules, metrics and progress reports
* Manage daily clinical operations of the Healthy Living Clinic
* Recruit, manage, evaluate and develop IHI staff
* Establish and coordinate interdisciplinary committees to design and implement new programs
* Facilitate/lead interdepartmental meetings, presentations and new staff orientations
* Work in concert with Program Director planning, organizing and writing both the Division and Duncan Family Institute annual reports
* Assist Program Director with preparation for stakeholder meetings such as the Integrative Health Working Group to enable and maintain institutional partnerships and collaboration
* Develop collaborative relationships with other departments and assist in conducting research by collecting data and coordinating participants as needed.
* Assist with development of research protocols, including criteria for screening, recruitment and intervention.

Disseminate program findings at national meetings, including oral and poster presentations.

* Deliver oral and written presentations related to program progress to internal and external stakeholders (including patients, providers, and funding sources).
* Provide oversight of the Exercise Oncology and Health Promotion internship programs including recruitment, onboarding, and evaluation
* Lead development and management of clinical practice algorithms regarding nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation algorithms

Provides quality care to individuals being seen in Cancer Prevention Center who have been identified at increased risk of cancer due to current behaviors related to lifestyle

* Utilizes current guidelines and evaluation tools to assess patients for cancer risk factors, to establish a patients' baseline and risk profile, to motivate and monitor patient progress in behavioral/lifestyles changes to include food & nutrition, physical exercise, psychosocial status (e.g. stress level), experience with complementary therapies, tobacco use, sun exposure, and sexual health
* Conduct education/counseling for determined needs by using assessment tools and motivational behavioral change models
* Establish goals for change with the patient
* Provide information and education on internal and external health services and resources consulting for nutrition services, physical activity services, complementary services, psychosocial services, and tobacco services by using motivational interviewing or other techniques to navigate patients as appropriate
* Follow-up on goals, by appointment, phone call, mail, email, web, self-assessment tools, and video resources as applicable
* Reestablish goals as indicated with appropriate f/u

Develops and maintains educational resources for physical activity as related to cancer risk reduction

* Present research and findings on best practices for healthy lifestyle program implementation at professional and scientific meetings.
* Collaborate with Energy Balance stakeholders across MD Anderson (cancer prevention providers, integrative medicine practitioners, cancer risk reduction lifestyle researchers, patient and public education professionals, media and education staff including UT-TV) and other support services to develop, implement, and evaluate educational tools.
* Develops health education and physical activity materials and conducts training.
* Remain current in physical activity guidelines and recommendations as related to cancer risk reduction.
* Ensure the institutional physical activity and nutrition algorithm remains up-to-date.
* Remain current in the other four modalities (nutrition, psychosocial, complementary therapies, tobacco cessation) as related to cancer risk reductions for referral of our patients and any other modalities as deemed necessary by Cancer Prevention Center health care providers.
* Participate in local, state and national health coalitions and professional organizations.

Other duties as assigned.

Required: Bachelor's degree in healthcare related field.

Required: Five years of clinical experience in identified licensed field to include two years of program or project management experience. May substitute requried education with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. Current license/ credentials required for field of clinical study.

The ideal candidate will also have 1 or more of the following licenses or certifications:
  • Current Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Current Licensed Dietitian (LD) with Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians
  • Current Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
  • Current Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
  • Current Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP®) from the American College of Sports Medicine

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.
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