• Texas

Public Health Program Manager, National Hypertension Initiative - American Heart Association


The National Hypertension Initiative is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, with funding from the Office of Minority Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The National Hypertension Initiative will improve COVID-related health outcomes for highly impacted racial and ethnic minorities by addressing hypertension as a key risk factor. The American Heart Association (AHA) will provide technical assistance to HRSA-funded health centers to increase provider and clinician engagement in implementing evidence-based practices and will also include a community integration component, as well as a national targeted media and public education campaign.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Public Health Program Manager, National Hypertension Initiative that will serve the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Manager must be located in one of the assigned states.

The Public Health Program Manager is responsible for creating and leading capacity building activities for assigned communities in hypertension control and improved health related care. Manager is also responsible for collaborating with and engaging a coalition of key stakeholders/partners and for providing hands-on field consultation, coaching and technical support through account management techniques.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is approximately through December 2023.


  • Identify, recruit, and mobilize local community partners and key volunteers to implement and support the assigned area of focus within the established public health action plan. Develop and implement procedures, community engagement events and systems support for priority areas (e.g., hypertension, social determinants of health, cardiovascular disease)

  • Research, identify, and build partner interests, strengths, and capacity to engage with the AHA to effectively achieve the goals of the National Hypertension Control Initiative. Channel partners such as social, civic, health and/or faith-based organizations to the best opportunities for building trusted relationships and effectively working with and through volunteers.

  • Ensure assigned organizations have access to the breadth and depth of resources available from the AHA by leveraging resources, tools and national center assets (e.g., communication, science, advocacy, field resources). Utilize existing AHA materials, products and recruitment tools or develop new tools and materials as needed. Develop plans for disseminating or distributing resources and tools through local/state or region communication or social media assets.

  • Establish, collect, and report on measurements of success, such as program participant data, trends, and improvement or control of hypertension. Assists in the development of appropriate reports, evaluations, and data gathering as required.

  • Develop and report project and partnership activities and status. Provide evidence-based results to leadership as requested.


  • Bachelors’s degree in Health Sciences, Business, Healthcare Administration, Communication, Marketing, related field or equivalent experience.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in public health organization/mobilization, media/communications, or program development and implementation.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in health-related environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.

  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.

  • Must be able to travel daily approximately 50% and overnight approximately 10% of the time. Please note that AHA staff nationally are not traveling to the current pandemic, but travel will resume once deemed safe for staff.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of health care systems, clinical settings, public health, voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.

  • Experience in volunteer management.

  • Bilingual, English/Spanish.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?