Metro Drug Coalition

Public Health Academic Detailer

(Two part-time positions available)

Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the substance misuse prevention, professional training and public awareness arm of Knoxville and Knox County.

Mission: To improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change

Vision: A healthy and safe Knoxville community free of alcohol and drug misuse

Title of Position: Public Health Academic Detailer

Purpose:  The principal functions of this 1099 contractor position is to coalesce, align, and strengthen collaboration between healthcare and public health in the area of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The position serves as a recruiter and a consultant to clinical providers to optimize the healthcare integration of public health prevention practices and methods. The position will conduct outreach and training of primary care providers to integrate public health principles and prevention initiatives in clinical practice.  The ultimate goal is to improve clinicians’ prevention services, inform decision making around pertinent biomedical interventions and to continually enhance the quality of care delivery to at risk populations.


Description of duties and responsibilities:

  • Define clear educational and behavioral goals and objectives adapted to healthcare practices and patient population
  • Prepare pertinent educational materials and tools for patients as well as for providers including relevant epidemiological updates (ACEs toolkit)
  • Develop tailored strategies to assess patients’ experiences and the willingness and capacity of clinical practices to provide priority public health services in a culturally competent and evidence based manner
  • Research, identify and recruit key provider practices in targeted geographical areas
  • Coordinate brief presentations to coincide with clinic schedules and leverage existing academic updates to highlight and repeat essential program messages
  • Conduct interviews to evaluate clinician’s baseline knowledge and motivations of ACEs
  • Establish collaborative relationships and target primary care and pediatric physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well as their opinion leaders
  • Remain updated on current clinical practice recommendations
  • Gather and disseminate materials highlighting and substantiating the essential prevention messages and provide positive reinforcement of improved practices in follow-up visits.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Skills and Knowledge Requirements

Education: Possession of a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or other clinical qualifications such as: RNP, PA, MD, PharmD, RPh, MPH.

Experience: Preferred:  3-5 years of Clinical Experience.  Highly desirable: Experience in working with Adverse Childhood Experiences-related programs and will possess excellent communication skills.

Important Skills and Characteristics: Commitment to health equity and serving the underserved populations in Knoxville and East Tennessee.  This position requires considerable independent judgment, a high level of initiative and accountability, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively communicate with diplomacy under challenging circumstances and to work well in teams.  A strong candidate will be: self-motivated, able to conceptualize changing healthcare systems, effectively and efficiently implement new program direction, complete work in a timely manner, and must be able to handle multiple tasks at one time with minimal or no supervision. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and familiar with email/virtual meeting applications.


  • Must be able to travel and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must be able to climb stairs and carry up to 30lbs

For persons interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than September 21 by emailing Karen Pershing at kpershing@metrodrug.orgNo phone calls please.

Metro Drug Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and a Drug-Free & Tobacco Free Workplace.