January 3, 2017 | Job Opportunities

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POSITION: Health Policy Analyst

ORGANIZATION: United Hospital Fund

POSTING DATE: December 29, 2016

SUMMARY: Analyze state, federal, and local policies related to New York health care access, delivery, financing, quality and redesign. Provide research, writing, and quantitative analytic support to a team of program directors and analysts on issues including, but not limited to, Medicaid, children’s health, insurance markets, and primary care innovations. Transform analyses into audience-friendly narrative and visual briefs, reports, presentations and meeting materials. Support program directors in the design, development and project management of program initiatives working directly with providers and other stakeholders implementing health system improvements. Day-to-day responsibilities include, but are not limited to: creating internal source material on policy developments; analyzing quantitative data from primary and secondary sources and developing visual representations; planning for and participating in qualitative stakeholder interviews and learning collaboratives; conducting literature searches and reviews; planning for and staffing high-level invitational meetings; and, conceptualizing and drafting briefs and reports for publication.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Collect timely, policy-relevant information from program administrators, researchers, and advocates by tracking websites and attending frequent meetings, conferences, conference calls and webinars. Analyze and summarize information for internal stakeholders (emails, detailed notes, memos, tables and charts) and assist with responding to external requests for information.
  1. Develop content expertise on assigned policy topics and/or subpopulations (e.g., children’s health, insurance markets, Medicaid, physical and behavioral health integration, primary care transformation, and value-based payment).
  1. Assess policy changes and their potential impacts on consumers, providers, health plans and the state budget.
  1. Develop semi-structured protocols and participate in qualitative interviews with health care stakeholders, including senior state officials, physicians, advocates, health plan leaders and health care system executives. Capture and distill information for internal and external dissemination.
  1. Project manage learning collaboratives that bring together health care providers, social service organizations and other system stakeholders. Gather lessons learned and challenges for dissemination to collaborative members. Manage substantive communications with participants and coordinate with administrative staff on meeting planning and logistics.
  1. Collaborate on meeting planning for small group roundtables and larger conferences. Conduct topic and speaker research and prepare background materials.
  1. Identify and assemble health data and related data, from primary and secondary sources (e.g., New York State’s Medicaid claims files, health insurance filings, hospital discharge databases, physician and facility databases, census and budget reports, etc.). Analyze quantitative data using Excel and other statistical software.
  1. Prepare materials, including literature summaries, other data summaries, and graphics for Fund publications, presentations, briefings, and the Fund’s web presence.
  1. Conceptualize and prepare internal memos, working papers, policy briefs and reports for publication with primary and secondary authorship.

 QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education and/or Experience Required: Master’s degree in health-care-related field (e.g., public health, health policy) or related field with a health-specific interest (e.g., economics, public policy, law). Demonstrated interest in health policy and experience working with data are required.

Knowledge and Ability: Excellent writing, policy research, and analytic skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills; a self-starter with the ability to work well independently and in groups, and to work on several projects simultaneously. Able to project manage complex multi-stakeholder collaboratives though strong organizational and prioritization skills. Flexible, courteous, eager to learn new skills and topics, and motivated to actively participate in a dynamic and hardworking team-oriented environment with growth potential. Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required. Experience with web-based tools for data collection and aggregation (e.g., SurveyMonkey), at least one statistical programming application (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, STATA), and mapping software (e.g., ArcGIS) is strongly preferred.

United Hospital Fund offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, combined with generous benefits including health, dental, life, and disability insurance; a tax-deferred annuity savings plan; paid time off; and a commuting subsidy. UHF offers a collegial environment with a good work/life balance.

United Hospital Fund is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that values workplace diversity.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please e-mail your resume and cover letter, noting “Health Policy Analyst” in the subject line of your e-mail, to: employment@uhfnyc.org.