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Placement Organization: Children’s Health Fund
Placement Location: New York, NY
Eligible Citizenship: Non-American

About: Low-income children throughout the United States are in worse health and have a harder time getting health care than their wealthier peers. To overcome access barriers and health disparities, Children’s Health Fund brings comprehensive, continuous health care to the children and families who need it most, regardless of ability to pay.  The Fund supports a network of 25 mobile medical and community-based programs in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

CHF’s dedicated doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and other compassionate professionals provide over 250,000 visits to over 83,000 children and families annually who might not otherwise receive the quality health care they deserve.

Position Overview: The Quality Improvement and Research Fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on applied research focused on the development and implementation of studies intended to provide data and evidence that support improved health care services and outcomes for vulnerable populations. Results of studies may influence clinical care and inform and support advocacy activities. In addition, the fellow will contribute to ongoing quality improvement and program assessment efforts, including analysis of administrative data from the CHF National Network programs to describe patient demographics, scope of services provided, and, to the extent possible, efficacy of services delivered. Data may be derived from reports submitted by the National Network programs to CHF and/or extracted as structured data points via reporting tools from electronic health records. There is the possibility of the fellow participating in original research studies, including ongoing work at CHF on transportation as a barrier to child health care access, and in secondary analyses of federal household data sets.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with CHF staff to support Chief Medical Officer, Senior Directors of Applied Research and of Program Assessment & Development, and interface with Government Affairs Department staff for policy and advocacy work.
  • Data entry
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Conduct independent data analyses
  • Write reports summarizing results and potential applications of data analyses
  • Contribute to quality improvement studies including the feedback of results into programs to improve quality of care
  • Contribute to the development of strategies to leverage results of studies to support CHF advocacy positions
  • Contribute to reports for internal use
  • Contribute to papers describing original research submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, monographs and other CHF documents for online publication and targeted dissemination

 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Self-directed and able to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong writing skills
  • Research experience including proficiency with applications such as Excel, SPSS
  • Knowledge of healthcare and issues specific to child and community health

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Interest in health policy
  • Interest in serving poor and vulnerable communities

 

Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $750/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year.  Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.