The Bureau of Primary Care Access & Planning (PCAP), in the Division of Prevention and Primary Care, at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is seeking a City Research Scientist to serve as Director of Research and Evaluation for the Bureau.
During this period of unprecedented health care reform, primary care remains a key anchor to advance population health and is undergoing rapid change. PCAP has a dedicated staff working to improve access to quality, culturally appropriate primary care for New Yorkers, particularly those who are at risk for poor health outcomes. The Bureau sets and implements policy, program and research initiatives aimed at maximizing the impact of primary care on population health, including increasing health insurance coverage and reducing access barriers experienced by NYC’s underserved populations.
The Director will lead research and data analysis activities related to improving population health through ensuring access to quality primary care for all residents of NYC. The successful candidate will work with other staff to achieve the Bureau and Division’s objectives for surveillance and research activities to better meet the health needs of New Yorkers.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
• Plan, develop, implement and oversee research, surveillance and program evaluation activities to support the Bureau’s work. Areas of focus will include but are not limited to: 1) Primary care access and utilization 2) Health insurance coverage, 3) Emergency department utilization and ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations; and 4) Primary care capacity planning and analysis in emergency response.
• Produce data-driven reports, presentations and papers for dissemination, as well as author technical and journal publications, related to relevant issues affecting the New York City health care system, including DSRIP, the Affordable Care Act and vulnerable populations including low-income and immigrant.
• Lead and oversee research related grant applications that further the organization’s mission, goals and programs.
• Provide leadership, general direction and guide research activities to a small team of analysts and provide technical and analytical expertise on epidemiologic and statistical methods to other staff in the Bureau.
• Identify and track key surveillance indicators as well as augment existing surveillance approaches with new or novel methodologies.
• Design and oversee analyses of existing data (including Community Health Survey, SPARCS hospitalization and emergency department and Medicaid claims/Salient) to support planning and policy development, evaluate program and policy impact and outcomes and improve quality of services.
• Identify and rapidly respond to requests for data and systems analysis from the Bureau, Division and Agency leadership. . • Supervise, manage, clean, analyze and report on quantitative data, particularly large datasets, using analytic software packages.
• Participate and collaborate in cross-divisional and cross-agency planning and working groups and conduct special projects and other duties as assigned.
• Maintain multiple projects simultaneously and function effectively both independently and as part of a team.
• Work on special projects as needed.
Minimum Qual Requirements:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or 2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization.
• Expertise in epidemiological data analysis, research design & program evaluation methodologies
• Strong analytic and statistical skills with experience in manipulating and analyzing data using statistical software such as SAS or SPSS
• Experience with scientific writing as demonstrated through a strong track record of publishing in top-tier journals
• Experience with navigating Internal Review Board (IRB) processes and expertise about related policies and procedures
• Experience with DOHMH’s Community Health Survey, SPARCS, eMedNY, Salient or other Medicaid claims databases, MEPS, BRFSS, etc
• Supervisory experience, such as leading and advising staff involved in various projects
• Experience successfully preparing grant applications including developing research questions
• Experience with geographical information software such as ArcGIS
• Knowledge of and interest in public health, health policy and primary care
• Ability to quickly become familiar with specific topic areas within public health and health policy in which the individual may have had no prior knowledge
• Excellent project management and written and oral communication skills
• Competency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/
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