Officer, Federal Policy, Public Health Data Improvement
Pew Charitable Trusts
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
The public health data improvement work seeks to enhance the ability of public health officials to protect the health and safety of communities through state and federal policy change that would: • Improve data exchange between health care providers and public health agencies; • Modernize public health data infrastructure and optimize data use; and • Strengthen state and local capacity to analyze and use data to inform public policy.
The officer provides thought leadership and supports the public health data infrastructure project's efforts to conduct research and advance federal policies to support a more robust public health data infrastructure-particularly around improving flow of information between health care providers (e.g. hospitals, doctors offices, laboratories, and other health care facilities) and state and local public health agencies.
The officer oversees and conducts research to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of reporting standardized public health data and leads a strategy to change federal rules and requirements around sharing such data electronically. The officer leads efforts to develop measures to evaluate the extent to which health care providers share data with public agencies. Finally, the officer leads the planning and administration of meetings with external stakeholders, including identifying and conducting outreach to participants, drafting and disseminating meeting materials, and interfacing with other Pew departments.
The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director, public health data improvement. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the project, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
Responsibilities: • Provide subject matter expertise on federal policy around requirements related to electronic health record (EHR) systems and their use among health care providers to report data to state and local public health departments. • Lead execution of Pew's strategy to promote changes to federal policy to enhance public health data exchange, and lead efforts to identify additional policy levers to improve public health data infrastructure. • Develop and maintain relationships with federal agencies including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EHR vendors, and other key stakeholders. • Track related federal policy proposals and draft public comments as needed. • Oversee and conduct research documenting the impacts of health care organizations' implementation of electronic public health data reporting. Work closely with leadership and colleagues in research review and support and operations to ensure research meets Pew's standards. • Lead work with experts to develop measures to assess the extent to which health care providers electronically report data to their local and state public health departments and evaluate the quality of such data. • Develop and present a variety of written documents and presentations conveying complex information to lay, policymaker, media, and other stakeholder audiences. • Work with colleagues in government relations and communications to develop effective public messaging and outreach materials and strategies. • Work with colleagues in legal and government relations to ensure strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws. • Develop and oversee contracts with external partners, including defining objectives and deliverables and monitoring progress. • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed. Requirements: • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. • At least eight years of applicable experience with particular focus on public health, health information technology, federal health policy, or other relevant field strongly preferred. • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to convey complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and appropriately depending upon the audience. • Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including the ability to think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to details. • A history of resolving problems creatively and logically to drive results. • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and identify the means to address it. • Ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others. Excellent listening skills. Experience collaborating with stakeholders in government, academia and nonprofits. • Seasoned judgment with the capacity to make difficult choices, justify recommendations and provide constructive feedback to colleagues and partners. • Operates as a team player and collaborates with staff to help prioritize and multi-task appropriately; independently delivers high quality products in a timely manner, able to think creatively and work proactively with colleagues to ensure that they are addressed.
This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.