Job Posting: Rural Health Research Center Researcher

									Mona Rath |
																			September 16, 2015
					

DIVISION OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Date: September 1, 2015

Classification and Title: Researcher 5

POSITION SUMMARY:

The primary purpose of this position is to design and implement projects focused on evaluation of targeted federal rural health programs and evidence-based health promotion models in rural communities. Duties will include: developing survey protocols, conducting telephone interviews with federal grantees, and analyzing qualitative data; conducting literature reviews that critically examine research on the effectiveness of health promotion interventions; preparing toolkits that describe best practices and evidence-based models for adaption to rural communities and target populations; preparing evaluation reports; and coordinating project activities with other organizations. Additional responsibilities will depend on the projects funded at the RHRC, and may include primary data collection, analysis of primary and secondary data, writing reports, policy briefs, and articles for publication, and presenting results at professional conferences and meetings.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Design and implement policy-relevant rural health evaluation and health promotion projects; collect and analyze data; and prepare toolkits, reports, and policy briefs. (90% of time)
  2. Coordinate project activities with RHRC staff, the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (the federal funding agency). Prepare project status reports. (5% of time)
  3. Disseminate toolkits, reports, and policy briefs to inform policymakers and rural health care providers. Present project results at national, regional and state professional conferences and meetings. Author manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. (5% of time)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or a closely-related field. Graduate coursework in research methods including qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Minimum of four years professional experience in health evaluation/policy analysis, including project management experience.
  • PhD degree may substitute for two years of professional experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills, including an ability to translate evaluation and research/policy analysis results into reports, policy briefs, and toolkits for diverse audiences such as federal agencies, policymakers, and health care providers and delivery systems in rural areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation and/or health promotion.
  • Demonstrated interest in rural health issues.

/TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This 12-month, 100% time appointment is annually renewable, dependent upon continued funding, and offers the standard University benefits. Salary is based on experience and qualifications.

This position is located off-campus at the Rural Health Research Center, 2520 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

START DATE

October 1, 2015

PROGRAM UNIT DESCRIPTION:

The Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) conducts policy-related research projects and disseminates results to diverse national audiences. It is a research center located in the multidisciplinary Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health. The RHRC is one of seven Rural Health Research Centers nationally designated by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to conduct policy-relevant research on rural health issues. The RHRC serves as the lead organization in a three-University partnership conducting the national evaluation of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program and participates in a Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation partnership led by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. The RHRC is engaged in conducting ongoing research on health in rural settings, writing reports and scholarly articles, disseminating findings, and writing proposals for new research projects. Research and scholarship efforts are national in scope and involve a wide array of contacts and collaborations with community and University partners across the country.

CONTACT PERSON: Michelle Casey, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health

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