Research Asst., Health Policy

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POST DATE 8/23/2016
END DATE 11/1/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) within the Mongan Institute for Health Policy of the Massachusetts General Hospital, is seeking a full time research assistant to assist with the day-to-day duties of a variety of projects. The DSC is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies that advance policy and practice to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The DSC will achieve this mission by:

* Serving as a change agent by developing new research and translating innovative research findings into policy and practice

* Developing and evaluating customized policy and practice solutions for health care providers, insurers, educators, community organizations, and other stakeholders

* Providing education and leadership training to expand the community of skilled individuals dedicated to eliminating health care disparities

For more information about the Center, please go to our website at

The candidate must demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, and oral and written communication skills, with a strong interest and background in public health and/or disparities. A successful candidate will possess both strong program support and analytical skills.

Responsibilities include a variety of program and meeting support activities. These can include the following: Primary

* Administrative Support (PLEASE NOTE, AT LEAST 75% OF THIS POSITIONS TIME WILL PROVIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO THE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR): Handles telephone communication, including setting up conference calls and responding professionally to inquiries and requests. Arranges travel including air, ground and hotel and prepares expense reports to reimburse travel expenditures. Maintains and handles confidential information. Schedules meetings/functions/appointments, including meetings with multiple individuals who have complicated calendars and limited availability. Assists with processing and providing appropriate documents for Speaker requests. Tracks and documents expenditures for different cost centers and grants. Assists with preparation of PowerPoint presentations and manuscripts and presentation materials as needed. Manages ordering and stocking of supplies.

* Public Relations: Provides assistance with dissemination and PR of DSC events including a leadership training program, film series, and seminars. Tasks include creating social media, website design, preparing the DSC annual report and brochures, maintaining distribution lists, preparing and distributing the DSC monthly e-newsletter and dissemination of current events or programs to our dissemination partners.

* Conference/Meeting Planning: Provides assistance with coordination of conferences and meetings for health care leaders and executives, including meeting preparations, communication with participants, developing and analyzing evaluations, preparing participant meeting materials and staffing events.


* Publications: Conducting relevant literature searches and reviews and assisting with manuscript preparation for projects relating to disparities in health care.

* Provide assistance to Project Manager with quantitative and qualitative data analysis and evaluation of existing projects.

* Oversee extensive literature library, including conducting regular literature reviews and inputting and maintaining up to date sources, presenting the literature review at staff meetings.

* Other Projects: Performs other project-related duties as needed, including maintaining and preparing project meeting documents, coordinating meeting logistics and providing staff support.

* Prioritizes tasks and communicates progress, problems and needs for additional support to the Deputy Director.

-B.A./B.S. required.
-Prior research experience and/or interest (particularly in public health and/or disparities, or working with underserved populations) preferred.


The ideal candidate for this position is someone with a high degree of professionalism, who is highly organized, detail oriented and creative, and who has the ability to complete tasks on-time.

* The successful candidate is able to multi-task and manage multiple projects and their components.

* Must be able to multitask, take pro-actively take initiative and be a team player, as well as work independently under the supervision of the project lead. The candidate must also demonstrate strong communication skills, both oral and written.

* Must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Disparities Solutions Center.

* Should be well versed in working with Microsoft office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

* Experience with Social Media, WordPress, SPSS, and Endnote a plus.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.