Health Sector Research Assistant

Job Title

Health Sector Research Assistant

Job Description

Who We Are
The goal of The Whole Health Institute is to make integrative health and wellness accessible to all communities. The Institute works to incorporate current research and best practice on integrative health into mainstream medicine.

The Institute strives to be the conduit for all stakeholders working on integrative health (academic researchers, medical schools, technology trailblazers, health and wellness experts). The Institute defines integrative health as including mental health, meditation, yoga, nutrition, exercise, consciousness, as well as the best approaches in medical care and enhancement of wellness.

The Institute aims to spur innovative thinking about health and health care delivery in order to dramatically transform the medical industry. A truly integrative approach to medicine would mean that medical delivery would be holistic, proactive, and coordinated (not reactive and disjointed as it is today) and individuals would be active participants in managing their own health.

As the Institute will be in Northwest Arkansas, the Institute will pilot much of its work in the region. The Institute will explore how Northwest Arkansas can serve as a microcosm for effective adoption of integrative health and wellbeing practices, with the goal of developing models that can be replicated elsewhere. This will include the creation of an integrative health clinic in Northwest Arkansas.

The Role
Reporting to the Senior Director of Health Sector Finance & Policy, the Health Sector Research Assistant will play a key role in conducting research that examines the clinical and economic effects of health care policy changes in the United States including: insurance coverage expansion, payment reform, federal and state fiscal policy and delivery system change. The Research Assistant will work in collaboration with other internal teams as well as designated collaborating external organizations.

What You Will Do
The incoming Research Assistant will provide operational support for Whole Health activities and projects to improve local, state, and national laws, policies and best practices to create lasting improved health outcomes. The candidate will compile research materials such as periodicals, reports, business dossiers and legislative briefs, maintain research databases and support improvements to inform and influence health policy, all while improving health and health care on a national and global scale.

• Conduct and summarize library and Internet research;
• Assist in the synthesis of information and development of reports, issue briefs and other written products;
• Extract, clean and analyze data (e.g., pending legislation, health care market innovation);
• Evaluate the impact of health policies on health care access, use, quality, and spending;
• Assist with disseminating findings through presentations and manuscripts;
• Conduct literature reviews;
• Gather background information on specific policy changes;
• Draft articles for online newsletters, blogs and other web content;
• Assist in the preparation of policy and grant proposals;
• Conduct agenda development, presenter coordination, and materials preparation for small and large meetings and briefings.

The Whole Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Basic Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an analytical thinker with a track record of managing multiple projects with limited supervision. The individual will have energy, intellectual capacity, strategic business acumen and professional integrity. The ideal background will include:

• 2+ years of relevant work experience preferably in a health care policy or research setting;
• Possess quantitative, analytic, communication, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team;
• Demonstrate project management experience including the ability to efficiently plan, organize, and manage complex, multiple projects simultaneously with limited direction;
• Possess a professional interest in health policy, public policy, public health or other health care issues;
• Demonstrate strong organizational skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and maintain a system of tracking, monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects;
• Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Social Work, Social Science or a related field (applicants must have completed coursework in statistics, mathematics, health policy, economics, or a related field);
• Possess experience with statistical programs (e.g., Stata, SAS, R), database management, and the research process is preferred;
• Knowledge of topics in health policy, health economics, and health care financing in the United States is preferred.