Non-tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor, Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab, Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine
We are seeking an experienced faculty member to spearhead the expansion of the Department of Population Health’s capacity to conduct applied evaluations that identify innovations to improve health outcomes through medical care, public health, and social policy initiatives.
In Spring 2016, the Department, in partnership with the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, created the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab (HEAL). This position will serve as Associate Director of HEAL and will join the faculty and research staff working to build this new Lab focused on applied evaluations of real-time efforts to improve health outcomes. In its first year, HEAL has focused on building and using a very large database that captures information from every medical care claim paid by the New York State Medicaid program. In close collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, HEAL has built a Medicaid Claims Data System that allows for great flexibility in a) identifying individuals who are affected by new “treatments” (which could be new care approaches, new social policies, or new Medicaid policies); b) measuring outcomes for these individuals; and c) developing comparison samples to facilitate assessing impacts associated with the “treatments.” The data set has information for the past 10 years and is updated two or three times annually.
This position will help faculty both at NYU and around New York State use these and related data effectively. This position will play a leadership role in defining research initiatives that benefit from this data source and interacting with both funders and collaborating faculty who wish to work on research and evaluation projects. The faculty member will also play a key management role at HEAL.
HEAL is just one project, however, that involves innovative evaluative research within the Department of Population Health. Faculty also are actively involved in evaluative research to assess programs to reduce obesity and other chronic conditions. Faculty are engaged in studies of initiatives that focus on a wide array of social determinants of health to learn how to improve health through social policy.
It is expected that this new faculty member would work closely with both the Chief of the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department and with the Director of HEAL to develop a long-term vision that facilitates the creation of new research partnership opportunities and enhances the visibility and impact of both HEAL specifically and the Department and Section more generally.
Fund raising to support these research efforts is an integral part of this position. Many of the applied projects conducted within the Section and HEAL start with funding from health providers, foundations, state or local governments, and an array of non-profit organizations in New York focused on health and well being. In addition, some initial projects identify opportunities for funding from NIH and other federal research funding sources for larger scale research efforts.
Leadership - Spearhead the development of evaluative research capacity at DPH as Associate Director of the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab (HEAL), a joint initiative of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Wagner. Contribute vision and expertise to long- and short-range planning. Expand the lab’s capacity to foster and support large-scale evaluations of natural and planned variation in programs that address improved health.
Research – Develop and carry out a program of independent research on public health and/or policy-related themes, and contribute to and collaborate on the grant-supported research and evaluation portfolio of the other faculty. Participate on research and evaluation teams by developing research objectives, outlining appropriate research methods, supervising research staff, contributing to data analysis and interpretation, and producing reports and manuscripts associated with the studies. Develop and publish about new analytical methods that support rigorous evaluations.
Grants, Publications, and Conferences – Identify and pursue funding opportunities including initiatives that could be funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal sources. Author research and evaluation publications and other products. Develop and disseminate content, give talks and presentations for a range of audiences including academia and service providers.
Relationship Building and Communications –
External: Forge productive collaborations with relevant stakeholders in public and population health (e.g., scientific community, policymakers, grassroots organizations, and the general public) and enhance HEAL’s contributions to local and national issues related to evaluation research.
Internal: Engage Department of Population Health faculty in collaboration on evaluation projects. DPH has strong depth in evaluative research; faculty are involved in a wide range of trials and community-based evaluative research focused on assessing innovations that promote population health. Work to identify and realize new collaborations in these areas.
Continuous Learning - Maintain and advance current expertise in area of focus. Serve as a resource to peers and work collaboratively with other disciplines within the area of expertise.
How to Apply
Send CV, cover letter, and list of three references to Natalie.Covill@nyumc.org. Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Position start date is flexible; summer or fall 2017 is possible.