Research Associate, Public Health-Healthcare Integration

Job Type

Full Time




2 Boylston Street
United States



We are searching for a Research Associate, Public Health-Healthcare Integration for our Research and Evaluation team to focus on projects that apply a public health lens to healthcare. The Research Associate will provide critical project management and technical assistance to clients for projects that aim to improve healthcare delivery systems in order to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. 

Position Description:

The Research Associate will be involved in all aspects of project management and technical assistance delivery including researching federal, state and local health policies, developing clinical workflows, building consensus among stakeholders on screening and assessment instruments, evaluating best practice healthcare interventions and writing client reports, tools, and recommendations, while working closely with the project lead/PI. The Research Associate will conduct qualitative (key information interviews and focus groups) and quantitative (surveys) data collection and analysis to evaluate healthcare interventions. While this position will focus primarily on healthcare-related projects, the Research Associate will also be involved in community health assessments and evaluation studies that aim to guide the development and implementation of health interventions. Typically, R&E projects focus on topics such as public health-health care integration, social determinants of health, healthcare and housing, behavioral health (substance abuse and mental health), women’s health, cancer screening and treatment, early childhood development, sexual health, among other areas. 

The R&E Department conducts numerous projects led by multiple staff, and the Research Associate will work on many projects at one time with different project leads, including those from other HRiA departments. The Research Associate will be supervised by a Senior Associate but will work closely with all members of the R&E Department. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

While this position will be involved in a variety of tasks, primary duties will include: 

Project and Client Management and Technical Assistance

• Providing technical assistance to clients to meet governmental/contractual process and outcomes requirements (e.g. MassHealth ACO quality measures) 

• Facilitating consensus-building and adoption of common screening and assessment instruments, workflows and data capture and communications systems

• Providing technical assistance to clients to evaluate the effects best practice interventions and systems improvements have on process efficiencies, quality of care and patient outcomes

• Assisting project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing and monitoring project workplans and timelines. 

Data Collection and Analysis

• Conducting qualitative data collection/analysis, including developing focus group and interview guides, conducting interviews with stakeholders and facilitating focus group discussions with a range of participants including healthcare executives to underserved community members and analyzing qualitative data, while working closely with project lead

• Conducting literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, government websites and reading and synthesizing findings and writing memos or draft reports

• Conducting policy research to assist clients with successfully meeting regulations and to identify policy levers to effect public health change

• Conducting quantitative data collection/analysis, including analyzing secondary data as well as assisting in primary data collection (e.g., developing survey instruments, overseeing survey administration, conducting statistical analysis such as frequencies and bivariate analyses), while working closely with project lead

Report Development and Presentation

• Synthesizing data from multiple sources (e.g., focus groups, surveys, secondary data, literature review) and interpreting findings so that they are meaningful to public health practitioners, health care professionals, program planners, and non-academic audiences

• Writing draft health policy, assessment, program evaluation reports, under the guidance of the project lead, geared towards public health practitioners, health care professionals program planners, and non-academic audiences

• Developing PowerPoint presentations of study findings

• Presenting study findings to healthcare executives, community members and other stakeholder audiences, in partnership with the project lead

New Business, and Other Tasks

• Work with the Managing Director of Research and Evaluation and other department and HRiA staff to assist in writing proposals for new business development

• Providing logistical and organizational support for research projects (e.g., logistics for conducting focus groups, note-taking during focus groups, etc.)

• Completing project-related administrative tasks when needed (e.g., formatting reports and proposals, copying and packaging surveys for administration)

• Attending project meetings, as appropriate, and performing other related duties

• Participating in some domestic travel (1 to 2 weeklong trips per year) to assist in data collection for specific projects (e.g., facilitating focus groups, survey administration)

Candidate Qualifications:

• Master’s degree, preferably with a focus in public health, health policy or health care management or the social sciences, and 1-4 years relevant experience

• Strong working knowledge and interest in federal, state and local health care agencies, policies and programs (highest priority)

• Strong working knowledge of the US health care delivery system including funding streams, clinical workflows, EMRs and other data collection and management systems. (highest priority)

• Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, and a range of stakeholders

• Strong written and analytical skills 

• Interest and knowledge of research and evaluation methods (both qualitative and quantitative) used in public health, health care and the social sciences

• Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills; experience in interview/focus group facilitation preferred

• Basic knowledge of statistics using a statistical program such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata

• Knowledge of Microsoft software, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Spanish language skills preferred, but not required

• Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health

• Calm in a fast-paced, busy environment

• Able to work independently and as a part of a team

• Flexibility and a sense of humor

• A valid driver’s license a plus

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements