National Specialist, Health Research & Policy (D.C. #1819-49)

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for an National Specialist, Health Research & Policy to join our incredible team in the Washington D.C. office.  Working as a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. 

In this role, you will be responsible for supporting the American Lung Association’s national leadership in lung health policy issues, particularly related to Medicaid coverage. This person will be responsible for researching asthma care coverage in state Medicaid programs and managing other project deliverables related to a major multi-year federal grant. Assists with data collection for a second major multi-year federal grant on tobacco cessation coverage policy. Supports coalition work on waivers and other policies related to Medicaid and state health insurance marketplaces and contributes to comment letters and other American Lung Association documents as appropriate. This is a grant funded position. 


  • Manage collection, analysis, and dissemination of coverage data on guidelines-based asthma care in state Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care plans.
  • Examine, assess and track state tobacco cessation coverage for Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care plans.                               
  • Support coalition work on waivers and other policies related to Medicaid and state health insurance marketplaces.               
  • Draft journal articles, fact sheets and other products for stakeholders related to Medicaid coverage of asthma care.               
  • Provide technical assistance to state Medicaid programs, state public health programs, community-based organizations and other stakeholders.  
  • Write and update factsheets, comment letters, webpages and other American Lung Association documents as appropriate.     


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, health policy or related field. 
  • Two to three years of strong substantive work/internship experience in health policy, asthma, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and/or health systems policy. 
  • Ability to research and analyze health plans, federal and state statutes, policies and legislation with attention to detail.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with database programs.
  • Ability to work well independently. 
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.  


The American Lung Association offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, LTD, Matching 403(b), Paid Vacation/Sick/Holidays.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


To apply send cover letter and resume and salary requirements to (include job title and job number in subject of email):

Human Resources Department

American Lung Association


The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V