Principal Associate, Research and Policy Analysis, Public Health Data Improvement Project (Hybrid)

01 Nov, 2022


Principal Associate, Research and Policy Analysis, Public Health Data Improvement Project (Hybrid)

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C.

Project Overview

The public health data improvement project seeks to enhance the ability of public health officials to protect the health and safety of communities through state and federal policy change that would:

  • Improve data exchange between health care providers and public health agencies;
  • Modernize public health data infrastructure and optimize data use; and
  • Strengthen state and local capacity to analyze and use data to inform public policy.


Position Overview

The principal associate, research & policy analysis, supports the advancement of the public health data improvement project’s goals, including changing federal rules and requirements around electronic sharing of standardized public health data and enabling state and local public health agencies to more effectively use such data to protect public health and improve specific health outcomes.


The principal associate will work closely with both the senior officer, federal policy, and the officer, state policy, as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research, and government relations. Under the direction of the senior manager, the principal associate produces and manages research and publications; contributes to the planning and execution of stakeholder meetings and outreach; strategizes and collaborates closely with colleagues working on related Pew initiatives; oversees contracts with external partners; and assists with programmatic priorities as needed.


The principal associate position is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, is eligible for up to 60% telework, and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.



  • Support execution of Pew’s strategy to promote changes to federal policy that enhance public health data exchange, including working with the senior officer (federal policy) to develop measures to assess the extent to which health care providers electronically report data with public health agencies and evaluate the quality of such data.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of federal policy around requirements related to electronic health record (EHR) systems and track related federal policy proposals, supporting the development of public comments as needed.
  • Work with the officer (state policy) to identify a set of states that have demonstrated effective analysis and use of data to improve public health, engaging those states to identify the policies and practices that have led to such success.
  • Plan and execute convenings with experts to determine opportunities to promote widespread uptake of policies and practices that enable state and local health departments to effectively analyze and use data to improve public health.
  • Collaborate with external partners to develop and execute a strategy to disseminate publications to relevant stakeholders for maximum impact.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a research agenda to further the project’s goals by drafting research and methodology plans; conducting literature reviews, landscape scans, and policy analyses; identifying contractors as needed and managing and reviewing their work products; drafting and editing publications (e.g., fact sheets, issue briefs, and/or case studies); and conducting quality control and fact-checking.
  • Develop and enhance knowledge of subject matter by monitoring publications, participating in conferences and other professional development activities, tracking the development and implementation of relevant public policy and trends in the public health field, and identifying the positions of influential stakeholders on key policy issues.
  • Prepare presentations for internal and external meetings, reports/articles on the work and partnership, and information for Pew communications team.
  • Collaborate with program, government relations, legal affairs, communications, research support, event services, and other colleagues to advance the goals of the project and help ensure adherence to internal policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to and participate in Pew-wide projects as requested.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a research, policy, or health-related discipline or equivalent experience is required.
  • At least six years of applicable experience in policy, research, or delivery related to public health or health care.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated abilities to adapt to different writing styles and to convey complex topics to an educated lay audience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Experience thinking strategically and creatively, adjusting to changing circumstances, remaining attentive to details, and exercising sound judgment in problem-solving. Capacity to use these skills proactively to move complex projects forward while working collegially toward common goals.
  • Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high-level of organization. Experience establishing a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.



This position requires up to 20% domestic travel to meetings and conferences.



Total Rewards


We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job posted: 2022-11-01