Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst
Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education, advocacy and policy organization established in 1992 in response to the growing health and healthcare crisis. CHC’s mission is to collectively build equitable systems. CHC has been at the forefront of systems change work to eliminate disparities in health and well-being. Our policy areas include Health Systems, Food Justice and Community and Economic Resiliency. Each area represents a unique opportunity to engage members of impacted communities in program and policy development through a wide variety of community interventions and strategies as well as representation and leadership through the coalitions and collaborations convened. With a primary focus on South Los Angeles, CHC works at the local, state, and national level to improve the health of under-served and marginalized communities.
Senior Policy Analyst Summary
CHC’s policy work is achieved through policy research, local coalitions coordination, and a select number of demonstration projects that aim to establish practice and evidence to support our policies. The focus of this work is to address health disparities and health equity, starting with South LA as our geographic center. Under the direction of the Chief Health Equity Officer and the in coordination with the VP of Policy and Government affairs, the Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst provides support in linking healthcare policy and systems changes with enduring community-level investments that promote equity and well-being and eliminate health disparities. This position will support CHC with advancing policy and systems change recommendations on issues such as but not limited to the following:
- COVID-19 Equity Challenges: addressing unequitable distribution of vaccines, promoting the use of trusted sources, and advocating for the creation of sustainable plan in preparation for future pandemics.
- Universal Healthcare: informing the Healthy California for All Commission process and ensuring that it engaged and addressed the needs of those most impacted.
- Streamlined Systems & Strengthened Infrastructure: advocating for legislative and administrative policies that improve enrollment systems, managed care process, and support the workforce.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, monitoring and providing updates and analysis of key healthcare policy issues at national, state, county and local levels; supporting with the development of annual policy priorities and creating policy recommendations as defined by community and coalition partners; outlining policy recommendations via CHC publications (i.e. policy reports, comment letters); providing policy analysis and reporting support on select CHC initiatives; and developing and implementing advocacy strategies inclusive of community stakeholders in order to advance policy impacts, barriers and solutions. In this role, the Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst acts as a consultant and subject matter expert on CHC’s policy agenda, strategies, and initiatives. This position also provides formal and technical policy advice to CHC management, staff, system partners, and the public.
Description of job duties and responsibilities
- Conduct complex healthcare research and analysis to develop and update relevant policies and respond to policy questions from program staff and stakeholders.
- Monitor and provide updates and analysis of relevant policy issues at national, state, county, and city levels.
- Conduct primary data collection using a community based participatory approach as needed. This includes key informant interviews, focus groups, surveying, polling, and environmental assessments.
- Develop and produce policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters or similar materials to inform community members and policymakers.
- Research and maintain a database of relevant materials related to policy priorities including news articles, regulations and/or best-practice models.
- Convene policy workgroups as necessary to understand policy impacts, develop policy recommendations, and create advocacy strategies.
- Provide a policy perspective on intra-agency, cross-agency, and system partner committees, task forces, and work groups.
- In collaboration with leadership, determine impacts and policy implications of new proposals.
- Implement continual processes, standards, and schedules for reviewing and updating program policies.
- Contribute to the development of strategies and helping define department needs and priorities, long range planning and setting goals and objectives.
- Develop and articulate policy positions and recommendations from a wide range of stakeholder perspectives.
- Interpret federal and state statutes, regulations, and guidance required for new business processes, implementing significant local and statewide initiatives.
- Develop and maintain relationships with government agencies, elected offices, and other key advocacy organizations.
- Actively seek out opportunities to promote CHC lead and partnered research.
- Collaborate with other CHC staff to conduct educational activities to build staff, community, and coalition advocacy and research capacity (some activities will be to assist the team).
- Support and guide CHC staff (including interns, and junior analysts) in policy related work.
- Create or oversee the creation of educational materials to support coalition partners and other stakeholders (i.e., Fact sheets, toolkits, presentations, newsletters and web content).
- Master’s degree in public health, public policy, urban planning, public affairs, sociology, social welfare, or another health-related field; AND
- Minimum 3 years of research or policy experience in a nonprofit, foundation or governmental setting
- Minimum 2 years working at a community-based organization, including familiarity with coalition or meeting facilitation and health disparities
- Knowledge of healthcare and public health systems
- Knowledge and experience in both qualitative and quantitate research methods, including community-based participatory research
- Knowledge of policy development, public health/social determinants of health and legislative processes
- Research experience and publication of at least 2 policy reports, journal articles, or issue briefs
- Ability to interact with diverse communities, stakeholders, researchers, and government agencies
- Experience working in underserved and minority communities, particularly in the South LA region
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including publications
- Experience developing trainings from inception to delivery, preferred
- Ability to prepare professional presentations that can be delivered through webinars and in person
- Comfortable with being flexible as the policy landscape changes and to “think outside the box”
- Comfortable acting as an individual contributor and self-motivated to work independently
- Willingness to travel throughout the local area, statewide and nationally on occasion and more regularly after the pandemic
- Innovative and solution oriented
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
- Familiarity with ArcGIS, STATA, SPSS and Qualitative Analysis Software (Atlas) a plus
TO APPLY: Please email a 1-page Cover Letter describing how your experience is a match for this position, and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls, please. Include the title of the position you are applying for in the Subject line of your email.
Community Health Councils is a non-profit, community-based health advocacy, policy and educational organization. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision and 403b plans, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
Job posted: 2021-03-12