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[Stanford Premed] Health Policy Assistant Position with US Assistant Surgery General (more info)
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Thu Apr 21 13:02:15 PDT 2011
*I. JOB OVERVIEW: *
*Title of Position**: *Health Policy Research Associate and Special
*Organization**: *Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
(CSPC), Health and Medicine Program; http://www.thepresidency.org.
*Expected Start Date**: *June 2011 or earlier
*II. ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION**:*
This position is located in the Health and Medicine Program of the Center
for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), which is under the
direction of former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, Rear
Admiral Susan Blumenthal (ret.), M.D., M.P.A<http://www.susan-blumenthal.org/>.
The mission of CSPC’s Health and Medicine Program is to improve health by
fostering national and international research, service delivery, and
education programs through informed public policy. The Center’s Health and
such health issues as re-engineering the health system to increase
access, effectiveness, and efficiency as well as to decrease costs; health
disparities; public health and prevention; innovation in biomedical
research; bioethics; global health including with emerging threats such as
pandemic flu, the chronic disease epidemic, obesity, and bioterrorism; and
health diplomacy. CSPC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks
to further the understanding and functioning of the American Presidency and
Congress and their related institutions to apply lessons learned to educate,
illuminate, and inspire future leaders and to enhance public policymaking
for the President, his Administration, and the Congress.
An internationally recognized health expert and leader, Dr. Susan
Blumenthal<http://www.susan-blumenthal.org/>served for more than 20
years in senior leadership positions in the U.S.
Federal Government including as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, the first
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and Senior Global Health and
e-Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as
a Senior Public Health Advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council.
As a leading advocate, policymaker, and national spokesperson on critical
health issues facing America and the world today, Admiral Blumenthal has
been named by the *New York Times*, the National Library of Medicine, and
the *Medical Herald* as one of the most influential and important women in
medicine. She was awarded the 2009 Health Leader of the Year by the
Commissioned Officers Association of the United States and was recently
named as a 2010 Rock Star of
the Geoffrey Beene Foundation.
*III. JOB DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS**:*
Specific duties and responsibilities of the Research Associate and Special
Assistant include the following:
§ Provide research support and conduct policy writing for the Health and
Medicine Program’s initiatives. This work involves studies and activities on
a broad spectrum of national and international health issues such as health
reform, obesity and nutrition, prevention, health promotion, and public
health preparedness, women’s health, biomedical and comparative
effectiveness research, health care delivery, and global health. **
§ Serve as the Project Manager for the Center’s year-long nutrition and
food policy initiative, *SNAP to Health: Improving Nutrition in the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program*, which seeks to build evidence
for improving nutrition in SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamps Program)
as a critical ingredient of national obesity prevention efforts. The Project
Manager will coordinate and contribute to the work of an interdisciplinary
team of seven experts in federal and state health policy, nutritional
epidemiology, agricultural economics, and health communications to undertake
the following activities:
– Design and implement a survey of a broad range of SNAP stakeholder
groups to identify the barriers and opportunities for improving the
nutrition of SNAP beneficiaries, with results to be published in a
– Synthesize findings from the project team’s analysis of the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to determine
the current effects of SNAP on its young beneficiaries, ages 4-19, into the
project report. Develop policy recommendations for SNAP provisions in the
2012 Farm Bill, based on results from the stakeholder survey and the NHANES
analysis, to be published in a policy report and distributed to lawmakers,
key stakeholder groups, and the general public.
– Supervise the design and launch of an interactive website to serve
as a forum for public discourse on improving nutrition in SNAP.
– Implement a communications plan to disseminate project findings,
including Capitol Hill and National Press Club briefings, online social
media strategies, and presentations at relevant major conferences.**
§ Manage activities of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and
Congress’s *Commission on* *U.S. Federal Leadership in Health and Medicine:
Charting Future Directions*, an initiative for non-partisan analysis of key
challenges in health and medicine in the United States and globally. The
Commission, co-chaired by Dr. Blumenthal and Denis Cortese, MD, Emeritus
President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, is comprised of health leaders from
government and the private sector including Nobel laureates, former Cabinet
secretaries, NIH Directors, and leading members of the health policy
community, academia, research, and media. The Commission develops strategic
recommendations to advance health in America and worldwide. The Special
Assistant will help organize Commission and working group meetings on
re-engineering America’s health care system, advancing public health in the
United States, promoting global health and health diplomacy, and
strengthening U.S. medical and public health research, as well as assist in
writing Commission reports, memos and other documents.
§ Write policy reports, briefs, memoranda, letters, and opinion pieces for
§ Provide leadership in the identification, writing, and submission of
grant applications to support the work of the Health and Medicine Program.
- Attend health policy briefings, legislative hearings, and health and
medicine conferences in Washington, D.C. and other locations. The Research
Associate will also have unique opportunities to visit the White House; to
attend events at the U.S. Capitol Building, various Embassies, and other
venues; and to meet legislators, Ambassadors, national health officials, and
other health leaders.
- Conduct administrative tasks in the general management and function of
the Health and Medicine Program office and supervise Health and Medicine
*IV. Time Period, Salary and Benefits:*
This full time position requires a minimum commitment of one year with a
preferred start date of June 2011 or earlier. The annual salary is
$30,000-$40,000, depending on qualifications. The Center for the Study of
the Presidency and Congress provides a generous health and dental benefits
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree with relevant coursework in health and science.
Graduate work and degrees are encouraged.
- Outstanding writing skills and experience in internet research as well
as basic familiarity with health, medical, and policy issues and research.
- Outstanding organizational skills to manage multiple activities and
- Familiarity with nutrition, obesity, and agricultural policy issues is
- Highly self-motivated with a strong interest in the future of U.S. and
global health policy.
- Previous internship or work experience in health policy or legislative
settings is desirable.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in grant writing is an asset.
- Excellent facility with Microsoft Office applications including Word,
PowerPoint, and Excel.
To apply for the position of Research Associate for Health Policy and
Special Assistant, please send the following materials by email to Sophie
Turrell, Health Policy Research Associate and Special Assistant, at
sophia.turrell at gmail.com, cc: healthinstitutes at gmail.com. Applications will
be reviewed on a rolling basis.
· *Resume*, complete with GPA and any standardized test scores including
SAT, MCAT, and others.
· *Cover letter* detailing your interest in the position and dates of
· *Writing sample*, preferably 2-5 pages, on a topic related to nutrition
and agricultural policy, health, science, or medicine. **
· *Three references *- the names of 3 references who may be contacted at a
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