United Hospital Fund works to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker. An independent, nonprofit organization established in 1879, we analyze public policy to inform decision makers, find common ground among diverse stakeholders, and develop and support innovative programs that improve the quality, accessibility, affordability, and experience of patient care. UHF’s current work focuses on achieving health insurance that meets patients’ needs at a price they can afford; high-quality care that consistently produces optimal outcomes and provides a good patient experience; and health services that follow the arc of patients’ and families’ lives—promoting wellness and ensuring coordinated, comprehensive care and support.
THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The goals of the internship program are:
- To provide a unique learning experience in a nonprofit setting addressing critical health care issues in New York that is mutually beneficial to the intern and UHF’s current priorities;
- To collaborate with the intern on specific deliverables to be completed during the internship, providing an audience for internal presentation of the deliverables at the end of the session;
- To contribute to interns’ broader knowledge through exposure to and participation in internal discussions beyond the scope of the intern’s specific project, internal and external meetings and calls as appropriate, and discrete additional projects, time permitting.
United Hospital Fund is looking for two summer interns to work within the Program and Policy division, each providing assistance within one of the potential projects listed below.
Internship project components and deliverables will be defined in collaboration with selected candidates.
Family Behavioral Health. UHF is working to understand and promote payment models that support treating the behavioral health needs of the family unit as a whole. A summer 2018 intern would assist with development of a briefing packet and internal presentation on models of family-centered behavioral health interventions and two-generation (parent and child) interventions in the fields of early childhood education and child welfare. Responsibilities could include developing a literature review approach, identifying and selecting articles for inclusion in the briefing packet, synthesis of materials, and development of a presentation for UHF staff.
Health Insurance Market Analysis. As the health insurance market adjusts to ongoing federal statutory and regulatory changes, UHF continues its long history of analyzing the market in New York. Potential analyses in summer 2018 could include: a landscape of the Essential Plan (New York’s Basic Health Program); updates to UHF’s Big Picture market landscape series; understanding the existing association health plan market in New York; identifying and analyzing available data on the self-funded market; and using treasury data to determine tax implications of ACA coverage and/or single-payer proposals.
Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Children and Families. The effects of the opioid crisis reach far beyond the individuals suffering from opioid dependence. One under-studied component of the crisis is its traumatic effect on children and families and the potential long-term consequences for those closest to individuals with opioid dependence. A summer 2018 intern would support UHF in the development of a multi-state convening on the effects of the national opioid crisis on children and adolescents. Responsibilities would most likely include compiling a literature review on opioid-related policies and programs, assisting with the development of an interview guide, developing meeting materials, and designing workshop sessions.
Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (PECD) Case Studies. UHF has spent the last year working with 11 pediatric primary care practices to utilize routine screening to identify selected psychosocial risks to development associated with childhood and family poverty, and to address those risks through referrals to 18 partnering community-based social service organizations. A summer 2018 intern would develop a case study series profiling two to three PECD participants. Responsibilities could include developing an interview guide, scheduling and participating in interviews with grantees (including potential site visits), and drafting public-facing materials in collaboration with UHF research and communications staff members.
Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health Analysis. The Medicaid Institute at UHF conducts detailed analyses of New York’s program, which serves more than 6 million individuals at a cost of more than $70 billion annually. The summer 2018 intern would support the launch of an emerging series of data briefs that seeks to connect publicly available Medicaid data with available information on the social determinants of health. Responsibilities could include analysis of multiple large datasets, seeking unique relationships such as geographic hotspots, and writing up those findings in the context of emerging State policies and programs encouraging health care stakeholders to also address the social determinants of health.
Time Frame: 8–10 weeks during the summer
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This is a paid internship.
Applicants must be undergraduate or master’s-level students with interest in public health or health policy. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated skills in research, writing, and analysis, and comfort with oral, written, and digital communications in professional settings. Foundational experience in health policy and/or health care services research or care delivery preferred. Applicants should be proficient with spreadsheet analysis and MS Office, in particular Excel. Some skill and experience in qualitative and quantitative research and statistical analysis (such as entering and cleaning data, running basic descriptives, and generating charts and tables based on results) would be valuable.
Apply by e-mail only, to email@example.com, noting “Internship Position” in the subject line and attaching a resume and a cover letter indicating specific interest in at least one of the topic areas listed above.
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